But what I am Thankful for is…

       “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” ~ Gilbert Keith Chesterton

I had two topics I’ve been itching to write about this week:  social media and the second one based on an article by @jeannevb. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) I didn’t. Instead today I wanted to just write about being thankful. Yes, I am thankful for my family, boyfriend, and friends. They have all pushed me one way or another to write. Whether is by venting–giving me many ideas for stories– or by critiquing my work, or even just being there and making me believe that I can make it. Believe me, I can write an entire post on just them and how they have helped me one way or another. But what I am thankful for this year is…

Writing

Writing has helped me find out what I truly want to do with my life. It has showed me that I have the potential and creativity to make something. To create that one story that can connect with people. Writing has showed me what I am truly made of. It has showed me that yes, my 5th grade teacher was right. It has also proved that I was a fool when I was younger for not majoring in English.

I think that when we tend to reflect we come to realize (or come to accept) the many mistakes we’ve made. But that’s not the point. The point should be to take those mistakes and learn from them.

Writing has become my sanity.

And I am thankful for that.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Where I Share My Animated Writing Sample and Thoughts

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“The world is but a school of inquiry.” ~ Proverb

One is never too old for cartoons. Well, at least that’s what I think. I love animated series, and when I was younger I would create my own stories for my favorite series and share them with my siblings (they never complained so I guess they liked them!). And up to this day, I am a sucker for animated series and movies.

I also believe that it takes an adult that’s a kid at heart to write an animated series.

During my writing studies we had a course that had to do with animation. We had to pick an animated series, change the main character(s) to one of our originals, and create a story.

We had been taught the process of writing an animated scripts.

It wasn’t easy since the animated format is different, but I had fun. I also realized that I do want to write for animation, aside from other genres. Which is why I want to try my hardest to enter a writing fellowship for either Nickelodeon or Disney. I know I will be competing against some awesome writers, but like I have stated before, it’s time for me to put my work out there.

I decided to share my very short animated sample. It’s not a complete piece but it should give some of you an idea of what to do–if you are considering to follow a similar path. I’m no professional. I am only a student  helping other students.

Till next time,

Eva

Where I Talk About Sucking it up and Letting Someone See My Work

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“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy

Our passion for writing might be seen by the amount of research we do or the many courses we take to hone our writing skills. We make sure we get better and dedicate an amount of hours to writing. We see ourselves as writers and we write quite a few scripts or manuscripts — to the point were we are extremely proud of them. Hey, it took determination to do all that work!

But there is one thing…

Deep within us lives a thing call uncertainty. The one that stops us from submitting our work or sharing it among our friends and families. We tend to begin having doubts about how it’s not good enough or how there’s room to make it better. And yes, that may be true. But we won’t know until someone else reads it. In fact, they might see something we missed.

Personally, I want the right people to see my work and one day hire me to write a script for them. Or so that’s what I hope for. Yet I haven’t really submitted anything anywhere. How is my talent to shine when I myself haven’t done anything about it?

Isn’t that like contradicting myself?

Which is why I came to the conclusion that I need to push my doubts and uncertainties aside and suck it up. Yes, I will be rejected (that’s a giving!) but at least I’m putting myself out there. And one good way to do this is by entering writing contests.

The price money would be nice, but I want feedback. I want the feedback from those that are already in the industry. Whether I taught myself the writing skills or went to school to learn them doesn’t matter. What’s important is what we do with them.

I know I’m not going to win right away, but at least I have taken a small step. I have decided to make it a goal of mine to show my potential to those that read my material.

My work will be criticize and tossed to the side but it will be okay.

So to all you writers out there, take a deep breath, detach yourself from your story, and let someone read it.

Let that be your and my first step to greater things.

My Thoughts on the Inciting Incident

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“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” ~ Chinese Proverb

While I was in the writing program, I had the opportunity to read Syd Field’s The Foundation of Screenplays. That book made quite a lot of sense to me but it doesn’t “click” until one puts it into action.
Take the inciting incident. Why exactly is it important?
I know I asked that question when I read the book the first time and even did my research to get the opinions of other writers. But after I started noticing it in other scripts (and my own) I knew why. Sure, my way of describing the inciting incident might not be as lengthy, but I think it makes sense.
The best way to describe the inciting incident is by comparing it to a domino effect. Before the dominos begin to fall something has to hit the first domino. It’s that first incident that sets the story into motion.
For example:
If my story is about a guy who gets into this one unexpected adventure after he gets to prison, I need to figure out what made him land in prison in the first place. And that’s the inciting incident. 
It doesn’t have to be a big event, it has to be that one thing that changes my protagonist life (for better or worse).
As writers we learn from trial and error.
But we also have to help each other out. Which is why I wanted to write about the inciting incident. It may not sound as much, but it will make the story flow like it should.
Oh, and if you haven’t read any of Syd Field’s books you should. But that’s a personal recommendation.
Till next time,
Eva