|A Lecteure Casuelle.|
July 10, 2018
(that title is just a silly French sounding transliteration ...what it means is "an informal academic lecture session.)
...and i'm going to write it here as a way of giving back to the lecturers, tutors and institutions who imparted their knowledge to me in the first place...if it is of any help or use to anyone else, 'go hard!' - kiwi vernacular for 'knock yourself out'-
...there is a twist...i'm doing this mini-lecture my way...typical addict thinking isn't it?
lecture subject :
always begins with a few good ideas. you may use one of them or all of them or any-number-in-between of them or none of them...and go find a whole new set of ideas. keeping an ideas journal is very handy. keep it safe from prying or poaching eyes though...
unless of course you want to share them.
once you settle on your amazing ideas, grow them. they are merely a starting point, a framework. flesh those ideas out into three dimensional "bodies".
sometimes the opposite is also powerful. not giving too much away or minimalising ideas works just as well.
full on "paintings" and "sketches" and any combination that exemplifies and enhances your story the best works.
stories are about the craft of words. never forget that.
there are no set rules.
you write however you want to and feel best suited to.
there is, in our day and age no set way to tell a story.
the paradigmatic field of narrative is being blown off its hinges so to speak without necessarily diluting or weakening the integrity of genre.
how about genre-less writing?
academicians will tell you otherwise and most definitely oppose me on this. unless of course they have exceptionally open minds themselves. that is a good educator. a brilliant academician : one who keeps an open mind.
there are classical story structures. explore them if you haven't already. embrace them. they ARE the founding principles of story writing. i am not opposed to them at all.
how about exploring ways of using classical narrative structure in non-conventional ways?? what's wrong with that??
bite my bum you old-fashioned academic stick-in-the-mud fogeys.
"mud in the sky pie in your eye."
(i would so dearly love to use more earthy, rough and ready expletives but i'll restrain myself.)
i simply am a writer who writes outside convention.
being different can be painful but i accept that. it's okay for me now. i no longer am being threatened with being kicked out of academic circles.
usually it is helpful early on in your story to provide a set-up and a hook otherwise readers may lose focus or interest.
it also pays very strong narrative dividends to not meander or fuck around at any point in your narrative. story writing should never be a waste of words or a stinginess of words either. never beleaguer the twist or next turn of the plot when you can bang it straight down on the table and also never pre-empt the narrative by bringing things on too soon! CLEAR AS MUD? there is a rhythm and flow to narrative...this requires soul-searching practice...practice...more fucking practice...and if i haven't said it before...practice.
it also pays to have a main focus character handy early on too and a powerful and creatively interesting description of your story world or worlds. don't forget the other things i've mentioned.
explore the following principles and tattoo them to the roof of your brain :
*time flow - how to elongate or compress time successfully (used in moviemaking)
*vocabulary extension - always be willing to extend your word prowess. mine is lacking...still looking and learning.
e.g. main character(s), antagonist, protagonist, sidekick etc. learn, explore, experiment, learn...
*WRITING STYLES. research research research
the most powerful stories i have ever read about in my lifetime were worked over and worked over and refined until it is impossible to not get them.
when and as you work on narrative as a complete artform, you find your niche or community or society or world or genre(s) naturally unfolds to you and it is a powerful and wonderful thing.
when you work it shows in your writing. when you don't put forth the effort it also shows.
work pays and pays and pays. we are the richer for healthful labour and work. art is work. a very important work.
explore every facet of narrative-making and you'll be amazed at what you discover.
here's the most important thing and i've saved it for last.
those of you who write and have read books throughout your lifetime are among THE MOST researched writers there are in the world. i hope you are aware of that.
same for movie buffs and gamers.
i live. you live. let's write.
website "WORDSMITH" - mine - will be up and running before the end of the year.
i lost my career in los angeles after film school because i had a mental health breakdown that i've never fully recovered from and at the time my daughter also was in need of me and i her. i know God helps fix broken dreams...