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Things I’m (Not Supposed to be) Doing

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This is another post about procrastination. I do a lot of it.

April is Camp Nanowrimo! It used to be Script Frenzy, but since that’s no longer a thing, scripts have become a part of Camp. You can also set your own goal, which is new this year. I set mine to 30,000 words, 1000 words a day.  So that’s what I’m supposed to be doing.

Instead I’m:

  1. Wandering around the craft store (Ooh, I must have use for that, and that and that… I call the abundance of new ideas ‘crafter’s brain’)
  2. Reading about vintage sewing methods, modern sewing methods and drafting patterns
  3. Researching at handcraft marketplaces besides Etsy ( I may or may not decide to sell my crafts)
  4. Searching Pinterest for craft fails
  5. Cleaning my room (You saw that right)
  6. Listening to podcasts (Drawing while listening to podcasts is super helpful, not so much writing)
  7. Writing this post (okay, I should’ve written this a couple days ago, but…)
  8. Eating Easter candy (sugar, whoooo!)
  9. Eating leftover meatloaf (My grandmother’s recipe)
  10. Checking twitter and browsing links found there (All those tabs slowed my browser down…)
  11. Checking my email repeatedly
  12. Checking news links
  13. Some years ago, I procrastinated during Nanowrimo by watching Hannah Montana videos. (I am nowhere near the demographic that would make that okay. And unlike My Little Pony, I am indifferent to Miley Cyrus.)

So the cure for this procrastination is: Butt in the Chair and Writing (I didn’t come up with that phrase, but it’s super helpful). That is the only thing that is a real, lasting solution, to anything whether it is novel writing, graphic novel drawing or a job search.  I could ask why I can sit down and commit and go writing off on that tangent, but that just invites more procrastination. And 1000 words is not that much.

On the Nanowrimo boards one year, someone (I can’t remember who, sorry) mentioned that to enforce the butt in the chair thing, they actually took a scarf and tied themselves down. Some people use rewards, like chocolate, or new books, but those just distract me. I might try the scarf idea.

 

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Self Motivation and Deadlines

So, I’ve decided to resurrect this blog. I realized when I signed in just now, that I didn’t post at all in 2011. I spent most of that time going to community college to learn how to be a paralegal. I had it “up to here” with writing and turning things in, in general. But now, I’ve graduated and in between jobs, I have the time and presence of mind to post again.

While in school, I did do some writing besides school assignments. I won two NaNoWriMo years while in school after all, a ScriptFrenzy (sadly a recently defunct challenge similar to NaNo), and while I was commuting to school I started another science fiction novel. But despite that I couldn’t find the time to write on this blog.

Part of this was self motivation –Deadlines are so much better at motivating me. Cross this line and —  something bad happens. Or something like that. NaNo and ScriptFrenzy were great deadlines. There is a start and a finish, the thing doesn’t spread out into infinity. There is only so much room for procrastination, not an entire lifetime.

Writing on the bus wasn’t a deadline as such, but it had a limited timespan and  lets face it, there is not much else I’m doing on the bus besides reading, writing or listening to my iPod. When I got to school, I would have to put my writing away and think about other things. I got a lot done, but then my commute ended before the novel did, and I’ve been doing other things ever since.

Now I’m doing NaNoWriMo Camp, so I can have more deadlines (I like them. For noveling). This pared down version of NaNo takes place in June and August. I was browsing through a thread someone had post about user’s blogs and realized that I still create stuff and I have time. I can still talk about what I make, which is what this blog was created for.

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Books in Brown Paper Bags

I finally got down to doing the book review thing as I’ve always been threatening. I’m trying to update every week with a new book. Some of the books I have been saving up with reviews. Rogue Moon, Treasure Island, and Underground London all have reviews up now.

www.brownpaperbookreview.wordpress.com

Script Frenzy has started. I’m not really a script-writer, I realized, but I’m still writing one, or something that looks like one, this month.

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Script Frenzy — DONE!

Whoo!

I’ve finished Script Frenzy, and won:

2009 Script Frenzy Winner Icon

2009 Script Frenzy Winner Icon

I got through 97 pages of story and then by putting the “frame” designation (I’m writing a graphic novel script, which I’ll be the only one to see) on a separate line, I got it up to 127 pages. Amazing what the “return” button can do.

So anyway, I’m back to world of the blogging.

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Link of the Week

I’m probably going to be a bit scarce this month with Script Frenzy and all.

I’ve gotten a bit behind in my pages (I’m still in the 25 page range, when I should’ve hit 30 by now).  I thought I’d leave everyone with this link:

The Ten Doctors

It’s a fan comic of Doctor Who using all the Doctors up to the tenth (obviously). It is brilliant and clever and can even substitute for the real thing in between seasons. That’s how good it is.

It’s also quite inspiring: It’s un-inked which preserves the vitality of the drawing. For the aspiring graphic novelist in me it’s also helpful to see how the figures are put together, and how with the right marks they can be made to be both simple and indentifiable.

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Planning for the Frenzy

Since script frenzy starts tomorrow, I thought I’d share some of the planning I’m doing for the challenge.

First of all, I’ll admit I’m much better at writing prose, since I can describe the picture in my head. As with all of these challenges, I’m not allowed to write anything that would become part of the script (or novel). This year I’m writing an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. If you don’t know the story, this post contains SPOILERS (and I recommend you find a copy of Jean Cocteau’s version and check it out. Don’t bother with the Disney version, bleh).

I know the fairy tale fairly well, in several incarnations, but I want it to read like a novel, with scenes and rounded characters, so I start with notes on the following subjects:

Characters — For the main characters and the main supporting characters, I’ll do notes on their appearance (or a drawing), and notes on their personality. Each of them gets a name, and with it an image of them will form in my head.

  • Beauty
  • Beauty’s father
  • Her seven sisters
  • the Beast
  • Any servants and townspeople, or lesser characters

I take some notes on what motivates them within the context of the plot. For Beauty and her sisters for example, I’ve figured out what they are most interested in (one embroiders endlessly, one stays in bed a lot) and what they ask their father to bring back from town (when Beauty asks for a rose, which gets them all into trouble). I also try to plan a change for the main characters to go through as the plot progresses.

Plot statement — This is to figure out the main conflict and what the characters do. Beauty’s sisters are selfish, so they ask for things their father can’t provide. Beauty solves the payment of the stolen rose by offering herself to the Beast. The Beast wants beauty to break the spell so he asks her to marry him. Normally, I’d accompany this portion with some sort of outline, but since I’m doing a script, I’m including the outline in the actual writing. We’ll find out if this is a good idea.

Moral Statement — This part is what I’m trying to say. For the planning stage, some people find it optional. I think it helps to guide the decisions I make when throwing the words on the paper.

For Beauty and the Beast my initial ideas are:

  • Don’t trust your eyes
  • beauty/worth can be below the surface
  • transformations (especially unexpected)

These may change as I get deeper in.

I’ve also got notes on the roles of the protagonists and antagonists and other bitty ideas that come to me while I’m planning.

Some people don’t like to plan because it stifles creativity. The trick is not to plan too much. Just enough so that all you know who it is and what you are dealing with. It’s dispiriting and wastes too much time to do that stuff in the middle of the throes of a first draft (especially when under a deadline).

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A Strange Interlude…

On Friday, February 20th 2009, I stayed in while I was in Portland. I didn’t take any pictures, so this is an interlude where I post the link of the week.

Script Frenzy is coming up in April. It’s Nanowrimo’s scriptwriting sister — write 100 pages of script (TV, Stage, Movie etc.) in 30 days.

I was debating whether to do it– I’m not as good as writing scripts as I am writing straight prose. I think I will though — a script for a graphic novel. then I will draw it and it will be BRILLIANT!

Script Frenzy

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