The Writer's thread (Authors, Screenwriters, playwrights, etc.))

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  1. Mrs. Sawyer Registered

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    It was an idea started in the SuperheroSkype thread by ComicChick and I think it's great idea to implement.

    So let's talk about writing! What do you guys write about? How much do you write a day? What is your process when coming up with ideas? How do you juggle writing with other commitments? What advice would you have for other writers? Where does your inspiration comes from?
     
  2. Brain Damage Everything Under the Sun

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    I'll make a more detailed post about this when I'm less tired, but this is a fantastic idea for a thread.
     
  3. The Squirrel Le Rongeur

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    I'm currently writing for an upcoming web-series. I stick to mostly screenplay format these days.
     
  4. Schlosser85 Registered

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    I'm currently on page 407 (nearly done) of Book 3 of a sci-fi series that's probably gonna be 7 books total.
     
  5. DarkSentinel Registered

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    :awesome:

    I'm currently halfway (I think) through my second fantasy novel. The first one (which you all may know about since I won't shut up about it :hehe:) is finished, though being the perfectionist I am I still feel the need to tweak and perfect things until such time as they're set in stone (and by stone I mean print). Been trying to land a literary agent for the last 4-5 years, still no luck :waa: but I press on!

    Shall we compare synopses? :woot:
     
  6. Snow Queen 4AF (she/her)

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    Great thread idea.

    I write Batman fanscripts at the moment. I've finished 3 and am almost done a 4th but I plan to redo 2 of them. The end result should be 6 scripts.

    And I have a lot of ideas for (mostly) sci fi scripts afterwards.
     
  7. DarkSentinel Registered

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    If any of you are interested in fantasy and (real, i.e. badass) werewolves :hehe: my book thread is here: Legacy of the Wolven

    :up:
     
  8. SpideyForPrez Pandering to Webublicans

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    I'm only about a quarter of the way through a very rough draft of my first YA novel. I'm also working on two graphic novels that I haven't actually started writing, but have lately been outlining and doing some research for.

    I started the novel after I graduated but once I started working it got put on the back burner. For work, I currently have a sweet gig writing advertising copy but it often keeps from working on my personal projects. It's really hard to find the time and energy to write when it's also your day job. I spend all day writing for work and once I'm done I rarely feel like staying at my desk to do more writing.

    Any advice? Good thread idea, Parker Wayne. :up:
     
  9. DarkSentinel Registered

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    I too commend Peter Bruce :hehe: :highfive:

    My advice would be to keep thinking. Think about where you want the story to go, and then take baby steps on how you can get there. OR, and this is what I'm doing with my second novel, take a more "filmmaker's approach" to it; by that I mean knock out the major scenes that you KNOW will be in the book and just hammer them out so you have them down.

    Just a few things to help get you started :up:
     
  10. SpideyForPrez Pandering to Webublicans

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    Thanks, but that's pretty much what I already do. It's really the only thing I feel like I can do, is to think in depth about my plots and character, and occasionally write them down as an outline or by doing some free writing. It's finding the time to actually write my stuff that's the biggest problem.

    Some have advised me to take a writer's vacation and rent out a cabin or hotel somewhere and seclude myself to get it done. I would love to try that but getting away from work and other obligations (not to mention expenses) that keeps me from doing that.
     
  11. DarkSentinel Registered

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    Dude, just write in your notes app (or the equivalent if you don't have an iPhone)! You could be the digital J. K. Rowling, she wrote, what, HALF of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on napkins?

    Utilize your resources and build bit by bit :up:
     
  12. jonathancrane I love Marvel, DC & EC!

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    Currently, I am in the process of marketing my novel. When I was working on it, last school year (the 20th draft, to be precise,) I pounded out an average of 2.5-3k words a day. Since completing it, I have been working on three screenplays (one of them an adaptation of it,) and a new novel.
     
  13. Matt Mortem Karloff is King

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    I have an idea for a novel, based on a short story I wrote. It's just gonna take a very large amount of research and outlining before I'd ever be comfortable actually writing it.
     
  14. Victarion Iron Captain

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    I want to do for fantasy what Michael Moorcock did for science fiction with his Jerry Cornelius stories. He was a standard-bearer for the New Wave of science fiction, which put character above concept (say time travel, futuristic tech etc). So I want to take concepts from my medical biologies and use them to ground my world's magic system. Rather than write a doorstop, I'm aiming for "epic science and sorcery" where you have a story with a broad scope in a single 300 (give or take) page book.

    I find that I can't start a story after worldbuilding. I need to put that away for a week before I go to writing. Otherwise I'll end up halting the plot to show off my work, rather than letting it flow naturally. Bane and Talia from TDKR really inspired my heroes. I'm aiming for heroes who you might view as villains. Until you meet the actual villains, whom I hope are the greater evil.
     
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    I've written 2 plays that were performed at my college's theatre department. One idea came from a joke me and this girl had that I turned into the basis of a comedy, and another idea came from a reimagining of a ghost story I've heard as a child that I turned into a romance ghost story.

    I have a bunch of other plays that I've written that weren't performed, ranging from 10 minute plays to one acts, as well as an unfinished screenplay that I started but haven't finished.
     
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    Been outlining a few ideas for some short stories for the school literary magazine. I feel like I'm not ready to try and tackle a novel again after my last attempt.

    I did however, on Tuesday finish draft one of my first screenplay attempt, spending a lot of time looking over that.
     
  17. DeGenerate10 Br Ba

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    I've wrote a few comic scripts for my original characters last year. Now I'm working on a superhero novel. I've been thinking of trying my hand in screenplays but haven't gotten around to it yet.
     
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    I'd actually say don't do that at all, since that tends to be when writer's block seems to set in the worst. When you try to force yourself to be creative and to "just get it done."

    Just carry around a notepad and pencil everywhere you go, or the digital equivalent and scribble down thoughts, ideas, and outlines as they come to you.
     
  20. Ultimatehero Life is infinite

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    I'll post here, but I am wary, I'm a screenwriter with one script right now being reviewed by Universal to offer feedback notes on for possible further development and they're awaiting another script to be sent their way which a producer is currently reading over right now.

    My most recent undertaking is a huge biopic that's looking to be 170 pages long (same as 'The Aviator,' any shorter and it would feel like cliff-notes that's how massive this guy's life is and we all know his name). That's basically just a black list and another sample type thing, but if this person could have a biopic (which in previous years it's been said that's unlikely) it might at least spark something. I doubt I'll be kept on if it does though.

    With that said, I'm not at the point where I can easily help anyone out - but that's looking to be a definite within the next year or two at the most. 25 right now. I got here due to my executive and VP mentors holding me up so I believe very strongly in paying it forward. I got here by sheer luck, but I don't believe luck should be everything. So, if anyone wants help to progress - feel free to shoot me a line - I can't do anything now, but I can and will definitely be looking to help as many people as I can in the future.

    What do you guys write about?

    My theme is stories about a young man having to overcome his past and accept who he is to move on to happiness. The reverse of this being, and only two have gone down this road, if the young man can't accept it then his life falls apart. In a broad variety of genres. I've even tackled musicals before.

    How much do you write a day?

    On a good day I can get in a good ten or a little more solid pages a day.

    What is your process when coming up with ideas?

    They just come to me. It's very natural and I describe it to being possessed. I'll try to narrow this down some more.

    For writing -- I just sit down, put my hands on the computer and start to type and everything comes to me. If it starts becoming a process where I have to stop and think things through, I know that something is off.

    For coming up with ideas - as said, this just comes naturally. The more time you spend looking, the less you're going to find. The less you look, you're going to find more than you even know what to do with.

    For information not readily available to you -- research, research, research!!! Let's just say there's this script about a certain young boy who finds a watch which allows him to become many different aliens. Even there I did research. I watched everything I could that pertained to it including things one might not think of -- documentaries on the history of alien contact with earth throughout history. Yeah, it's a children's story but still you must always give it the utmost of your time and respect if you truly want to get things right. With biopics, write down as many notes as you can from as many sources as you can then organize all of them to easily reference back to.

    How do you juggle writing with other commitments?

    I am a work-a-holic, I don't consider myself someone to be modeled after in those regards lol.

    What advice would you have for other writers?

    I wrote this a couple of years ago when I was an intern and another intern similarly agreed with everything here:

    Also:

    Where does your inspiration comes from?

    As artistic and new-age as this sounds, it just flows. I don't go looking for it, it finds me.

    What do you want to do?

    I want to challenge the rules. I want to break down the formulas and kick the walls down while still being familiar and marketable. I relate a lot to Joss Whedon in this way and especially 'Cabin in the Woods.' It's also what has always drawn these big time mentors to me. My favorite ideas are the ones where you get the reaction, "why the hell has nobody made that into a movie yet?!" This reaction is what keeps my mentors glued to me. The most repetitive excuse is 'all the great movies have been made.' But, really when you look outside of the box? There's plenty more out there just waiting to be found. Just be wacky, true, and genuine - perfect example: a teenager travels back through time where he had to reunite his parents. Look outside the box, if you look to all these classic originals from the 80s they all experimented and went to places no one had really thought to go before. And who knows, you might find one or several of them. My current goal which Universal has shown strong interest in is completely breaking down the barrier between the audience and the screen. And depending on how that and this goes, hopefully I'll be able to stay around to update that one; that's been one of my dreams since I was 15 and first came here.

    Most important word of advice?

    Persistence. Be genuine. Never stop being you. Never sell out. Just write what you like, not what others expect from you. Surprise them. That said, don't surprise them too much.
     
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  21. jonathancrane I love Marvel, DC & EC!

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    To expand on my previous post:

    my published and recognized work (thus far) includes:

    -one script (and film). It was an adaptation of Stephen King's short story "One for the Road," which was approved by his agent.

    -a column (my review of Skyfall) which won a Keystone Award for Journalism.

    Currently, as I have posted before, here and in the Confession thread, I am trying to get my novel published. I wrote what I felt was a terrific interpretation of it - film lends itself to different storytelling, so I made some terrific changes to suit the medium, and address the tension between audience members who would have read the text and those did not (in short, all bets are off.)

    Ideally, I would like to have it published, so I could try to find an agent and hopefully plant a foot in the outskirts of the territory of the film industry. At this point, it is my best (and highly desperate and somewhat impractical) option for pursuing screenwriting. I cannot move out to Los Angeles, due to debt and other circumstances, and I cannot fund any films, either. One dream method of fulfilling said dream would be being accepted to USC and networking there; however, due to my lack of published scholarly papers, the odds of being accepted into the program, and having funding are extremely unlikely.

    Hence, the novel is currently my best and only option for entering the nearly impermeable boundaries of said industry.
     
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    A thought:

    Since many of us are trying to get our works published, let's use this thread to encourage and help out those of our fellow writers in our endeavors. Share query letters, offer criticisms, direct us to agents who might be best suited or most receptive to our particular works. Every author dreams of seeing their work on bookshelves; we can help achieve our dreams together :up:
     
  23. Ultimatehero Life is infinite

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    As said -- I can't help any screenwriters right now, but I'd be more than willing to in relative due time and that's handing the scripts right to Universal if I really see something in them (they're kinda like family to me). That said, I could potentially help out those novelists who write horror, crime, or action (like gritty action, not adventure or fantasy). The mentors I know are specifically geared towards that and are always looking at everything they can to find material. Basically saying, those novelists who are more geared towards that - I could potentially pass along now.
     
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    I understand. I'm sure you know by now that I write fantasy, but it's heavy-action fantasy, and no matter the genre of novel a query is the hardest damn thing to write, because you have to catch the agent's eye and hold it and make them want more of what you have. I myself have gotten *this close*, but I haven't yet found that ONE agent who'd be willing to take on as daunting a task as representing my novel :hehe:

    But seriously, how hard is it to sell the idea of an epic fantasy novel repurposing Atlantis mythology and Werewolf folklore with themes of honor, empathy and perseverance, heavy in gore and violence as well as having a lot of heart? :whatever:
     
  25. Ultimatehero Life is infinite

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    Sounds interesting, or it might just be that I love two of those things. I can see that as a book. Maybe film if it can be easily adapted (just look at I Frankenstein for odd ideas being made into films). I should also state it's just this narrowed now, once I get more connections that deal with other subjects I can pass those along too. So, the narrowing down of it above doesn't have to do with how sellable genres may be - just that that's the kind of material who I know look for, if that makes sense...

    ADDING: I don't know how books and publishing works, but with an idea like that you could try to jump start by self-publishing over amazon. Some people do that. and having two things some people really love, might get some traction that way.
     
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