Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Writing Process

When I write my screenplays and fiction, I tend to have certain usual processes that I always use to develop my work.  I wasn't asked about my specific writing processes, but I thought I would share.

1. Visualize - I have a constant visualization of my story in my head.  Its like a movie and I am the person who conveys what I see onto paper.  It is also a super awesome way to revise a scene before I even fully write anything down.

2. Cast It - I don't care if I am writing a poem, a novel, or a screenplay...I cast it with players in my mind.  I find that it helps me find character voices, expression, movement, etc.  Obviously, this is what happens naturally with spec scripts, but it works for everything else.

3. Drawing & Pinterest - I draw out my characters, even if they are the plainest people in the world. I like the physical visual.  I also use pinterest to help with character creation.  I use to do a journal collage, but pinterest is so much easier.  These processes allow me a break from writing while still maintaining my focus.

4. Story Playlist - You better believe that I have a playlist going for each story I am working on.  It helps me "enter the zone".  Also, I think that if your character is listening to Neil Young, you need to be listening to Neil Young too.

5. Dreams and Meditation - I take a lot of stuff from dreams and meditations.  This also includes day dreaming and "shower meditations" ( aka thinking in the shower).  Never underestimate your inner workings.

6. Notebook - I travel with a notebook and a writing utensil.  If I don't write something in regards to my current story, then I write one full page ( front and back) of something...anything really.  This includes lists and story notes.

7. Actual Writing - I spend less time on actual writing than all of the other stuff combined.  If you have everything in your mind, all you have to do is sit and write.  It sounds easier than it is.

8. Revising - I am constantly going back through my work in order to revise.  I might spend a day writing 20 pages, but the next week reading it and adding some underlying subplots.  Everyone does this, don't worry.

If you have any questions about my writing process or writing in general, please let me know.

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