Sunday, August 29, 2010

An old writing post

This was written, but not published, ages ago. I haven't even reread it to see what it says - but I'd like to get it out of the way.

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First off - I've been writing at least a page every morning/afternoon for the past few weeks, and it's really great. You get into the routine of doing it - and if you're interested as a hobbyist in doing anything, it's important to find to time do it.

I've really been proud of myself with the progress I've been able to make with the script I'm working on - and I've almost finished another two scenes just today - bringing me ever close to finishing the first draft of this thing. And that's very exciting.

Free from the Beeb
I've been doing research on writing, and on writing scripts - and I'm excited to say that I've found a link from the BBC that offers a free download of some script-writing software if you're interested. Check it out and download it if you'd like.

Note to self
I'm just linking here - it'd be great to have a literary agent. Here's a link to one. Also, if you're looking for tips or information on software or building a scene list, you can look here. And if you're looking to pitch your project to someone else - you definitely want some pointers on how to write a Treatment, which is located in this link.

Finding inspiration

I haven't had trouble with inspiration - because I haven't changed projects too often. I've got the Tomb of the Undead and Lefevre's Redemption articles going for me. When it comes to writing something new - I just haven't got to it yet. I really want to wrap these up before I move on to something else - although I did develop a new stylistic technique/strategy for LR that could take some of this article's advice:
The screenwriters guide suggests you practice the art of people watching, with a close detailed observation in all your daily activities. t will become easier once you begin to make it a point to people watch. Not only will inspiration strike when you least expect it, but watching people can help you see the truth in your script writing. Your screenplays will take on a whole new level as you begin writing more realistically and authentically from your heart. And your characters actions and dialog [sic] will become more realistic as well.
I'm not sure if anyone is familiar with the soft lead and the feature story structures - but they work in a simple way. You start your story off with something interesting, but not necessarily essential to your story. This is the "Feel good" beginning, where you often say, "He didn't always want to be a pro baseball player, it just fell into his lap" and then go into how the player got his first taste of baseball from a random fly ball that hit him on the bleachers or something.

This would segue into an article on the pro baller and then end with a reminiscent tone of his early beginnings, referencing that early accomplishment. It would be like, "He's sure come a long way from having baseball dropped into his lap - now he's hitting homeruns out into the laps of the next generation of soon-to-be ball players." Or something like that. It's kinda kitschy, but it's also sentimental.

Anyhow - this is important to me because I think I can use this narrative technique in Lefevre's Redemption over the course of a few chapters. Instead of writing a narrative chapter just explaining what happens and what is said, you start with a soft lead, talking about a moment in the past that might serve some relevance to what happens in the chapter, and then you end with a reference to it again - the reader has a moment of recollection from the past, connecting the importance of what he learned back then, and how it applies to know, and packages the story in a neat and sentimental sort of way. It's a powerful technique if done properly. And I think it could crank Lefevre's Redemption up a notch when you're reading it.

Anyhow - people watching is a great way to get inspiration. You can just see them and let your prejudices and imagination invent histories and motivators for them, imagine what they're up to, where they're going, and what they're like. Then using that motivation to develop a story or back story that fits what you're looking for.

I'm looking forward to this! Granted, not looking forward to the heavy editing and rewriting that Lefevre's Redemption still requires. I've only gone through the first four chapters in this phase of the edit, and it's cumbersome!

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