Next year is the fortieth anniversary of the sequel to the first Star Wars film. No doubt there will be quite a bit of fanfare among Star Wars aficionados when the anniversary date sets in. I’ve just watched the original theatrical version once again and it’s an odyssey of the senses.Continue reading “Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980)”
Ideas are written down, somewhere, somehow. The first idea I wrote down was pretty imaginative and ideasy, but I wouldn’t say the idea was ‘mature’. It had to grow somehow or be used in the appropriate way, be that I could make it in something good with the appropriate traditional publisher or if a script the right producer, or go the self-publishing route and all that entails for the author, or hit the delete button, if all else fails. But sometimes ideas just sit there and flounder and do nothing. This is good because they are left to grow as the writer grows as a writer and an author.Continue reading “The maturing of ideas”
There’s always in the back of the mind of a writer of shorter material the time when he’ll be an author and gets the book contract. But does one really want to do that? The book signings, the author meet and greets, the interviews…the general busyness over your book? And does one really like reading books anyhow, the longer stuff that is? Can a writer be satisfied with the niche he already has and make the most of it, as much as possible? And not put all his eggs in the writing basket?
Amadeus (1984) is based on the play by Anthony Shaffer, who wrote the screenplay, who seems to take liberties from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life. It imagines his descent at the hands of Austrian composer Salieri, perhaps who had a good relationship with Mozart in actual history, but in this film is filled with jealousy at Mozart’s gift and plans his downfall.Continue reading “Amadeus (1984)”
Just when the author seemed to have put his foot in it, the subsequent sentences doesn’t confirm that, but the context brings out more definition and clarity. And it sounds just right.Continue reading “Just when it seemed …”
I haven’t done an extensive study on “narrative”, but I believe a narrative is different to an outline or a sketch of events.Continue reading “Narrative / outline”
Been reading the introduction to Wuthering Heights although I was heard saying that I had gone off novels and preferred screenplays. Well, a little inspiration can stir one back into the novel.Continue reading “A little inspiration to read the classics”
Saturday morning, with a zest in my stomach, a zing in the air, and a thought that everything is going well.
Budding screenwriters take note.Continue reading “Some identifying features of movie titles”
I like to finish things, so that’s why I propose a way of organizing one’s bookcase, so one can have a sense of accomplishment in one’s reading at the end of one’s life.
Creators don’t like people saying that only 1 episode matters in their never-ending chronicles or series. It’s usually the first episode that matters, some people say. The creator says, it all matters (They also tell the picky fans to get a life. But that was about another matter, something more inherent in the series, the details, and not the broad outline.)
When is the right time to say goodbye to a piece one has written? There was this story I was working on from about 2008. It was kind of an epic, intended as a novel, but might have been a series of short stories instead.
It’s called skim reading. One skims the book one is reading to get the gist and thrust of the book rather than dwell on the detail. It takes little or no time to read the book, then.
There’s an easy way to file away ideas and thoughts. It’s not by filing ideas and thoughts for different genres into different notebooks, but simply keeping a notebook for everything that comes to mind.
If you want to write anything for publication or pleasure may as well get yourself a notebook or exercise book depending on how mobile you are during the day.
Little things I pick up along the way…as I was reading a book, I stumbled onto a nugget of wisdom. The book appraised films for this or that reason and a reason a critic gave was personally illuminating. The critic said a certain director wasn’t prepared to go the places a subject or premise would naturally go. It clicked. If I am to write stories, write stories I am prepared to deliver on. Go to the places the subject demands. If I can’t go there, don’t write it.
I love the idea of a serial of books, the epical feel of a serial.
Go ahead and start writing the story because once one starts writing it one may find it’s no longer relevant. One had worked through one’s issues just before the story crystalized. Onto something better.
The vague possibility that one kind of story has parts that make other kinds of stories, but similar.
Revisiting a story I have been working on, on and off, over several years. The part reviewed today sounds okay, but could be better. Overall, the story has made significant progress since I first begun.