It’s Writing Prompt Day!
In the continuing theme of inspiration, I offer you this:
It is my goal to go back to previous prompts and start writing flash fictions again, so why don’t you join me? 😉 Be sure to link your creations in the comments or on your own page so we can all admire them!
Happy 2018, my friends!
It seems that I’ve had to “get back on track” a lot lately. So, in (yet another) effort to do this, I’m going to start of this new year off right with one of my favorite quotes in the hopes that it will inspire.Each step in the right direction, no matter how big or small, will draw us closer to where we want to be.
Wishing you a wonderful and productive New Year! xx, Rach
Yes. It’s true. Your eyes do not deceive you.
Two posts in two days.
It’s Wednesday, and while I know it’s been some time, Wednesdays equal Writing Prompt Days! Remember? 😉 This one made me giggle.
I see a couple of people bracing against a door with an incoming horde threatening to overwhelm them. I’m not sure why, but as we know, our minds are unusual things.
So, are you feeling inspired? Please be sure to share your work so we can all enjoy!
I’m not going to make excuses for how absent I’ve been here. I mean I could mention how busy work has been now that I’ve been promoted, and how my days off were scattered and inconsistent. I could mention how it’s time for yet another move and all the stress and prep that goes into that…but I won’t.
Times flies whether you’re having fun or not, and suddenly it’s the middle of October and you’re feeling a bit concerned because of how little you have to show considering nearly another year has passed. I had such big plans at the beginning of the year too.
The only way to get back on track and refocus my attention is by getting back to the routine I once cherished and held dear. Sooo, let’s get back to one of my favorite things, quotes!
I have to find a way of reconciling my new schedule. I must find a balance between the day job, the dream job, and everything else. I’ve said “one day” more often than I’d like to admit recently, and I don’t care for how it feels.
How have you balanced your life and found time to do the thing you love?
You know what that means…it’s writing prompt day!
Here’s a story just waiting to be told. Are you up for the challenge?
So I happened upon my insights page and compared what I’ve done this year (so far) to the three years prior and the results are dismal. The first year I really took to blogging, I posted 164. The next year, which saw a great increase of interaction with the outside world, I posted only 112. Then last year, I posted 118. Can you imagine with my lulls of inactivity where I might be sitting this year?
Yep. 21 posts (now 22) in seven months. ((sigh)) Wow.
If those are the results of my blogging, I don’t even want to know what that might mean for my writing.
I set goals for myself at the beginning of the year (last year had proven productive, for the most part), and I wanted to keep that enthusiasm going. I’m now reevaluating those goals as I’m certain I’m going to fall short at the rate I’m crawling.
How did this happen?!
I may need to reevaluate a few other things as well. I saw this quote and decided it may be the best way to get motivated again.
What are your motivational/goal achieving tricks?
Draft after draft. Rewrite after rewrite. Sometimes it feels like all we’re doing is writing in circles.
When you need a break from your beloved, it’s hard to decide what to do in that downtime. I know I’m usually at a loss. I try to find a new story idea, or consider rewriting one of my other screenplays, but sometimes you just need to do different work for the same story.
Bang2Write is a great resource for writers, and if you aren’t subscribing to Lucy V Hay’s site, as a screenwriter I would recommend it. I have found loads of truly useful information, like the following – 7 Useful Things You Can Do Between Drafts.
Using my sci-fi pilot, The Demeter as an example, I’ll go through the steps and show you what I’m thinking about in my own downtime.
- Compare/Contrast to “Like” stories – Like the Doctor of Doctor Who, I want my human protagonist to not hold any immediate prejudice because of what an alien might look like (although easier said than done. We humans scare easily.). The video game Mass Effect inspired the idea behind the human/alien interactions and romance options. It’s unlike shows such as Firefly because not all the characters are human and not all stories are about human problems. Star Wars and Star Trek are obvious go-tos, but other than the military connection, which won’t be overly used until season 2, I want to stay away from any ideas influenced by either.
- Think it Over – The pilot needs to foreshadow more of the ideas I have for the first season. In addition to a different opening scene, I need to show the “shady” nature of the ship’s captain so the viewer is unsure for some time whether or not he can be trusted. Early feedback suggested I integrate an image of where the show “might” go aka Battlestar Galactica always showed Earth as the final destination. Where do I want the show to go?
- Work on Craft – Feedback also recommended I adjust the pacing. Determine the best course to improve this.
- Make Contacts – Besides social media…think outside the box on making contact with those in the industry – Meetups, retreats (within reason), writer’s groups?
- Feedback – Build relationships of give and take. Giving feedback will help my writing as well. Get back on Zoetrope.
- Submission Strategy – I’m already using a calendar to keep track of contest deadlines, but could be better arranged for the whole year. FilmFreeway is a good resource to use more fully. Get more than one script ready for submission.
- Nothing. Relax…for a minute. 😉
I hope you find this information as useful as I did. Happy Writing!
Yes, it’s been awhile.
I have a couple of things to share with you this week, but first, let’s get back to writing! This amazing piece is by Pascal Campion, an artist I’ve pinned a number of times, and from the first moment I saw it, I was sort of smitten.
It actually gives me an idea for my tv series, so maybe I’ll write about that for this challenge. What does it inspire in you?
Ignore the working out aspect of this quote (unless you’re also into that) and think on what the words mean. Where do you spend this kind of energy?
Is it on your writing (or other form of art)?
I know I don’t always put such passion into my work, as any artist knows, not all days encourage such intensity of emotion, but most days, we should have it.
As a “yet to be professional” screenwriter, I’m passionate about everything I write because they are the stories I want to tell. It’s my hope, in time, I will have the opportunity to feel this same intensity on a professional level. Because if we’re not passionate about our art, then why are we doing it?
It’s a thankless path for the most part, well, at least until we “make it”. It’s hard and it’s lonely and nobody cares about our struggles – their concern is for the final result, so we have to have passion.
I spoke with a fellow writer once who wanted to give up. They hadn’t had any success and just didn’t feel the drive to continue. My advice was to take a break and see if they missed it. Like a relationship, which is pretty much what it is, a little perspective via distance can help a great deal. Hopefully, a little time away will reignite the fire, but if not, they won’t waste any more precious time on something that doesn’t spark such emotion.
Because I believe that this is something we all want to find – something that drives us, something that we’re willing to give up sleep for, and let our minds wander off to…
So tell me. What are you passionate about write now? 😉
It’s Earth Day! In her honor I was trying to find an image that spoke of her beauty and variety, but as I scrolled through images, I was reminded that no matter what mark we hope to leave upon her, she’ll always take it back.