When thinking back on yesterday, I was ready to write I didn’t do too much, as I did get busier by the moment. In fact, I did write several thoughts down on characters and situations.
Even looked at an antagonist and viewed him two different ways that intrigued me (possessive/controlling/selfish and acting out of duty/purpose), The first was the initial thought, the second came after contemplating his role, and are all antagonists so predatory?
Well, nothing better than a tragic hero who’s fatal flaw has overridden his senses, AKA tunnel vision, AKA motive. Even if I went all predator it could be depicted as someone who wants to do right, but ends up doing the wrong thing. Internal conflict for the win.
These ideas came after I wrote about writing a horror series and I wrote about a protagonist who was being stalked. I then asked myself if this would work with a previous concept I was developing.
Also started working back on the TV show concept with the dysfunctional family. Trying to distill the premise into two concrete sentences. It sounds simple until you try it out.
Man with the abilities to bend space and time creates “do over” business with his dysfunctional family. As his company succeeds, his family and friends relationships implode, and rivals attempt to control or destroy him.
Will eventually replace the word “man” with a character name, and tweak the premise a little more.
© S Raynard Haynes
Sometimes I have to be grateful for little victories. I sometimes get up and am crank the whole day. Today I woke up, did what had to be done, and now I’m awake with no signs of being highly irritated. That alone feels great.
That said I was a LAZY writer over the weekend. I lived to distract, procrastinate, and have time for family. Decided maybe, just maybe might be time for an RPG game because playing MOBAs has stressed me.
When playing with people, they either work together, or they fall apart as a team. After a few matches that turned into hot messes, I had enough. None of that made me want to write though. I embarrass myself.
I’ve also been in an online class to write better for TV. Typing my notes gave me an opportunity to review what I was processing, and I rethought the spec pilot fantasy script I wrote a while back. For clarity, I wrote a pilot and two additional episodes. HATED the first episode, and rewrote parts of it extensively.
The second was tossed and rewritten, and I liked the third. It seems I worked my way up to a likable spot. Still, I need to look at this and see if I can make it work. I enjoyed writing, it was that I was inadequately able to give the material the polish it needs.
Writing is very much a long, long road. Yet, I never want to give it up, or not try to make better stories.
Happy creative endeavors.
Tailgating off my last post on ideas becoming a premise, I took out a sheet and wrote out story title, idea, premise, and lastly research topics. This is me trying to get my concepts into some type of rotation I can complete. For example, the novel (yes, I still work on it) has aspects of dance in them, so I have some books on dancing to take notes on.
The TV show has several topics, such as; LLC, politics, religion, dysfunctional families, corporate business, and self-confidence. I need to read some articles at minimum on these, and maybe peep a book or two for some varying point of views.
Research plays an important part in stories, as it gives authenticity to the text, as well as clarifies points to help shape the story better. I am sure I can find more articles.
So now I have a to do list of work to be done. Sadly, I put this on a blank sheet of paper, and not a notebook. it’s still attached to my clipboard. May need to buy a binder soon, to make sure I hold onto papers like this.
Happy creative endeavors.
I took a few days away from working on my series that was inspired from my jokes, and after yesterday’s blog post on story styles, I felt inspired to revisit the concept with more thoughts. Let me also add that I will have to do some research, so we’ve gone into a new stage.
As per past posts the story revolves around a man who has global influence, and is trying to work with his dysfunctional family. My initial thoughts is he was trying to find his voice. That still holds true, but I think he has a new role he’s trying to please a lot of people while remaining true to himself.
I think the MC/hero/protagonist starts and LLC, and it grows like wildfire. His mom is in charge of the business as she manages him, the finances, and the demands. She has become the an influential person who is the closest to her son.
Location was another aspect I worked on. The story takes place in Charleston, SC (or outside the city). This is personal, as I am from the south, and I know this region well. The main setting is the business which is set in a restored southern mansion.
Needless to say I need to brush up on businesses, and southern mansions, because I’d like for this to be a strong aspect of the series. This also made me think of ideas for the series.
Below are some notes I made as thought this out:
- Getting sued. I know it’s an LLC, BUT I imagine people want access to the MC unfiltered.
- The MC has a unintentional monopoly no on can match, and this sets some people’s shorts on fire.
- People want favors at the MC’s expense.
- People want Mom’s favor and try to bribe or blackmail her,
- MC has to learn when to say “no,” and not being a people pleaser when the business has policies he and his mom are ironing out.
- Mom and MC are having issues over policies. Some she insists upon, others he insists upon.
Tomorrow I may post something I found to be a problem: I want to create some other relatives that have positive influence on the MC. I’m thinking an aunt (Mom’s sis) and a Uncle (Dad’s brother) who may or may not work for him.
As always, happy creative endeavors.
I write this, searching for a title, then I realizes that it is about me. Or its not about my ego. What I keep going for is writing on a daily basis to keep me pushing forward. When I don’t have much to say, I still end up wanting to put something down.
Earlier today it occurred to me that I need to get the rest of my ideas in order, otherwise I’d be slacking off. At some point I need to see my writing evolve beyond the stages of plotting, planning, and revisions. It needs to be published and/or produced.
The obvious is always, “keep writing,” however I should add to it, “and keep pushing and evolving as an artist.” I do love the process, and sometimes it does feel like a hard grind, but there needs to be some payoff beside me struggling. Some light at the end of the tunnel.
Odd to feel at odds with writing, yet that’s what’s happening.
As always, happy creative endeavors.
After yesterday’s post I let some ideas marinate some more and found myself asking why these characters do what they do. I took it a step further and decided I should do it in two or less sentences.
Dad: He resents the hell outta his family for cramping his free-spirited style and punished them with 100% no contact for years. Now he wants a second chance.
Mom: Hates feeling vulnerable after hubby dumped her and the kids, and this has lead to eventual toughness, and her second chance with her son. She fears she’s falling back into old patterns, especially when her husband comes back into their lives.
First Son: Embraces his vices (drinking, gambling, affairs) as they serve his narcissism, and thus makes him feel better about himself. It’s really about what people can do for him.
Second Son: Has had an emotional disconnect with the world, and has a new chance at life, but must find his voice/confidence, or he’ll drag himself and others down. Often spends time peacefully in his thoughts.
I have more ideas for characters, namely the grandparents. The main thing was to get the family in place.
Also this is a sort of fantastical story, however the characters needed to feel real to me, or else they’d simply be passive in the world. The true tension will come from people not events.
It’s funny cause my Mom was telling me she was sure it’s Wednesday. I’m like, way to undermine my confidence –in jest, of course. Sometimes days seem to run together and blend, which can be frustrating, BUT is a small thing to overcome.
That said, it’s part of my day now, and I’ve gotten in the habit of noticing things and writing them down. Why write them down? It’s part of writing, and often leads to other ideas. For example; what would happen if we were thrown off not for a moment, but for years, and we have to put our life back together?
Or, what if a parent was undermining their child? A bit dark, but I’m intrigued enough to want to explore the concept more (which started off as confusion and a joke)
It’s the stuff of creativity, which is the house I dwell in, so nothing’s too small to overlook, in regards to ideas and putting them down on paper. Ideas are fine, but to take this further would require more thought and details to turn this from simple ideas to a premise that makes me, the writer, want to work more on it, BUT I know now there’s a start.
Happy creative endeavors.