When I was young I rebelled against schedules. Thoughts and feelings were a guide for me. If I felt right about something then it was the right thing to do and if I felt bad about something then that something was wrong. I ran into a lot of grey areas. This year I am undoing my thought process along with many other bad habits. I am on the road to healing and trying to better myself. One of the ways I want to attack this process is on my blog. I use to have a routine where I would write my posts at the beginning of the week and edit throughout the week, but I would procrastinate because of outside stressors. I would tell myself “I don’t feel like doing” whatever the task was and I don’t do it. The main goal for me with my blog is to not let my routine break because of outside stressors. I want to see where my blog goes. So that is the challenge for me and you. Don’t let outside forces inhibit success.
This year I decided that I was going to take me seriously. I began to blog and do my other projects but ever since I have been writing and focusing on projects I forgot an important component, love. What do I love to write about, what do I love to do. Me.
I had been researching about a Niche that I would like to write about and doing SEO research. I’ve dabbled in a lot of things which was fun but what about tending to what I love.
I searched for my solution by pausing and looking at the bigger picture. What can wait and what can change.
Since I want to make yet another change for my script I decided that writing a script can wait…or at least I can spend less time writing it. I want to finish it and I am going to finish it but right now it is time for me to focus on me.
Many things, stressors have been happening and I use being busy as an escape. My escape can only last for so long. So now I am going to take care or me.
The Anxiety Challenge:http://loveandmarriageblog.com/11-day-anxiety-challenge/
It feels like I have slowed down after months of working on The Chronicles of Phoenix but between trying to do other projects and life I haven’t felt like working on it. I have read some other blogs and also just reading so that I can become a better writer. So I take micro-breaks for a couple of days (lol weeks) and pace myself. My plans for the script are to eventually turn into a small budget project. After talking to a friend of mine who finished up his pilot, I was inspired to take the approach of doing a small project but, I do not plan on doing this for a while.
After you edit the story publish it.
Let the world view what you have created. Some viewers will critic you writing and others will praise it. But before you listen to others form your own opinion. Your opinion is the most important one.
When you do listen to the comments, discern which ones are to help you with your next project from the comments that are negative. Take the comments that help and your thoughts and move on to the next project. Do not beat yourself up about what you could’ve done differently on this project. Move on.
As I come to a close, I would like to say that I hope that you have been inspired. I enjoy sharing my journey of self-expression. If you are a beginner in the world of writing, don’t give up and don’t compare yourself to others. You may feel like you have nothing to offer or other people are doing what you would like but better. Stop lying to yourself. You are an awesome, unique individual who has something to share. Continue to share regardless. Success or failure, You have something to share.
Let me know about the stories you plan to write!
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I am a perfectionist. It is hard for me to finish projects because they can always be better. Being a perfectionist also contributes to my inconsistency and procrastination. I put so much pressure on myself to do something great or just be the best. An example that I struggle with is reading the Bible and praying. I don’t stay consistent because I always pressure myself to read every day or I condemn myself a bad Christian. It does feel good the days when I do read the bible and I pray. It feels like a weight off of my shoulder but the hard part is reaching my own expectations for me. I am always trying to be this perfect version of myself at the expense of myself. I’ve noticed that being a perfectionist has inhibited me to have peace within my mind and with myself. I don’t feel free. I am critical of everything and I hold myself back. I wait to have all of my ducks in a row until I can do something that I want to do. So what is the point of being a perfectionist?
It isn’t healthy and there aren’t results. It affects hobbies and things that I would want to progress in. There isn’t a need for it anymore. If you are anything like me you may have these symptoms as well from being a perfectionist.
Here are some reasons why perfectionism isn’t healthy:
- Not Authentic (meaning no peace)
- Inconsistent because you put too much pressure on yourself
- Procrastination/Never completing tasks
- You hold yourself back because you wait for all your ducks to be in a row
- You’ll never be at your best
Again, there isn’t any worth to keep picking at yourself and plus it is not your place to judge anyone including yourself.
-Stop condemning yourself
-Learn to let go of the control and give it to a higher power
-Accept yourself and know that it will all work in your favor
Once we take these steps and learn how to be free life will be so much better. 🙂
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A script is what makes the film. Many of the best movies have the best scripts and many great directors have written their own scripts. The script plays a major role; it’s imperative not to have one. As I finish up my own script, I want to share some of the knowledge that I’ve gained. This information is valuable to those who aspire to make a film but do not know where to start, those who are in the process of writing a script or someone who critics movies.
Here are 7 lessons I have learned while writing my script:
1. Read other scripts
-When I started writing in Celtx I felt overwhelmed. Even though I had read a various amount of scripts, I still had trouble with formatting and writing. After reading a few more scripts while I worked, I had more confidence while I wrote.
2. Scripts are blueprints for making a film.
– The script includes all of the details such as how the scene should look, feel, what the character is doing and dialogue. When there isn’t a script then a film goes downhill. The script keeps the organization and flow of the story. An example of a film without a completed script is, Myra Breckenridge. The film had many issues that inhibit its completion. The staff was confused about the direction the movie was going in and that issue caused a lot of fights. Not only is this film known for the feuds, but it is also known as a bad film.
Sidenote: I actually like the book and the movie.
3. Writing a script is a tedious process
– A script is (often) over 100 pages. Each page contains transitions, dialogue and descriptions of the scene which include the camera details as well as character details.
4. Changes will happen
-One of the challenges of writing is creating the story. In order for the story to progress, changes need to be made. Some scenes will need to be taken out because they add nothing to the story. Some details may need to be added in to help move the story along.
5. Writing a script can be therapeutic and fun
-As a writer, my inspiration comes from life experiences and dreams. When I use my life experiences to tell a story it is therapeutic; I can examine my feelings and pour out my emotions into something that it healthy. When I use my dreams, screenwriting can be fun because I can explore a new world and get into the mindset of a different character.
6. The opening scene is hard to write.
– There is a lot of pressure to write the opening scene because it needs to grab the attention of the viewers. Because writing the first scene is hard it is also difficult to write the first word! Even though I have 2 outlines finding the way to word the opening scene is still difficult. For my latest project, the opening found me. I stumbled across a song that perfectly summed up the feelings I had for the scene and I wrote it. Do not pressure yourself to write.
7. The Outline is the blueprint for your script
-The outline helps with writing the script, the more detailed your outline is the difficulty of writing it lessens. The outline is like a skeleton for the script and it helps you have an idea of how the story is going to flow.
Here’s a video I want you to watch:
I thought this was pretty cool.