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The Two Antagonists

August 20, 2013 — Leave a comment

“Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.” — Mark Twain

Here’s something I picked up when I was listening to a few interviews about a screenwriting book called, Dan O’Bannon’s Guide to Screenplay Structure. Okay, okay… so I technically didn’t read the book but I was curious enough to look into it. And guess what? The curiosity paid off when co-writer, Matt Lohr, dropped a few teases from the book.

Please note I’m not truly regurgitating the information here. Most of this, is me filling in the blanks. If what is in the actual book different from what is said here, it’s just me misinterpreting the clues.

If you’re also a novice screenwriter, this might be a good purchase. The book supposedly has an overview of the other screenwriting gurus before stepping into Dan O’Bannon’s way. And if you don’t know who Dan O’Bannon is and why you should consider his opinions, here’s a sampler of his output: Alien, The Return of the Living Dead, Total Recall, Dark Star, Screamers, Lifeforce and some other B-horror goodies.

So let’s jump to it.

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I am alone. I am sitting in the same chair that I’ve been using for over fifteen years. I search my feelings and the memories flood in. Usually they are filled with some form of resentment.

I read in a book that ‘manic-depression may trigger the desire to communicate, make perceptions more vivid, and loosen associations in a way that makes written creativity more likely.’

Do we seek this place so that creativity could flourish or does the stress of creative work simply drives us over the edge? Is the creative life only pleasing because the way we are… prevents us from holding stable jobs?

I’m thinking of people… people I once recalled as friends.

They are nothing but memories for a story I have yet to write or finish writing. My sister told me that every face you have seen in a dream are based on the faces you have seen in life. Even the ones you only saw for a split second. The strangers you see in the store. The coffee shop. On the bus. Every possibility of human connection that you pass by on your way through the day.

On average, you only participate with the same seven people on a daily or weekly basis. When someone else comes in — be it a new friend or a prospective lover — they will replace someone from the original members. We move in and out of circles just like that. Everything is in constant flux.

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Someone tweeted (almost wrote “tooted” by accident) this link the other day, so I decided to share it here. It’s from TEDEd, which is always a good place to lose track of time. 

So… “1. eavesdrop. 2. pretend imaginary people are real. 3. mutter to yourself.”


Isn’t it great to know you share some qualities with anti-socials?

Or not.

Also, if you don’t consider yourself a writer but you have these skills, here’s a good reason to start that novel or screenplay you always wanted to write. Especially for you stalker-ly types, nosy peeps, or the kind who still have imaginary friends. Note that I’m not advocating what you normally do with these skills outside the writing context. Remember: everybody knows you never go full anti-social.

Never go full anti-social. 

heh heh heh.

I found this jackpot of goodies via Twitter: the complete video footage of Brandon Sanderson’s 2012 creative writing class at Brigham Young University.

From his Wikipedia entry:

“Brandon Sanderson (born December 19, 1975) is an American fantasy author. He is best known for his work in finishing Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time, and his own Mistborn series. Sanderson worked as an editor for the semi-professional magazine, Leading Edge, while attending school at Brigham Young University, and he now teaches creative writing there.”

The classes are focused on science fiction and fantasy writing but I’m sure there are great advice for all. To give you a taste, here is part one of lecture one:

The rest of the lectures can be found on the site Write About Dragons >>> HERE <<< or you can just navigate through the playlists on the YouTube channel.




August 23, 2012 — 2 Comments

Pocket notebooks are perfect for capturing fleeting thoughts on the go. All you need is a pen or pencil. Notepads or 3×5 flash cards work great too. A laptop has a higher chance of getting stolen than a notebook. You’re practically safe unless the thief in question has a paper or notebook fetish. You can even work in your messiest handwriting to safe guard your work if it does get lost. Just the act of deciphering someone’s handwriting is a chore.

I always have a pocket notebook on hand whenever I leave for an extend trip or even to the grocery store. You never know when the ideas might appear. For me, this is the most practical solution I could have. A lifesaving tool for the budding writer or scholar.

So lately, I’ve been using ordinary writing for a number of things like:

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Soon it will be April. That means it will be Script Frenzy time! If you don’t know what that is, here is the basic gist:

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