So here we are, day 01 of Script Frenzy. I think I mentioned it some time ago that I was thinking of participating in this year’s event despite not being sure as to what I was planning on writing on. Well, I decided to take the plunge and see what turns up (it also ensures that I’m writing something at the very least, especially considered some recent health woes that has turned up in the past week).
So the script that I’m currently working on is based off a one-shot short story fragment that I wrote out some time ago. It’s a science fiction that I’m branching out to a television pilot (possibly for a miniseries because I can’t imagine this to become a long-running television show; a movie would be too short, I think) with two to three storylines that would eventually intersect at some future (not necessarily within this plot). But essentially you have
a) a female character (former military captain) out for revenge after her crew mutineed and marooned her on a desolate planet during the Rebellion,
b) a male military officer investigating a series of unusual deaths within the system and
c) a somewhat idealistic politician recently elected into office only to find out that there’s something brewing at the top
I don’t know if it’d work better in this medium but at least all of the dialogue would be down. Despite being a bit rusty with the script terminology, it’s certainly moves a lot quicker than prose (for me at least; I have a knack for coming up with dialogue a lot faster–hence the need to write it down even faster before I forget!). Anyways, we’ll see how this all works out…I hope I can make it to 100 pages with the story I’m running! xD Ooh, and later on I just might also tell you who I have in mind to play the characters…^_~
So it’s the end of March and the latest issue of Femnista is out! The theme of this issue is the Edwardian Era, which many of you would recognise from books written by E.M. Forster and Rudyard Kipling to visual dramas such as the movie Somewhere in Time and the recent television hit Downton Abbey. It’s a lovely issue filled with fantastic articles so be sure to check it out! =)
Read Femnista March April 2012
Digital Publishing with YUDU
For this issue, I chose to write on the novel A Room With a View (review), written by E.M. Forster. It’s a short classic that’s jam-packed with so much depth and insight about what it’s like to grow up in a period that in many ways straddles elements from the Victorian Era (thus feeding into the Edwardian Era) as well as the rapid modernisation that was happening. Having read it a number of times now, it never occurred to me how much I could relate to Lucy–sometimes her outbursts of frustration and snobbishness just hid away the personal frustrations that she was struggling with. It’s a quiet but an interesting journey to watch her embark on, especially as she was working with the rigid confines of her society of the time. Anyways, it was great to revisit the novel both plot-wise and location-wise (ahh, Firenze <333).
It’s February 1st, which means a brand new issue of Femnista! The theme of this issue is Charles Dickens (whoo!), the author who brought us classics such as A Tale of Two Cities, Little Dorrit and Our Mutual Friend (and yes, I just listed my three favourite novels from him). It’s a great issue, be sure to check it out!
Read Femnista Jan Feb 2012
Online Publishing from YUDU
For this issue, I wrote on the character of Eugene Wrayburn from Our Mutual Friend (and finely played by Paul McGann in the 1999 BBC adaptation), a man who seems apathetic and is pretty much bored out of his mind, but there’s clearly a lot more going on with the character than it seems. More after the cut ^_~
I was reading an article on social networks for writers when the topic of writing tools came to mind. Participating in National Novel Writing Month really made me realise how writers use different tools to get through the writing process. Some use particular programs such as yWriter and Scrivener to get the job done.
As for me, well, I’m a little more old school, so I’ve been using the following as part of my writing process (feel free to click on the images to make them larger and to read the additional captions):
#1 – NOTEBOOKS
It’s faster to write a draft directly on to word processor (so I’ve learned during NaNoWriMo), but if given a choice, I’d still opt to write my first draft on paper. I have first drafts to maybe three or four novels sitting in my closet in stacks, waiting to be revised (if ever -_-;). I actually did this too with my MA thesis so it’s really my thing. There’s just something about writing it down by pen; I feel like I’m more in control, if that makes any sense whatsoever. In the photo above are my Moleskin notebooks, which I’ve been using to write my shorter fragments/short stories. Sure, Moleskins are a bit more pricey than regular notebooks but when I write in these notebooks, I really feel like a writer. Is that strange?
(lmao, Ninth Doctor in this gif <3)
I actually crossed the 50 000 word threshold a few days ago (the 21st, to be precise) but didn’t make much of it because I was missing about three scenes. I more or less included them in now so I officially done with my first draft—whoo hoo! =D
It’s been quite a journey writing this novel out; it’s funny how different it looks as a draft compared to when it was sitting and fermenting in my brain. It’s exposed to me how major the plot holes are that need to be smoothed out over the course of the editing process (which won’t be for a while—need to let it sit there so that I could get a different perspective on it when I go back to start reading it). The most important thing I learned from this entire endeavour is the importance of writing everyday because it really does keep you going and disciplines you into a steady habit of writing everyday (because when I used to work on writing projects, I didn’t write everyday). It sort of helps with the writer’s block, although those were still difficult to get through; it does however keep things in perspective in a sense of “Oh, just get through that scene somehow, there’s always the extensive revision process afterwards”.
So overall, it’s been a fun experience, especially as this was my first time participating! We’ll see where this project goes from here in terms of the revision process but yeah, I guess this is my final blog entry concerning NaNoWriMo 2011 (unless something comes up before December, lol)! Thanks for reading this xD