WORK IN PROGRESS (and Five Tips for Writers… you know, for the new year)

January 4, 2014 — Leave a comment

A new year. A new month. A new plan to tackle impossible goals.

Don’t worry, this isn’t an unloading post. I’m sure you’ve read enough of those already. We get it, right? We all want to be better versions of ourselves. I say, don’t think too far ahead. Keep it real. KEEP IT DAILY. Think of… the Pippi Longstocking theme song: WHAT SHALL I DO TODAY? You know, having a question like that could be a great daily mantra of living.

And while you’re at it, acknowledge the failures of last year and see what went wrong. It’s a continuous learning experience and mistakes makes us stronger.

But now for the tips. Nothing new but it’s important to review basics… the meat and potatoes. These are from a film workshop I took a few years back. I found them during a major clean up of my drawers…

FIVE TIPS FOR WRITERS:

  1. Write 15 minutes per day
  2. Ask yourself, does the subject interest me? What story do I wish to tell?
  3. Never say “no” to opportunities or ideas.
  4. Never judge your ideas.
  5. The most important research is the kind you do alone, with yourself.

Personally, I think that the first point is the most important one, as consistency is key. But to add to that, one needs to learn to practice writing complete stories or you’ll be only writing stories that start and never end. You don’t want to get into a habit of writing stories that trickle off into a dirt pile. For the same reason, it’s best to practice feature specs before diving into pilot specs.

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