When I'm asked what I do, I've started saying 'writer.'
I'm a first time blogger here (that should serve as my warning). As a writer, I'm on the more self deprecating side of things. I know a lot of writers that are cocky and confident, but I just can't quite get there, but I'm beginning to accept the idea that someone else might be interested in what I have to say. I'd like to think that it's due to my wonderful prose and clever wit, but I'm sure it's more along the lines of a rubber-necker looking at a horrible crash. I'm hoping you can learn from this crash.
Writing has always been a very personal thing for me and I love to go back and look at the wonderful moments I have created on the page and roll around in them like they're a pile of hundred dollar bills, but those moments are always less frequent than I had originally envisioned when I finished the work. Therefore, a lot of my time as a writer is spent rewriting and revising (I know that's one thing that the pros say "Writing is rewriting," but at what point is rewriting just retarded? I think I'm there so I'm going to share with you).
I'm sitting at my local neighborhood Starbucks. I don't drink coffee and I'm not really a huge fan of Starbucks in general, but this one has comfy seats and I know where the outlets are. I've just finished my writing (revising) for the day. I'm working on a screenplay. It's a zombie horror film. After about five years, many screenwriting classes and a summer studying screenwriting in England, I've actually finished the first draft of the damn thing. Today I revised pages 90-100 in the original first draft, which are now pages 116-126 in the second draft. There's a warning sign for you: it's growing. My screenplay is like one of those sponge capsules that you put in water and expand, now I've simply got to undissolve the capsule and fit the soggy sponge back in it. And that's no small feat! screenwriting is hard work.
I'm sure that as I get more accustomed to writing this blog, I will come up with more useful and helpful mistakes and tribulations to share, but for now I'm going to stick with a brief intro and a bit of history about myself to make me more relatable to you.
I'm a UCI Film Studies Grad. I continued to take film and writing classes at Orange Coast Community College after I graduated. I love writing. There's something about that moment when your plot or subplot or some little detail in your story just falls together perfectly that is just wonderful. For me, almost nothing beats that feeling (almost nothing). But I've learned, as I'm sure many of you have, or will, that it's not simply about those moments. It's about the whole process. It's about coming back every day even when you don't want to because you stopped yesterday when everything got too hard and you have to do the laundry and feed the cat and get a snack and watch Buffy because you lent out your DVD of it and it's on Logo right now and Joss Whedon was such a great writer that watching it wouldn't really be taking a break, but something more like research... Whatever. I spent this whole last summer doing shit like that. It took me that long to rustle up the will to write every day, realize that I got nothing done at home, find a coffee place that I liked, that had accessible outlets, nice chairs, and wasn't too crowded at my prime writing time. I finally got here. It was hard and some days I still just can't quite get here, but I did today and I plan to tomorrow also and that's about all I can say right now.
Was this an appropriate blog? Too long? Too short? Too boring? Not boring enough? Too many typos? What about the title? Like? Dislike? Am I too needy?
Any comments or suggestions, please feel free. Not really sure about this blogging stuff yet. Help me out.