Drop Back and Punt…

October 18, 2012

I had a great theme for today’s story… It was supposed to be about a more or less psychopathic guy that is put into the position of being a hero. At the climax of the story, he was supposed to say “So it’s all fun and games until I kill someone…” But the story that I’ve begun doesn’t really sit well with me the way I’ve been telling it so far.
Right now, I’m more wrapped up in the minutiae of setting up the story, and explaining how everything got to that point rather than just telling the story. I think the problem is that I was attempting to start with the line then drop into a flashback setup for everything, but there’s too many characters that need to be positioned, and too much action that needs to be described for me to be comfortable with what I’ve written and for me to take that approach…
So, after I get back from today’s Filmmaker’s Guild meeting at OU, I’m going to scrap what I’ve written, and restart today’s project.
I’ll let you know how it goes…


Feeling Good

October 17, 2012

As I mentioned in my earlier post, Quit Slacking!, I’m now putting forth an effort to at least write a short story everyday. While this is only the second day of my effort, I managed to write another complete short story today, and this is really beginning to feel good! I don’t think I’ve felt this creative and good about my writing (in general) in more than 10 years! I’ve definitely written better stories in that time, mind you, but I don’t think I’ve felt this good in ages!

I can’t wait for tomorrow!


Quit Slacking!

October 17, 2012

I think I’ve mentioned once or twice that I finally graduated from college. Since that time, I’ve worked on multiple short films, have taken care of my mother a lot, and been to Virginia twice. What I haven’t done is spend much time writing. Yes, I wrote a story for a contest, which I obviously didn’t win, but beyond that I haven’t done much.
I’m extremely lucky. I’ve been afforded a whole year to get myself together, career wise, without needing to be concerned about finding a job. I’m now roughly six months into this period, but I haven’t gotten anything done to show for it. I’ve decided to get my butt in gear.
Starting yesterday, I’m making an effort to write a short story everyday. It doesn’t matter whether the story is one of my better ones or not, it also doesn’t matter if it’s in a genre I feel comfortable writing in; what matters is that I’m writing. I’m not abandoning my screenwriter ambitions nor my desire to write a complete novel; I’m just trying to get through and over my mounting self-doubt that I can make it as a writer. A writer must write, must make efforts towards achieving her/his goals, and until now I’ve not done that.
That changes now. I’ve decided to quit slacking. What about you?


Writing Competition

June 25, 2012

There’s a certain writing competition going on right now that I’m planning to enter. I’m leaving it nameless right now because only a limited number of entries are going to be accepted, and the challenge is going to be difficult enough for me to begin with. The basic competition is to write a chapter of a potential novel using a particular character, and an outline for the rest of the novel.
Part of the challenge for me is that until this weekend, I hadn’t read anything involving the character, and at this time last week, I hadn’t even heard of it. Furthermore, the story must be in a genre I don’t really enjoy to read, let alone write. Still, after I read the first two books this weekend, I think I have a decent understanding of the character and feel for how the stories work. What surprises me most is that working on my entry has been surprisingly fun. I’m only about 10% done with my entry but I feel that I could easily write the full novel.
The moral of this post is that while writing with someone else’s character(s) in a genre that you don’t usually use can be scary, it can be quite liberating! Without being confined to the traditions and rules others feel obligated to constrain themselves to, you have the opportunity to surpass them. The only concern I have with this competition is that while I’ve read 2 books in the series, there’s another 9 I haven’t touched and don’t have time to do so; therefore there are facts and mythology that I haven’t been able to consider for my work. That’s a huge risk, but I think the key here is to capture the spirit of the character and stories more than the precise details.
To that end, I will push on with my work.


Writing meditation

June 12, 2012

I’ve occasionally asked myself why I want to be a writer. Most frequently the reason is because I enjoy creative writing, and it seems like a good way to make a living. But I think I need to take a closer look at this.
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A few minor updates…

February 2, 2012

Not a lot has really been going on in the last year or so. I’m still writing, though I’ve been very busy with school; I’m trying to graduate in April so I haven’t had a whole lot of time to do much, though I’ve come up with a few ideas I definitely want to explore. Partially because of pretty low sales (read that as “no sales”), I’m changing up the strategy for selling “Right and Wrong” online… For the moment, I’ve pulled it from the Nook store to give Amazon’s KDP Select program a try for 90 days, which demands exclusiveness for the period. In fact, as of this moment, the story is available for free on Kindle for until February 5th. If I see sales increase on the Kindle in this period, I’ll return it to the Nook store, if not… Well… I hope to have a new story done by the start of April that could replace it, though I’d rather it supplement it.


OU Writing Contest: Right and Wrong Screenplay First Place!

June 24, 2011

In April, Dr Kyle Edwards, director of the Cinema Studies program at Oakland University announced the 2010-2011 Writing Competition. The contest was divided into two categories, screenplays and essays. I entered the screenplay I wrote in my Screenwriting class during the Winter I had just finished.

Although I had moments of self-doubt, I had a feeling from the moment I submitted it that I’d win.

I just found out that’s exactly what happened: I won first place in the screenplay side of things! Interestingly enough, a friend of mine won second place in the essay portion! God I love writing!

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