Damaged II

After the previous post, I looked at each of my characters to see the direction I steered them towards. A lot of my characters stated as an extremely passive. They didn’t act or react to their situations, nor did they reach for a goal, which is bad for story and character progression.

I also previously wrote that it seemed like “damaged” characters (manly from soap operas I used to watch) made things happen in storylines. Those characters with passion seemed to have the freedom to act. When some of these cats got knocked down, they got back on their feet, and tried a different approach.

The above actions are typically what I see with villains in many stories. They could be earnest, aggressive, and assertive. They didn’t simply react, they acted, they had goals, and no one was getting in their way. If you did get in their way, well, you were bound for trouble.

Heroes should be this way as well, and this may have been a blinding factor for me.

In soaps, many heroes (not all) can be passive, unsuspecting, and clueless to the world around them. The hero defined the genre of melodrama, which is, bad things happen to good people. To me, a soap opera hero didn’t have to do much in the story other than be the constant victim of a damaged character.

It’s only when the hero’s caught onto what was going on in the world around them, was he or she able to react, but it’s always at a late, late moment. By then the villain has made attempts to get their goals, got thwarted, and took a different routes to get what they want. The villain has had far more time to for character development and growth. The villain pushes the narrative with great urgency and strength.

Some villains typically do what the hero should be doing in a given story, which is make things happen.  It also suggests to me that the narrative theory is that those only who have desire act in a devious manner.  If you are bubbled and pure you will persevere though simply being good.  Total rubbish.

I believe characters must be active in their own story or they will be supplanted by another more engaging characters.  This may also explain the appeal of villains as secret MCs in storylines.  Think of how flat some storylines are when the hero and/or villains are cardboard. It’s what I’m doing right now.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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Damaged

This is something I’ve been mulling over since the time I’ve said in a previous blog that my melodramatic characters seem to have more action and reaction than the blank slates that are their counterparts in my other stories.  This still seems odd to me. Why does the melodrama story have more life than my other stories?

This is coming from a guy who has watched soaps for years. Back in the day, my Mom watched soaps and we weren’t allowed to change the channel while her soaps were on.  She watched primarily CBS shows, but from time to time, My Aunt and she mentioned liking Dark Shadows—which is odd cause my Mom does not do the supernatural—yet there she was watching it.

That said, I see a little of what my other characters were missing—Many of the characters are damaged in some way, and they play that pain out in their actions (most of the time).

Don’t get me wrong, I have seen some sorry-ass storylines/resolutions, but I’ve seen some compelling ones too.  What I’m getting at is the characters are who they are, and they try to work with what they have.

Outside of the melodrama story, most of my characters have more flat performances, and never leave their stoic bubble, which I have to admit has been a problem for me as a writer. My creative energy gets sapped when the “bubble” characters stop causing things to happen, and are passive in their own story.

With the melodrama story, I made characters selfish, self-absorbed, secretive, self-righteous, hateful, and scornful. They never apologized for their actions or behavior unless it got them something they wanted.

These are also attributes I give to villains in the other stories, and they have the freedom to act.  SO I need to take a long, hard look at my main characters, and as opposed to torturing them, allow them to be dirty, damaged, and make things happen as opposed to staying in a bubble. I still can torute them. I just want them to be better.

Happy creative endeavors.

The Weekend

Hey,

Today looks promising, and it is. I have to set some committed goals and deadlines for myself, otherwise I may never get anything done. Pretty much like this weekend, where I mostly gamed ALL DARN DAY except for when I was cooking (spaghetti), and I have to take some time to make it taste good, otherwise my family will hate on my cooking skills. Can’t have that.

What annoyed me, and I need to break away from, is too much gaming. So, I need to set aside one hour minimum to get writing done, then I can game.  Also I need to play a few different games. I’ve been maxing out my time on three games that I really need to step back from–if only for a week or two—to put energy towards learning new things.

Also I’d like to see my writing output on a consistent level. I did, before going to bed, jot down some of what I wanted to see from myself, and here it is:

  • I’d like to watch more movies and TV shows. Do something other than gaming.
  • I need to pick three of my writing projects and get them to completion. This means:
  1. Idea (defined)
  2. Premise (refined Idea)
  3. Research
  4. Outline
  5. Writing
  6. Cool off
  7. Revise
  • Gaming in moderation—it’s for fun, relaxing, and a bit of escapism.  Also I can post more gaming vids on a frequent basis.

Reading more. Sometimes it pays to read a novel or two.  Something for enjoyment,

My ultimate goal is to get myself into a healthy frequency of writing with a balance of materials such as entertainment, and keeping up with my blog.  If I can get at least two posts this week, then I’m doing well.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

 

 

Wallet and Keys

For a brief moment I forgot I placed my wallet and keys in my book bag, and was walking around carefree. It was only after I was in the middle of returning a cart to another department that I realized I didn’t have the wallet on me, or my keys, so I panicked.

How was I gonna eat, or get back into my home without either. I sincerely hope I didn’t drop  them.  Then it downed on me that neither was lost, but in my book bag. A few moments later, they were back with me. I felt safe again.  If this isn’t a basis for a story, well, then I’m doing something wrong. At least I got a sense of relief.

I almost feel like getting a latte, however, I won’t be getting one.  That’s a story for another day.  For the moment I just want to back in the glow that I didn’t forget or lose my wallet and keys.

Happy creative endeavors.

Tuesday Adventures

So research is getting done, some ideas are flowing, and I need to get more organized.  The ultimate goal is always to get the stories completed, and never forgetting that writing is rewriting. Sounds daunting, but at the same time highly rewarding.

I was discussing with peeps how sometimes goofy ideas can be fun AND lead to greater stories. TO be honest, it leads me to something left to center and challenging me to figure out how this particular story works, and how I try and resolve story and character issues.

The good part that I’m learning is that I need to push the ideas further into a more concrete direction (premises). Remembering this will help me do better in the future.

Part of this is about pushing forward, which sometimes feels overwhelming, and staggering. On my part, I simply need and want to do more to my my stories clearer, developed, and putting in the hours to get to that polished point.  It always seems like the goal is miles away, and I have yet to get started, even though I’ve already started.

So today is going to be more like other days to keep writing with a new step, “push myself harder to get to a polished story.”

As always, happy creative endeavors.

When the Pane Shatters

Window pane, of course.  Yesterday consisted of me working on some lines and descriptions for a horror story. It was something to keep the hand and mind occupied-as opposed to buys. Busy to me meant my hand was simply moving, and mind darting all over the paper.

I want to push this further, since I keep getting my focus broken, so these staccato-esque sentences and fragments may help, and it keeps me writing, so I’m in favor of that.  Also I want to know what this is leading to.

On a side note, I was reminded that the fantasy script contained a LOT of horror elements, and this over three episodes was it’s one consistent element. I still need to make clear what the main character’s evolution is going to be.

Part of me says he needs to work better with people, another part says he needs to chill, while another part suggest he needs to close his cases and worry less on others.  More work to do.

Have a good weekend, and happy creative endeavors.

 

Distractions

Granted some of the distractions is procrastination on my part, but when I do hunker down and get ready for business, one of the things that seems to be common is people find a way to interrupt me repeatedly, and thus break my flow.  There seems to be no relief from this kind of foolishness.

It does grate my nerves when I find a quiet moment and make myself sit down and put effort into a project. I say make myself because most of the time I have plenty of creative thoughts, but when I commit to a time to write them, it seems the thoughts up and run away.  They’re worse than feral cats that want the food, but refuse anything else.

So a moment’s peace, commitment, and looking up notes should be a great combo of event that lead to action, right? Wrong. Suddenly my name is called several times within a twenty minutes span, or someone hovers like they’re some damn Crimson Peak ghost and shit.  I have to stop what I’m doing and address some things that often DON’T Need me, but rather the person in question seeks attention.

The worst part is when I play video games, no one bothers me, or I get extra cranky enough to say pointedly, “do not interrupt my gaming,” which usually gets fam to leave me alone.  I’m gonna need to do a “do not interrupt my writing unless of an emergency.”  That might help me out a lot.

Conversely, at work, I’ve gotten used to jotting ideas down and being interrupted, but not being annoyed.  I put ideas down quickly, and try my best not to write anything that’s extra long, or use bullet points.

Happy creative endeavors.