Writing Prompt #115

In preparation for our move, I’ve gone through nearly every piece of paper in my office, multiple versions of my scripts included. A thousand pages of repetitive screenplays with minor changes between them were just sitting on the shelf, taking up space, for no reason.

There’s an odd thing that happens to writers who reread their work years later…they often find themselves surprised that they wrote it.

I know my stories. I was there when they were conceived ūüėČ but sometimes you find yourself in awe of a golden nugget or two buried within them.

Rereading multiple versions of my screenplays all in one go reaffirmed my desire to continue writing them. All of my stories are in need of a rewrite. For a while now, I thought some of them were only in need of a polish, but on reflection, there are some major things I want to change. To every. single. one. An unfortunate side effect to gaining more experience and insight and developing my writing skills further. Oh gawd. I may be George Lucas.

So it was when I saw this image, which reminds me of one of my stories, that I found myself drawn to it, and wanting to explore it. So I wrote something (yay!) and hope you will join me in this week’s Writing Prompt Challenge.

If you find yourself inspired, don’t forget to share!

Happy Writing!

Writing Prompt #114

Writing Prompt Wednesdays are back!

Yes, I know.

Given my Quote of the Week yesterday, this prompt seemed a bit apropos, if not oddly humorous. Oh, is it just me?!

If you’re new here, the prompts are meant to inspire and engage. If you find inspiration, please be sure to share or tag so we can all enjoy!

Happy Writing!

Staying Positive in Strange Times

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Hi everyone! ¬†It’s been a while.

I hope you and your loved ones are well.

I have started a number of posts over the last month and have deleted each one. ¬†I haven’t had anything to say because sharing quotes about following your dreams, or tips about writing, or what I’ve watched all seem rather trite given the circumstances.

I give my fellow bloggers props for being able to continue in light of everything.

But¬†then I thought, at some point, we’ll get past this pandemic and some sort of new normal will begin, and so I should probably come out of the shadows. ¬†Staying positive during these strange times has been a running theme from a lot of what I’ve seen, and the creative, funny, inspiring sides of humanity have prevailed, mostly – there is always, of course, a flip side – but I like to be positive too.

Sometimes that’s difficult.

I have long struggled with my writing. ¬†Blogging too, obviously. ¬†While my writing should be an escape from the real world, and it’s what I want to do in life, there are too many times when my writing has taken a back seat. ¬†I have discovered that I often feel guilty for wanting to write when there are other pressing matters, like planning a move out of state (or abroad) or starting an Etsy shop to alleviate some our burden and aid in the move.

For the last few months I couldn’t turn my mind to writing as it felt like a reward I didn’t deserve.

Strange, right?!

I willingly quit my job late last year. ¬†I was deeply dissatisfied, and because our move was to take place only a couple of months later, I didn’t seek out another one. ¬†My plan was to organize the house, sell or donate what I could, and get us ready for the next move. ¬†I think not having a job, made me feel like I needed to overcompensate in the other areas of my life so that I didn’t seem like I was taking advantage of the situation. ¬†For the first couple of months, I didn’t even take a “day off”.

Then the virus happened.

Not much happened to me, personally, to change my day to day but because I was already in this particular mindset, the extra time so many people were given started a trend that I found sort of infuriating.  You may have seen them, they said things like this:

If you don’t find the time to write now, you’re not really a writer.

Ugh.

People are already struggling enough with a myriad of issues, and then to throw this into the mix, to make one feel defeated…argh. ¬†Thankfully, wiser people countered with responses like the “boat” analogy.

We are sailing in the same storm, but not in the same boat.

*If you’d like to read the whole thing, let me know and I’ll post it in the comments.

Eventually, with the move decided upon, the Etsy shop open, and enough organizational projects completed, I finally felt like I had “permission” to write.

Permission to create…permission to follow my dream…sigh. ¬†And I have. ¬†Not everyday, but more than I have in months.

And it’s not like I wasn’t thinking about writing all this time. ¬†I’ve been reading, watching the MasterClass series, I’ve been keeping my journal, and I’ve had story ideas. ¬†So while the physical act of writing may not be happening consistently, the other aspects of a writer’s life are, and with that understanding, I’ve stopped being so hard on myself.

Do you know how hard it is to ignore that nagging “you should be writing” feeling?! ¬†You can only do it for so long before it drives you mad.

Writers are so hard on themselves.

When I came to this realization, I figured there may be others who feel the same way, and maybe need to hear this too.

Hi! ¬†You’re not alone!

So whether you’re writing everyday, or just thinking about it, cut yourself a little slack. ¬†As writers, we’ve already chosen a lonely, difficult path, and we have to remember to be kind to ourselves. There are plenty of other people, always at the ready, to knock us down. ¬†Ourselves included. ¬†Compound this with a global pandemic, and the need for some positivity, something I enjoy, is needed more than ever!

So here’s one of my Quote Mondays from the past.

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If you need support, in any way, please let me know and let’s stick together!

xx, Rach

 

 

Quote Monday

A fellow Bang2Write-r shared this quote today on Facebook and I was immediately struck by it. ¬†If you’re not familiar with Lucy V. Hay’s site, give it a look. ¬†She offers a lot of tips and insight for writers.

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Sound advice.  Happy Monday!

Writing Prompt #112

I came across this prompt while cleaning up my email. ¬†Somewhere along the way, I emailed myself this idea, and that’s where it ended.

So I share it today in the hopes it inspires us.

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Who wants to take on the challenge?  I look forward to reading your creations!

I also share writing prompts on Instagram, so if you’re looking for more inspiration, take a gander. ¬†Happy Writing!

Writing Prompt #111

So, not only have I barely written a word in months, I haven’t posted much either. ¬†My last writing prompt was back in May?! ¬†May. ¬†And it was like the only post for the month.

Gracious.

As another new year creeps around the corner, I have some major self reflection to do. ¬†All that goal setting, the To Do lists, the plans…huh. ¬†I really did waste some time. ¬†Well that’s enough of that.

I offer this week’s Writing Prompt for the Challenge:

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If you’re inspired, please share what you create. ¬†Maybe I’ll even jump on my own bandwagon.

Happy Writing!

Writing Prompt #110

Hello!

It’s been some time since I posted a Writing Prompt. ¬†I was immediately drawn to this image while scrolling through Pinterest yesterday. ¬†Yes, I still have that problem. ūüėČ

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Feel like joining me in a little Writing Prompt Challenge?

Happy Writing!

Quote Monday on a Tuesday

Although yesterday passed before I had an opportunity to post, it’s still early enough in the week to share some inspiration. ¬†In fact, today is my Saturday, so if you work odd shifts like I do, then it really doesn’t matter what day you choose to celebrate #MotivationMonday. ūüėČ

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We are our biggest critics, so it’s good to be reminded that we can also choose to be our biggest supporters. ¬†No matter what you’re passionate about, if you’re chasing your dream, then believe in yourself that you can and will make it happen. ¬†In the end, should we succeed or fail, it is up to us.

There’s another quote I’ve shared before that I feel is a good bookend for the above, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail.” ¬†Believe in yourself and find out!

What Kind of Screenwriter Are You?

In my time of slack, I accumulated hundreds of emails that required at least a fleeting glance. ¬†In my time of focus, I think I’ve cut that number down to about 60 that will require a slightly longer look-see. ¬†Not too bad given the short amount of time dedicated in that direction. ¬†During this time, I came across a personality quiz for screenwriters from Stephanie Palmer’s Good in a Room site.

writingmemeI feel like I know who I am as a writer. ¬†I don’t outline much; I “generally” know where it’s going to go though, before I sit down.¬† I like happy endings, my characters are often sarcastic and they’re always do-gooders (the protagonists anyway), and because of my genre choice, I have some freedom to let my imagination run wild. ¬†I listen to my characters. ¬†I alternate between procrastination and binge. ¬†I like to write some things by hand (my fanfiction has almost entirely been written by¬†writermemehand, oddly enough), but the computer monitor allows me more space to “see” (hence, all my screenplays have been written via the modern age). ¬†Plus I type much faster than my hand can write to keep up with my¬†brain (which is why some of my fanfiction looks like chicken scrawl).

I realize that my style of writing will some times write me into corners, but often¬†ideamemetimes, I discover alternate paths and ideas that I never would have seen had I not allowed my story to just unfold. ¬†I have literally found myself astounded with what I’ve unearthed this way.

So I wasn’t surprised by my results upon taking the quiz – Gardener Heartwarmer. ¬†Even the name sounds right. ¬†Here are some of the highlights from the break down:

  • You are good at generating new ideas and following them courageously wherever they lead. You work best when they have the time and the confidence to allow their creativity to spring forth without judgement.
  • You combine new ideas in unusual ways and can make unexpected, quantum creative leaps. You also function well when ideas are in a murkier state ‚Äď and this is often the case when a screenwriting project is in earlier stages of development. ¬†You create strong, complex characters and stories which contain emotionally powerful moments ‚Äď the cinematic moments we remember forever.
  • Drama requires conflict, and this means putting characters in the worst possible moments of their lives. This can actually be difficult for you because you are experiencing the emotional journey of your characters so poignantly.

And then there were a few helpful tips.  This one, in particular, struck me:

Your creative work is going to take you to some deep, dark places. Make sure you’re writing at the right time of day (or night) so that you have the freedom and the strength to go where you need to go.

I used to like to write at night, when the world grew quiet. ¬†The Sis would be asleep with the furkids snuggled up beside her, my phone was silent, and there was less likely to be something to sidetrack me because The Sis was asleep and I didn’t want to disturb her. ¬†I’ve been trying to write during the day, and I find too many distractions. ¬†I need to get back to the old routine, where I can be more productive.

So, are you ready to learn how well you know yourself as a screenwriter?  Take the quick, six question quiz here.  Share your results below.