Sunday, 13 January 2013

The Call To Adventure

It's all well and good when you discover a passion for storytelling but at some point you have to face up to the reality of your ambition.

Time isn't infinite and no one is going to do the work for you.

You must get real and put the time in.

What this means is that I'm unable to commit to the upkeep of the blog and make it as resourceful and interesting as I would like. I've reached the stage where I just want to focus on writing and learning offline. The culture of writing something and reporting back is a bit of an old hat and counter productive.

I find myself heading into a new direction of writing, research and learning this year. That demands more time and focus. It's the stories themselves leading the way. However, I'm glad to be trying new things and exploring what I thought I would be doing much later on in life.

I have some unpublished blog posts and aim to see those through for this year. It has been an enjoyable learning curve, although, I never quite found the time to say all that I wanted and share what I had learnt. Hopefully I have inspired or helped you in some way and that your visits have been worthwhile.

Thanks for reading. Stay productive!

How will you accept the call? 

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Creativity, Inspiration & The Right Mood

Calvin's approach to writing is a general beginner or non-writer view on writing:

Waiting for inspiration before doing any work.

It's not completely wrong. You do need inspiration in order to come up with a great idea to write and to fill it with fresh and exciting ideas, characters and scenes. But you don't need it to get started; and definitely not to continue.

It's said that "the professional doesn't wait for inspiration and writes no matter the weather." If they didn't not much work would get done - and what's the use in that.

Inspiration is a fantastic feeling to behold and it transforms your mood and writing session, not to mention, your writing project. It can even transform your life. However, it's not meant to occur everyday and hold your hand until your story is complete.

In other words, you don't need it to get your story done.

Writing is a trade - a craft that occasionally rises to the level of art. There are basic principles and guidelines. A rich (and poor) history of content. Generally, it follows a logical sequence of cause and effect through form. It can be a hobby for enjoyment, or a mega business.

To begin writing on a blank page is simply trial and error. It demands passion, taste and imagination. It's important to be yourself. You are the narrator. Your perspective is key. It's the spyglass in which your stories are seen through; and is an extension of your talent and voice.

However, it's also about knowing how to write by reading and learning, and who you are writing for by research and practise. It's about getting into the routine of generating ideas and content: thinking creatively. It's about putting words to the page and revising later.

Writing is re-writing.

It's easy to get into the routine of enjoying writing sessions while being inspired and getting insecure on the ones when you're not as they aren't as fun. However, fun doesn't always equate to progress. Sometimes fun and enjoyment can inhibit progress.

To succeed, they must be greeted as one and the same: with a singular outcome in mind.

Inspiration comes and goes but progress is the goal, if this is more than a hobby for enjoyment. Your skill, passion and discipline are the main stay in advancing a project forwards and reaching the finish line.

We don't necessarily write to have a good time but to create one.

Image: Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

The Bigger Picture

Naturally, I went into horror feature Project Nightingale with high hopes. Even though it didn't work out to how I had initially wanted, I was enlightened by what I found.

Going in I knew that this project would be the last one I would develop in my usual way, as a new standard had been calling in the way I deal with projects.

Justice in the story concept was all I was looking for. However, the more I developed things the more ways I could see this going, and the original idea looked less sweet. So I had to reinvent what I had invented. But the thing did improve and I could feel that I was getting closer.

It was maturing and had come a long way but something was fundamentally wrong. I kicked its behind and wouldn't let up until I could identify what was bothering me about it. Then one day, it all became clear.

I believe I have now found the story experience, what the project is, and how it fits into the marketplace. It could be made by a small crew and marketed online on a micro-budget. I do love what it can become and the potential it has, although sadly I'm not writing it.

This is due to two factors: concept and timing.

  • It's a unique genre blend and exciting story experience but not so unique that its concept is generally safe from being discovered and made by others. 
  • It's a project suited for down the line after further experience writing and making contacts; and ideally, for a specialist independent producer. 

Basically, I couldn't justify spending a year or so (re)writing it when my efforts could be reduced to mush at any time. Alternatively, it's not something I would want to pursue as a independent feature yet, as I have other writing avenues and genres I want to explore first.

"It's all about the bigger picture."

Something I am conscious to avoid with writing is to get ahead of myself and lose sight of the bigger picture. If a project doesn't work towards the next step in that or is a few steps ahead I feel it isn't worth putting the time and effort in to writing it now. I'm pro planning ahead but also like to be efficient with what I choose to spend my time on to aid where I am now.

At some point, I will write a short script set in the world of the story to display its potential, and ideally, for the short film to be made and used to sell the concept for a feature.

In the meantime, it's back to an old flame.


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