So yesterday afternoon, I decided I was going to make it through all of my other blog’s Pinterest emails . Pinterest sends so many emails that I have a hard time keeping up with them sometimes, and I’d managed to accumulate a whole bunch. When I was down to about 15 (less than half left!) I decided to start reorganizing my boards. I’ve reorganized them once before, but I still thought they were far too vague. Over the course of the afternoon, I split a few and reorganized them into sections. I really liked how everything was shaping up and was almost done when my browser really started to lag. Suddenly I was logged out of Pinterest, and when I tried to log back in, I was told my account was suspended!
I’m not entirely sure what happened. I’ve contacted Pinterest’s help centre and hope to have it resolved soon (maybe the Pinterest bots thought my reorganizing was spammy? I didn’t think it was because pretty much everything I was working with at the time was already pinned).
After that happened I was pretty bummed out and didn’t work on anything else. But earlier in the day I started coming up with a vague plan for that blog moving forward. I’ll give a better update on that once I have a more solid plan in place. 🙂
Oh, I’ve also done some editing for a few friends over the weekend. The first bit of editing was at work last Thursday and Friday; I’m working with a radio-style script for a big project (sorry, I’m keeping details rather vague on that, but it’s a project I’m quite excited for!) I’ve helped come up with the story, but my coworker did the actual writing of the script. I did a read-through of it with another coworker (which was super fun) and we determined that the script was too long (it was interesting, at 18 pages it took us 27 minutes to read, plus we were told we were reading it too fast). So I’ve been trying to shorten it. So far I’ve brought it down to 15.5 pages (I was hoping to take it down to about 14, so there’s still a bit to go). But I’ve taken a lot of the repetition out of the script and just tightened up the dialogue. At this point I’d kind of like to do another read-through before attempting to shorten it any more (because maybe shortening the dialogue was good enough?) We’ll see.
Then on Saturday I edited another friend’s story. He’s been working on it for awhile and has asked me for editing suggestions. Finally, on Sunday, I started playtesting yet another friend’s game that they made with RPG Maker VX Ace; I need to finish playing through that still to let him know what I think (so far it’s been great!)
Wow, I didn’t think I had done much, but this last week was actually really busy! I’m hoping that this week I’ll be able to turn a bit more attention back to my own writing though. 🙂
So after my paper prototyping adventures last night, I felt like I was ready to actually work on a few of the important cut scenes in Memories. The only one I have somewhat built is the one I showed you in my post about tinting the screen (and that literally has “blah blah blah” as most of the dialogue). I didn’t feel like writing the cut scenes in RPG Maker right now because I wanted a bit more flexibility for editing. So first I thought to try using Chat Mapper, but that wasn’t a great fit when I started (I was thinking about the mechanics of how the program worked more than actually writing). I had the same problem with Twine. And then I remembered: I have Final Draft! Why not write the cut scenes with that?
Sure, it took a few minutes to remember how the program worked (it has literally been YEARS since I last used it), but that was no big deal; I was back up and writing in no time!
I forgot how easy it is to read a script for dialogue. Final Draft has been the perfect tool for my current needs because I don’t have to think about formatting, I can just focus on writing the words right now (and I can very easily edit whatever I write). I managed to get a couple of key scenes written before making dinner (and quickly edited one after dinner). Once I am happy with the text, I’ll be able to copy and paste it into RPG Maker. 🙂
…time to see how I did with my goals and set some new ones for the year!
Last year I set ten goals for myself, but only wrote down the writing-related ones. But after a bit of a scare (I thought I lost the paper I wrote them all down on), I’m going to list all ten off here, along with my progress on them:
- Move out – success! I got my own place this December. I moved there with my new cat, Merlin. 🙂
- Get to GDC Main in SF – success! You can read all about it here.
- Finish reading 50+ books -success! I actually read 58 books!
- Get in better shape – sort of a success – I was going swimming twice a week all fall, but had to stop in December due to moving out and Christmas. Will be heading back to the pool this month though!
- Clear out my writing magazine stash – success! I got rid of a lot of them once I knew I was moving.
- Fix up my website (and eLance profile) – sort of a success – I fixed it up a bit before GDC, but haven’t done anything new to it since then (except update it with any articles I’ve had published). For the eLance profile, I don’t think I’ve even BEEN on eLance since the spring…
- Edit my NaNoWriMo 2012 novel OR write a new novel using 90 Days to Your Novel – failure. All I did was look over 90 Days and decide not to use it. Since that time, I haven’t done a thing with my novel.
- Build 2+ of my worlds that need building – failure (sort of). I spent quite a bit of time working on worlds earlier in the year, and managed to get one up to a point that I think I could write stuff in it. It’s still not “done” though – there are some aspects that I still need to work on.
- Build a game (I don’t care with what) – failure. I was all gung-ho to build a Storynexus game after GDC, but that fell by the wayside (particularly when I realized the story I had in mind wasn’t going to work).
- Figure out Chat Mapper and write some branching dialogue – failure. I haven’t done a thing with Chat Mapper.
So of the ten goals, I succeeded at five, worked on two, and utterly failed at three. Unfortunately I didn’t really succeed at any of my creative goals (but I did a lot of work on worldbuilding, which will only benefit me in the future!)
With that in mind, it’s time to set some new goals for 2015!
- Read 50+ books off of The List (so that means non-library books – just books I currently own!)
- Stay in shape (get back to swimming and keep it up!)
- Get 2+ of my worlds that need building up to the point Imezza is currently at.
- Finish the screenplay I started. I forgot to write about it, but I started a screenplay at the end of November. It was meant to be a Christmas gift, but I ran out of time due to moving. So now it’s going to be a birthday gift. I have until August to finish it.
- Write the Grief Project. I had planned on doing this sooner, but my grief for my cat was too great and I couldn’t do it last fall.
- Write a story a month for Apocalypse Madness. Apocalypse Madness is a blog I started back in 2008. The idea is that every month someone would post a quote, then everyone who contributed to the blog had to write at least one story inspired by that quote. The blog died in 2011 (due to a number of reasons), but I decided I wanted to revive it starting today. So for the first time in three and a half years, there is a new quote; hopefully stories will follow! And if you’d like to join in on Apocalypse Madness, send me an email or comment on this post! 🙂
- Build a game. I don’t care with what (could be Storynexus, RPG Maker, Game Maker, a game book, whatever!)
- Figure out Chat Mapper. Same as last year.
- Take a Lego Picture a month. I’ve fallen away from Lego pics over the last while. I miss it.
- Fix up my Red Bubble profile. This kind of goes hand in hand with 9.
As a bonus:
- Edit my NaNoWriMo 2012 book. At least to the point where I feel okay sharing it with people.
So those are my new goals for 2015. This year there’s a lot more creative goals, so wish me luck with them! You’ll notice that there’s also nothing about getting to conferences. As much as I’d love to go back to GDC, or one of the other game ones, I don’t think that’s a reality for me this year. Of course, if that should change, I’ll blog about it. 🙂
Filed under goals, Updates
I was very sad to hear that the Office of Letters and Light, the nonprofit that runs both NaNoWriMo and Script Frenzy (as well as a few other programs) recently decided to stop Script Frenzy. They will continue to support their other programs (such as NaNoWriMo and the new Camp NaNoWriMo), but they felt that Script Frenzy has not grown the way these other programs have. This announcement was particularly sad for me because a friend of mine had agreed to collaborate on a script for next year’s event. I’m sure we’ll be able to come up with a project to collaborate on in the future, but I am sad all the same.
You can read their full announcement here.
I was flipping through a couple of books from the library today before I sent them back. Both of them were on writing comics/graphic novels; I’d gotten them when I originally thought I was going to write a graphic novel script for Script Frenzy. I came across the section on writing characters in one of the books, which made me start thinking about the characters in my screenplay. My “villain” character wasn’t acting at all villainous and my main character has been really flat; these are all problems I’ve been aware of for the last while. But I actually sat and thought about how the story is progressing, and I came up with a few ways to fix things. Unfortunately, fixing things would require a major rewrite, which is something you’re not supposed to do during Script Frenzy (or NaNoWriMo). And leaving things how they are would mean a lot more work later if I just keep writing. So I am going to give up on Script Frenzy this year, but I am not giving up on my story.
All the way through this screenplay, I’ve been thinking of it as a discovery draft which will eventually become a novel. So stopping now and reworking everything will also give me the opportunity to turn this story into the novel I’ve always envisioned. As I said before, I did some world building which I am happy with, but the further I’ve gone in this screenplay, the less the world feels comfortable confined within a screenplay. Changing to a novel now will mean I can make this into the story I really want it to be.
So I will not be continuing with Script Frenzy this year. A friend of mine has expressed interest in maybe collaborating on a script next year, so hopefully that will become a reality. Good luck to everyone else still working away at their own scripts!
I’d prefer to get some more practice writing a script. I started writing one a few years ago for a Gotham Writing Workshop Screenwriting class. Unfortunately that particular project was put on hold for a variety of reasons (although I fully intend to go back to it eventually!) For this Script Frenzy, I’m going to start a completely new story in a completely new world that I’ve been slowly building over the last month. The story itself is going to take place in a very limited geographic location in that world, so much of what I’ve been developing won’t really come up. But I’m very excited by the world, undeveloped as it is, and I’m really looking forward to working with it for the next month (and hopefully beyond!)
I’m currently making a few last minute preparations (like posting here), but I’m getting ready to just jump in at midnight. This script (which is as yet untitled, much like my NaNoWriMo novel was) does not have any real outline. Much like NaNoWriMo, I’m just going to jump in and see where the writing takes me – I have a couple of character ideas, but nothing too solid at this point.
If you want to follow my progress (or want to be writing buddies), you can find me here on the Script Frenzy site. You can also watch my Twitter Feed for news and updates. Good luck to everyone else participating in this year’s Script Frenzy!
This April is the 6th Script Frenzy hosted by the Office of Letters and Light (OLL). Similar to OLL’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Script Frenzy challenges you to write a 100 Page script during the month of April. This isn’t limited to simply movie scripts either; you can write a play, a TV show, a graphic novel, or whatever as long as it’s a script.
I wasn’t originally planning on joining Script Frenzy this year. But then I started chatting with a friend about it. I was intrigued by the idea of writing a graphic novel script. I’ve recently taken a few books out from the library on the subject, so this wasn’t completely out of the blue. But the idea that I could write one during Script Frenzy prompted me to sign up. Well, that and the feeling that I need to start working on my own writing projects again.
Having attempted a screenplay in the past, I know that the writing itself isn’t too tough; there’s a lot of white space on a script page. I don’t know what a graphic novel script page should look like, but hopefully it is more similar to a screenplay than a novel. If that’s the case, writing those 100 pages (averaging to 3.3 pages a day) shouldn’t be a problem as long as I stay motivated. But even if it is similar to a novel I’m not overly worried; the 1,666 words you need to average for NaNoWriMo works out to about 3 pages a day. And I managed to hit the 50,000 word target for NaNoWriMo about a week early.
I don’t know for certain what I’ll be writing about yet. I don’t even know that I’ll stick to a graphic novel. But that’s okay; I still have almost a month to make those decisions! I’ll be updating this blog on my Script Frenzy progress. If you want to follow my progress come April (or be writing buddies), you can find me here on the Script Frenzy site. You can also watch my Twitter Feed for news and updates.
Good luck to everyone else who’s participating in Script Frenzy next month!