First off, thanks to Rebecca J. Allred (@Ladyhazmat) for tagging me in this. It’s made me think about my process. Damn her for making me think. Without further ado, here’s a look into my process.
What Am I Working on?
As of right now, my writing has been put on hold due to my focus and time being dedicated into a new house. I’m moving next month so I hope to resume sometime in October, more than likely the beginning of November due to my annual Horrorfest coming up (details here). Though the wait might be long, the question of what I’ll be working on has already been answered. I usually write film reviews (works here) but I’ve decided to go back to my true passion: screenwriting. I’ve got all these ideas, and I’m confident to say that they would all make for great films. Once I start, I’ll be collaborating with other writers and this next stage in my life will the start of something special.
How Does My Work Differ From Others of its Genre?
This question is rather tricky. From my earliest years to this year, when I got back into writing, I’ve found that I can’t stick to one genre even if I tried. I might have a couple of easy favorites I lean towards, but it’s important to my inner drive that I branch out as much as possible. Some genres are harder to write than others, I must admit (damn comedy).
Why Do I Write What I Write?
I’m referring to my memory cycle for this one. When I grew up with films, I didn’t grow up with just one genre, I grew up with all of them. Each one has inspired me to tell some sort of story, one different than the other. I want to conquer a story in every single genre of film, and literacy. I’m a guy made of up of different aspects and angles. Being confined to one or two of those would just be crazy.
How Does My Writing Process Work?
The details of this change every time but it goes a little something like this…
****An idea pops, usually when I’m doing something productive (never when I’m relaxing or lazy). Once it does, I lock it in one of the two ways: I either jot it down via paper or voice recorder (thank you app on my phone), or if I’m listening to a song while it manifests, I associate it with that song and there it shall say. I love when that happens.
****Once I find the time to properly get the idea down, I start writing down as many details as I have. In this phase, I never try to force myself to create aspects to add to it on the spot; everything has to come naturally. And while I don’t force myself to do that, I certainly help my brain the best way I know how: soundtracks.
****I start assembling songs and soundtracks that I feel could help my story flow the best. I don’t limit myself in this phase, either. I get and grab whatever sound I can for whichever story, and I form it all until I come up with a playlist that can I have playing on repeat whenever the writing time starts.
****Next comes the infamous first draft, and I do not hold back here. I have the music and the brain locked onto this one story, and I just let it all out. The first draft almost always acts as a story outline rather than constructed paragraphs. I form everything first, and then…
****Comes the phase where I make it all look pretty. This current phase is actually still new to me. Since I got back into writing just this past year, this is a phase that I have yet to perfect, but once I do, I look forward to sharing that with you all once I have it. I imagine it’ll be a combination of editing, structuring, editing, crying, self loathing, editing, reformatting, and ultimately triumph. As a matter of fact, I’m going to try something new, as recommended by screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (you can see that process here).
While I might not have everything figured out just yet, I think I’m off to a good start. I’m in the company of some fellow writers that are just as passionate as helping fellow writers as they are about their own work, and having some friends know & understand your struggles and victories is a big plus. One more thing I’d like to add: I mentioned before that I like the writing to come naturally. Working on a deadline is also a must. I recommendation I have is this: if you’re working on your own stories, allow yourself some time to not only process the idea, but also to let it breathe. Get some details in there, and once you have a few that you can use as stepping stones, then put the pressure on a bit.
Thanks for reading.