Well, here it is… another blog about writing! OK, OK, stop groaning. Seriously.
I started this blog because I believe that writing is a very difficult craft to learn, let alone master. I find this to be especially true of writing for the audio/visual arts like film. Writing for the screen is probably the toughest challenge of them all, because you have to communicate your story in such a way that a group of strangers can successfully translate that story into pictures, words and sounds so another group of strangers- the audience- can be entertained, informed or even inspired.
I hope you find this as enjoyable to read as I find it fun to write.
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Well, I guess I’d better stay tuned cause I just might want to put my $0.02 in… Good Luck and happy writing,
I hope you put your 2-cents in… how will we writers know if we’re reaching our audience?
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I realize I have writing potential, but also that I have not felt the need to write and adhere to a formula. Surely things have stuck in my head from Pre-Production Design (still THE most significant course in my memory without even have taken all the DMAC classes yet I’m still confident about that statement). Anything that can expand and inspire me to take it more seriously and become a standout BEFORE I have the confidence of a client and not just a deal where they are just praying I deliver would be a great thing. I think I struggle with confidence sometimes and just getting out there more and doing it, even if it’s not the level I wish to be at is stepping stone to the other side of the river.
Writing is like a muscle… to build strength, ya gotta do your reps! Reading helps too; if you read quality books, it should influence you to be a better writer.
As for formulas, there are 6-13 original plot lines that are ever found in literature, TV, movies and so forth. (That number varies, depending on who is doing the counting.) What makes stories “unique” is the author’s individualized spin on that plot line. Consider the detective story as an example- hundreds of great literary detectives out there, yet all detective stories share common elements. In other words, don’t worry about formula; there’s no real way to avoid them!
Check out “Writing the Script” by Wells Root or “The Writer’s Journey” by Christopher Vogler to learn more about “formula.”
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