Busy

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

 

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Monday, Not Cranky

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.

T.I.P.R.

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.

No Support, No Tank…Yet

Since everything is a story in itself, and serves for inspiration for whatever anyone may do, let me tell you of my adventures in gaming–namely Paladins.   Paladins is an online multiplayer FPS (First Person Shooter). Similar to MOBAs, but it’s in first person. It’s closer to Overwatch than it is to Smite (Hi-Rez makes both games Paladins and Smite, BTW) .

I started the game a while ago, however abandoned it for a while. Yesterday was the day to get reacquainted.  Why the abandonment? I was playing multiple games, and this one was frustrating me.

I was frustrated because even though I was equally new, the team composition was always off. Everyone wanted to be the damage dealer or flanker. We had no one playing support (heals and/or protection),  or tank (soaks up damage and could stay on the point).

The formula was simple, a support could help keep the tank alive with heals, while the flanker and damage dealers picked off the enemy team.  Since I was too logical for my own good I would either play tank or support, and it annoyed me because if I was the tank, I had no back up. If I was the support, the enemy flankers could pick me off. No one stayed on the point to capture it.

So I returned to the game, to be refreshed and try my hardest to make do with what I have to go with.  Many of the games, the same thing happens. No tank, or no support. I still play both roles, but not at the same time. This is a for better or worse deal as I’m determined to enjoy the game and get the basics down.

Now image if these were people critical to your team, and they all want to be the top damage dealer and score kills (success, sex, or wealth). I say story motive.  Also quitting a team or abandoning them because you’re frustrated with your role.

Tuesday and Mom Thinks It’s Wednesday

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.

Sunday

Today I woke up knowing I didn’t do any writing yesterday when I had free time, and that’s really on me.  It was truly free time where no one was around to disrupt me, and I didn’t necessarily feel like playing games at the time. I wanted to relax, and enjoy my free time.  So I was a bit indulgent.

I did contemplate a several ideas, BUT I was slack in writing thoughts down.  For the record, I wasn’t playing games all day, I just ran a gang of scenarios through my imagination, and failed to capitalize on my own creativity.

That said, I am now at a moment where I can at least write a blog post, so I should lead my writing with something decent. At this point for story content, if I can do five sentences in a day, that would be more productive than I was yesterday.  Something to keep me going forward, and not stagnant.

I really need to make myself write more–for better or worse.

Happy creative endeavors/

 

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Monday

Well this has been a long time coming, and I’ve been feeling a bit pressed and dealing with some twists and turns.  First my schedule changed, so it’s been me lagging everywhere. Which time changes come different duties, and that kept me pressed.

I’ve been sleep deprived trying to manged my day, and not wanting to be lagging. I also gave up lattes for a couple of weeks because, it was too pricey, and the local coffee shop closed for two weeks, which made my decision easier to handle.

That said I don’t feel creative and often don’t, but this is a hot mess that needs to be fixed. I need to press myself forward and write more.  So, as always, I start with a blog post, and hope that I make some writing happen. I also may have to go back on my word and get a latte, or some coffee.

As always, happy creative endeavors.