Friday, March 18, 2011

Writing! Friday! Don't punch our car!

Hi guys! So I've switched my posting to Friday. I held back my internet OCD for as long as I could, but eventually the need to space out three posts over five days was just too overwhelming. It's Friday, Friday, whoa! (I cannot get this song out of my head. Or this song, for that matter. SHUDDER.)

Ahem. I digress.

At the best of writing times, I feel like I'm furiously transcribing a scene as it plays out in my head word for word. At the worst of writing times, I'm staring back at a cast of recalcitrant characters who are on strike. No joke, I once ended a chapter with, "Then Gray stared at the author and snapped, 'Well now what, genius?'"

Thank goodness for revisions.

A friend shared this video with me a while ago and, while being jaw aching cute, it kinda illustrated my own way of writing: painstakingly prodding the tiniest of details (which may or may not make sense) out of reluctant characters and choruses that may or may not know exactly what's going on (or what you'd LIKE to go on) in a scene. But I suppose that's the job of the film maker...I mean the writer: To make sense of all the jumble of plots, the post it notes on the computer, the scraps of dialogue written on the back of your hand during a soccer game.

Now, it's Friday. Let's go have some fun fun fun. Partying, partying, yeah.


L. T. Host said...

OMG I love Fridays. Except that Friday will no longer be my Friday, I'm sure. Don't know what day of the week it will be yet-- and it might change every week-- but yeah.

I tend to compare my writing process to watching a movie in my head, and I'm just writing down what happens. It's easy not to take responsibility that way. "Someone ELSE wrote this. I'm just taking notes."

That way, it's not me that the characters get mad at. It's the little screenwriter I've enslaved in my brain.

Stephanie Thornton said...

I just watched that video with my husband- I laughed so hard I cried!

K. Marie Criddle said...

LT -- I totally understand. I like not taking responsibility for half of the things I write, too. Cause, boy howdy, when those characters get mad at something you've written, they won't talk for DAYS. This sounds mildly crazy, doesn't it? Oh well...we're all writers here, we understand, right??

Stephanie -- Yay!! My husband and I can't stop quoting it. "You dumb kids! I'm gonna steal all your birthday stuff!!"