Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Binge Writing part II - Binge Editing

HRJ - iPad Art with PenUltimate, 2011
The chaos to the left is pretty much what editing process looks like - colorfully messy.

Editing. Yes, editing, my most painful part of the writing process however it is necessary.

I should clarify, I LOVE editing other people's work. I detest editing my own especially copy editing, to be honest, I could not tell you where a period goes. Nor what tense I should be using. Etc. This is mainly due to the fact, I had terrible English teachers in high school who told me I could not write. Or I should say, I could write but NONE of them, ever sat me down to hone my potential. Even though, I begged them to. They simply told me I could not write.

Everything I have learned about writing and editing I have learned by doing. Synchronicity has been kind to me, lead me to the members of the Death Pixies and other beautiful mentors along the way.

I know that someday, I will find a great copy editor, who can tell me where a period goes. Tell me what I need to do fine tune my work.

I feel very fortunate that I do have a great imagination, I know how to frame and tell a story. Generally, I do not struggle with building characters, plot line, story arch and worlds. {Yay!}

With all that being said....

During this process, I have made three discoveries

  •   Binge editing is good for me sit down and hyper focus on this part of the process.
  •   Editing {much like film making} generally will take 3x longer than originally projected {I told the DP that I would have pages to them by last weekend. Um, this has not happened, yet.}
  •  I love writing/storytelling, I LOVE it, if I did not, there is NO WAY I would willingly subject myself to this process. {This is most important discovery...}

The binge process is working for me, so far....

I still have more to say on this topic but I will save it for another post.....

Until the next time, happy writing!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Binge Writing part I

Digital Photo - HRJ, 2010
One of the many aspects I love about being a creative type is the ability to morph my process on a whim.

The other night, I spoke with fellow writer, former Death Pixie, {she has relocated to LA}, Gretchen Ash about  cleaver time saving techniques {and other writing related matters.} Gretchen had mentioned how she was going to have a, "writing marathon this weekend."

That phrase haunted me all night long. By the time, Friday afternoon hit, I had an inspired idea, "binge writing."

I find it beautiful even though Gretchen and I had the same goal: to write as many words as we could over the weekend. Gretchen's term, "writing marathon" is her language, perfected and succinct. Whereas "binge writing," is me, I ravenously chaotic my process. No matter how the process is languaged, the results are same - finished material.

I digress.

By the time, I got home from work on Friday, I was ready to go.

Note - I did not go into this process without a plan. I am a strategic thinker, I always have a plan in the form of a mind-map full of words, phrases, paragraphs and drawings. During my lunch hour at work you can find me a coffee shop with my iPad creating. {I will explain more about this part of the process in part II}

The result from the weekend, 15K worth of words written.

Does anyone else have writing marathons? Or binge write? Any tips? Love to read about it.

I am going to pass out now....

Friday, March 4, 2011

More inspiration

Bird House - photo - HRJ
There are stories everywhere, they just need to find you....

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Lil' Inspiration

Bird - Photo by HRJ
I am a visual thinker. I see things in terms of pictures. When planning a story, I take photos, pull pages out of magazines or draw my own. The pictures help me create a feel and look of the story....

The above picture, is something that I snapped around the holidays...