(August 19): I don't want to pack but I have to.

thepenspointofview:

I read one of your posts where it said you had a filmmaker’s mind—creating scenes and later putting them together. This describes myself, and I was wondering if you could tell me how you would go about writing when everything is in a jumbled heap.

Before I begin, I’d like to apologize for our prolonged hiatus, and let you know that yes, we’re still alive!

And with that out of the way, time for writing tips.

Writing a screenplay, a novel, or even a short story is almost always a journey.  Sure, some people can just buckle down and write, but those blessed (or cursed) with “filmmaker’s mind” often need a planning process to keep it all together.

Sometimes it helps to write the detailed scenes as they come to mind, so you don’t mentally abandon them.  However, this can get confusing and you can sometimes leave out vital details from the full story arc.

This is the method I personally follow to keep from forgetting, confusing myself, or spontaneously combusting when it comes to scenes.

Step One: Freewrite

No, I’m not talking about a first draft.  I’m talking about sitting down at your computer and basically talking to yourself through the keyboard.  You just kind of spill out the first things that come to your mind (once I was writing poetry about a lake and went on a paragraph-long ramble about Ghostbusters), and don’t stop to look over them until you reach a state of satisfaction. 

Believe it or not, this works wonders—you get all your scenes down somewhere accessible, and mentally work your way through any issues your plot may have.  By immersing yourself in your train of thought, you can get all of your ideas to build off of your originals, and hopefully develop into something super complex.  Don’t forget to save this document, you may come back to it later!

Step Two: Scene Breakdown

In this process, you list all of the scenes of your story in order, with one to three paragraphs describing each.  Highlight any details you find important; this document is for you!  This organizes your freewrite in a more professional way, and establishes your beginning, middle, and end.  It also allows you to see any holes you may have between scenes, and fill them using context.

(PS: Remember that every scene should serve a purpose!  Scenes that show pivotal moments in quests and such are obviously necessary.  However, goofy and cutesy scenes can be tricky!  If the scene is vital to story progression or character development, then by all means, keep it!  If not, don’t chuck it immediately, but keep an open mind to reconsider.)

Step Three: First Draft

Now you sit down and write your actual story.  Remember, it’s a first draft, so it doesn’t have to be perfect, by any means. Try not to self-edit until you’re completely finished.  Use your freewrite and scene breakdown for reference.

If, at the end (or even during the writing process!) you find a scene is just not working, don’t delete it! Cut it out, put it in a new document, and save it in a folder with your manuscripts.  Think of it as a deleted scene in film!  After all, you may change your mind later, and why waste all the great writing you’ve done?

Step Four: Next Drafts, Final, etc.

You probably know this process by now.  Take your finished product and revise it!  Peer critiques are often the best, if you have access to workshops.  Still, you can self-edit once you’re finished!  If it’s a shorter piece, read it out loud to see if it flows smoothly.  Documents like screenplays can be performed in group readings.

Don’t worry if even your second draft isn’t perfect.  I tend to go through four or five drafts myself.  Just do what feels comfortable to you, and know you’re on your way!

Hopefully this helps the more cinematic-minded to keep their scenes together.  Even for novelists, a free program like Celtx can help this, as it offers screenplay, stageplay, and novel formats when writing.

Otherwise, feel free to experiment and find whatever way keeps you most organized.  Just be sure, above all else, to get those ideas down in writing.  Even if you jot them down on your phone or something.

Because no matter the writing quality, there’s no greater pain than a fleeting idea.

~Jessica

  • What i say: I have anxiety
  • What most people think i said: I am awkward but cute awkward and shy.
  • What people assume: I am imagining illnesses to justify my lifestyle and personality.
  • What i actually mean: I live in a constant fear. I worry about the past, current or future situations, i have stomach and head pains all the time, tachycardia and awful panic attacks that include heart palpitations, and breathing problems. I suffer everyday and not only in "stressful situations". I think so much before i do something and eventually i don't do it at all, so people think i am lazy. I suffer from insomnia. I sweat to the idea of having to interact with people. I don't use the word anxiety to justify anything or to make myself look cool. It's a mental disorder, i have to live with it and find ways to control the symptoms. It is not a trend. Many people around the world actually suffer from this disorder. Accept those who have it and help them, don't judge them, don't joke about it. NEVER.

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askkayleefrye:

Met and awesome Inara and Mal at NYCC!

AH! That’s me and my boyfriend as Inara and Mal! Thanks for posting this, you are an amazing Kaylee :-)

tastefullyoffensive:

This is what happens when you don’t separate your colors and whites.

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zimpreg:

characters that go from villain to weird family member give me strength

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- Louis Aragon, Treatise on Style  (via mirroir)

cptainsteverogers:

naughty—america:

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crydaisy:

Oh cool a sKY DEMON AWAKENS

This is one of the coolest pictures I have ever seen.

WHAT THE FUCK

Anonymous sent : hi! i rp as a canon character who's an ME, but the show he was in didn't really show much of what he does other than him finding evidence inside victims during autopsies, and then briefing the detectives on cause of death and other stuff he's found.. i can't really find any decent descriptions of the job role on google, so do you know of any good research on autopsy procedure and stuff?

thetrolliestcritic:

Got you covered!

Hope these help, anon!