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.
I 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 hand, 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 times, 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 – 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 – 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.