Practice what you Preach

That’s a saying many of us have heard and mentioned. But most of all, it’s true. If for example you believe that with great power comes great responsibility you will act upon it. If you tell everyone that writing everyday without giving up on your dream is what makes a passionate writer that means you are talking from experience. But if you let everyone know that they should not give up on writing, that they need to write, and you are not actually following what you are telling everyone else, what would that make you?

On my last post I wrote about what differentiates some screenwriters from others, and that is writing. Some screenwriters actually write. Others have excuses as to why they can’t.

Am I right?

I may or may not be, but one thing is certain, I’m practicing what I’ve preached and surprisingly it is actually working!

For those that don’t know I work 40 hours a week, am in a relationship, have somewhat of a social-life, own a pet, have responsibilities, and have dreams of becoming a professional screenwriter. The first five I have gotten down pretty well. The last item in my list, not so much.

But for dreams to become reality, a girl needs to work at it!

I’ve been writing an hour a day, five-to-six days a week, and it’s amazing as to what one can achieve in that one hour. I have been working on my new screenplay in that one hour and I have been accomplishing quite a lot. I still haven’t started writing the script but I’m finishing outlining my new storyline and I’m liking what I have so far.

Here, let me break it down for you:

  • I’ve written my ending, beginning, inciting incident, plot point I and II
  • I’ve written the background stories to all my characters
  • Have created the character arc for the protagonist—the Hero’s Journey.
  • Outlined Act I

It might not seemed like a lot to some but I’m proud of the work I’ve done. After all, this is actually progress for me. It means I’m one step closer to achieving my dream. God knows how long it will take, but hey I’m getting there.

I’m writing.

If I want to play with the pros I need to prove myself and I will.

So remember, if you want to reach for the sky, do it.

Write.

Until next time,

Eva

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When Enough is Enough

For such an easy prompt I had a hard time writing something down.  I was actually going to throw in the towel and give up. But I decided not to. I needed to write. I hope you enjoy.

Prompt: …. the line was drawn ….

I told them that it was okay. I said that I had move on.

At first they didn’t believe me.

They though it was just a bluff.

Damn! They knew me well.

Truth is I was devastated!

How could he have done that?

I just didn’t understand.

Until this very day I kept on asking, ‘what did I do wrong?’ But during my self-pity…

Something happened.

It hit me.

I had to move on.

The line was drawn.

There was no going back. And as I saw my reflection, I smiled.

It will take time.

I will heal.

For I am better than that.

So What’s The Difference Between Screenwriters?

Have you ever wonder what differentiate a professional screenwriter from the rest of us? I know I have. Actually this has been a question that has been bugging me lately! I know hard work and determination is important.

But how do we differ?

Are they a special group of individuals that were chosen at birth?

Are they the selective few?

The exception to the rule?

What makes a successful screenwriter?!

The answer?

They write.

Some of us writers tend to read books and scripts. Know the structure and format to a script. Go to workshops and networking events, but how many times do we stop and just write?

And I don’t mean outlines, summaries to our stories, writing prompts, and anything in between. I mean sit down and work on a story?

Work on a new project from beginning to end.

It’s scary.

I understand. I’m scared too. Making mistakes. Proving just how we are not  professionals.

But even professionals had to begin somewhere.

Believe me, all those successful screenwriters were as bad or worser than us, but they kept going.

They kept on writing.

Perfecting their craft.

If we want to get to their level, we need to write. We need to be self-driven and confident in ourselves. We need to learn from them.

We have the passion for writing. So it is time to prove it.

So what are you waiting for?

Write!

Even if it’s 30 minutes a day. Wok on your project. It might take longer than usual but at least you will be getting there.

Make time.

Now if you are as curious as I was about what makes a successful screenwriter check this article. I stumbled upon it when I was trying to find my answer. It’s informative, fun, and who knows, it might be inspirational to you.

Until next time,

Eva

Bizarre I Tell You!

I wanted to write something more deep for this prompt but instead this came out. I hope that you enjoy it and please like or comment. It’s always appreciate it :).

Prompt: … the rain turned the road into a river…

~.~.~

You have to believe me! Sure, I’ve lied here and there. But the thing is I was there. I was there when it happened!

What?

You want to know?

I—

Well—

Why not!

I was minding my own business, pushing anything that was standing in my way.  The usual. When out of the blue thunder and rain just came falling down.

It was bizarre!

Out of a freakin’ movie!

No, of course I wasn’t scare.

…A-anyways, next thing you know, the rain turned the road into a river.

And if that’s not all, I need to get back home, but I can’t swim! So can you spare me a dime? I need to get back home on the boat.

It’s Better To Just Ask

There are times when asking for something we need is extremely hard, especially if we are asking those we don’t know…

I’ve been reading a few books lately about  screenwriting and they always mention that sometimes is better to ask a professional writer for one of their scripts from the series you are trying to write for.

 If you’re lucky and get a copy of the script you can have a sense of what the executives are looking for when reading spec scripts, and as an added bonus you see the work of a professional screenwriter first hand. Sure, in today’s world you are able to find scripts online but that’s not always the case.

Especially if you’re trying to write a spec for animation!

Recently I realized that I can find a lot more scripts on sitcoms and dramas online than on animated series. 

So I decided to take the authors’ advice and go for it. I decided to go straight to the source and ask. Not because I wanted to but because I needed to. I need to write, read, and breath animation scripts. I want to learn and get better.

 I’ve never done this before so I was extremely nervous!

These are busy people you know. All these scenes about the many ways they would reject me came to mind. Part of me didn’t want to do it but part of me knew I had to.

 And you know what?

 It went better than expected. Sure, I didn’t get a script but the writer was more than happy to give me some pointers, and those are priceless.

 I am aware that there will be times when I will be ignore and that’s fine because as long as I don’t take it personally and move on I will get the answer I’m looking for, or even something better and unexpected.

Remember, not all writers can share their work with you, even if they want to, but if they are more than happy to give you a few pointers, take them. Learn from them. Use them.

We are all shy to an extent but if it will help us with our work we need to go for it.

We need to just ask.

Until next time,

 Eva

All in Good Sportsmanship

Julia always has something to challenge us with. For this prompt I could have done more than 100 words but still,all in good fun  🙂 Enjoy.

This week’s prompt: ….Murray was just about to serve for the Championship when…

 

I have always believed that when you play sports you should wear a pair of lucky socks, lucky shoes, a lucky pair of underwear, a lucky bra, a lucky— well you get the idea.

I mean this is good sportsmanship, you know?

I’ve told Murray this a thousand times and he’s always telling me, “Jane, don’t be silly. That’s just superstition!”

Fine. I understand. You can’t make everyone believe in the same thing.

Well, Murray was just about to serve for the Championship when all of a sudden it started to pour !

And when he turned around to look at me I couldn’t help but say, “I told you so!”

I Was So Frightened I Thought My World Had Stopped!

Well, only for a few seconds…

I started reading Jeffrey Scott’s Writing for Animation and as practice we had to write a premise for the idea given by him. I’ve written premises before. I know what goes in one.

But  I haven’t written a premise recently so of course my mind went blank; to the point where I was afraid to write the premise. Let’s face it, I know I’m rusty in that subject.

“Can I even do this?” I had even questioned.

It was official. I had doubted myself. My talent.

I can truthfully say I don’t know what had come over me. I felt helpless.

I remember telling my fiancé that I couldn’t do this. What if I wrote this wrong.

After a few minutes and with the encouragement my fiancé had offered me (which I thought was cute), I decided to just suck it up and write the premise. I realized that I had nothing to fear. This was practice and no one was going to see how terrible the finished piece would be. That was the whole point to this chapter. To practice and make it better.

With my new self-confidence beaming, I wrote it.

Sure it wasn’t as good as the premise written by Mr. Scott but it sure was a good start!

Funny thing.

All night long all I thought about was premises, to the point where I just came up with an idea for a spec script!

Being frustrated and insecure is a terrible feeling but getting something positive out of it can be priceless.

We must believe in ourselves for as writers that’s just the first step. Everything else comes with practice.

Until next time,

Eva