jack of all trades

How to Survive Writing...

Grady Klein writes this on how to survive writing a graphic novel, but I really think it can be applied more broadly than that: to any kind of artistic endeavor, really, as well as being construed as a guide on "how to survive yourself" as he says:

How To Survive Writing a Graphic Novel

(Check it out, guys-- it's told through pictures and a short amount of text, so it only takes a few minutes to read.)

Taking the Plunge

I made the descision to begin writing a screenplay soon. I've done this before, so no big deal.....uh...in a way. :)

I'm going to try a different genre than I have before- comedy. I have strong ideas, including where I want the story and the main character to go. I also have a great main character, who is based on an actor who will probably never do it, but I think it's important to construct things with as much gusto as possible.

I won't be posting the pages as I write, but I will be posting page counts and other interesting things that pop up.

I will be using the working title Gone With The Wind because it makes no sense to anyone but me.
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    blearry eyed

(More Than) A Few Tools

Language Is A Virus has a plethora of tools to browse through, try, and remind any writer of why they do what they do.

Example: From "Kerouac's Belief and Technique for Modern Prose"

List of Essentials
Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy
Submissive to everything, open, listening
Try never get drunk outside yr own house
Be in love with yr life
Something that you feel will find its own form
Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind
Blow as deep as you want to blow
Write what you want bottomless from bottom of mind

There are more, from Kerouac and others. Go take a look. :)
jack of all trades

Welcome and Rules

Welcome, everyone, to ink_provocateur! I'm pleased to see you all here and wish to take this post to outline the few rules we'll have around here. If anyone notices anything they wish to debate or can think of anything I should add to this post, let me know. I just threw this together as a reference.

What to Post

Please only post your original work (though derivative works are acceptable-- ask if you're unsure whether what you're writing counts as derivative). Anything original is welcome: your short stories, screenplays, novels in progress, poems, even essays.

Longer posts should be lj-cut. If anyone here doesn't know how to do that, please comment on this post and I will direct you to the livejournal FAQ page for the command.

If there is any sort of explicit content in your work (read: sex or gratuitous violence), please place it behind an lj-cut with a warning. We don't want to accidentally trigger anyone or scandalize them at work.

Since this is also a community to encourage its members in their novel_in_90 endeavor, posts containing word counts (daily, weekly, whatever) or inspirational quotes or observations meant to infuse our flagging spirits with renewed vigor are also more than welcome.

How to Post

When posting, please use one of the following terms to tag your post. This should help make the community easier to navigate and the archives easier to maintain.

Critique: This obviously indicates the author wishes for the piece to be critiqued. In addition to this, the author may wish to indicate what sort of critique she does or does not want (i.e. content but not grammatical, grammatical but not content, any and all, etc.). That information should be clearly presented before the body of the piece.

Discussion: This would indicate a post that does not contain writing, but rather a point or a topic put up for discussion with the members of the community. All posts under this category should be relevant to the topic of writing.

Show: This indicates the author does not wish the piece to be critiqued but merely read. This is appropriate for pieces that have been previously critiqued by the community where the author wishes to demonstrate that revisions have been made.

Exercise: From time to time, an (optional) exercise may be posted to the community for members to take part in (if they wish). Anyone may post an exercise; however, members should be aware of other posts and not post multiple exercises per week. The writing provoked by these exercises should be posted as responses to the original Exercise post. Unless, of course, the piece grows beyond the boundaries of the original exercise and becomes a whole separate piece in need of a proper critique. Members are encouraged, if they take part in an Exercise post, to read over the other responses and comment at will.

Inspirational: If you come across a picture or a quote or a saying that you find to be extremely inspirational, feel free to post it with this label in the subject line. Go for items that are inspiring in general, not something that is more personally inspiring (to you, and of your work rather than applicable to everyone). Don't over-do this category.

Informational: This tag will be in the subject line of whatever posts I make containing administrative messages. I should be the only one making these posts, detailing updates to the journal, changes in policy, or something of the sort.

WordCount: Naturally, a post tagged as this will include the author's word count information for a specified period of time. Those participating in novel_in_90 may find this to be a helpful exercise in keeping themselves on track.

A Few Things to Remember

All works posted remain under the copyright of their respective authors. I strongly suggest that all posts be locked to the community to safeguard your copyrights.

While there are no requirements in this community in regards to posting, I would remind you that the benefit you reap from this community will be in direct proportion to the work you put into the community. Critiquing others' can also teach you about writing even as reading the critiques of your own work. Please participate: it's what we're here to do.

Flaming will not be tolerated.

Please do not post off-topic. Writing is the topic here: anything relating to writing is acceptable. We all have personal journals for other issues.

As moderator, I reserve the right to place on probation, or outright ban, anyone who flouts the rules above. A warning system will be used to allow you time to correct your behavior prior to ejection.

-Deborah (aka fireriven)