Read on to check out what Joss Whedon considers the most important things to take into consideration when writing scripts.
· In a script everybody matters.
It became apparent to me very early on, that not only do I need to understand my characters, I need to understand the characters that you don't generally need to understand. I think it's almost insulting to hire someone to be someone and you don't know who he is...it will ultimately inform what happens.
· Lean on your genre.
I need genre, I lean on it, because there's always structure as well. If it's a musical video – they're going to sing – if it's a horror movie, they're gonna be scared...I love that – the humanity obviously comes within. Every – every – story is a story about people, or it sucks.
· Believe in your concept.
Time travel is a concept that has been done and so is every other thing you will ever think of. So the thing that makes it worth saying is only going to be you.
· Enjoy your craft.
I myself have never enjoyed anything more than writing. I love to live in that world. In fact, I need to. I've had so many people come and be like, "Y'know, I'd like to write,"...and I'm like, "Just leave." I know writers who, it's torture for them, they hate it, it's like "AARGH AARGH!" but they can't stop.
· Embrace your weirdness.
Whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset.
Today I want to tell you about typical mistakes beginning writers can make. Whether you are a new or experienced author you still can make mistakes. Your first step to success is in ability to fight and solve core of the problem. So let’s find out what are these typical mistakes.
Living the future. Everyday you start new masterpiece. Thinking about new creative ideas, plots and incredible characters for your story. You start and drop writing, because you’re overwhelmed by other new ideas. It seems that somewhere in the near future lives that perfect book. A book that everyone is going to admire and willing to buy, but it never happens, because you’re keep dreaming. Stop dreaming the future, come back to earth and start writing, writing every single day.
Quitting after first critique. The first critique knocks us down. We hide in the shell and refuse to bring our book in such ruthless world. Or on opposite we believe that have written the next big hit and start arguing with critic unlit the last. In the end we abandon our work and forget about it.
Don’t be afraid of critique. Not everyone might like your piece and it’s totally fine, because what one person would love to see, another won’t even read. Try to analyze feedback you received it might be really helpful. Be open to useful critique.
Not doing any research. New writers believe that reliability of the description is not that important, especially when it comes to adventure or fantasy genre. However, it’s a common mistake. Knowledge of the using “material” gives you credibility. Otherwise, reader just won’t trust your story.
Write about areas you are familiar with. But what if your plot requires a fight, which takes place in a steel factory, for instance. And you don’t have enough knowledge to describe a place. What you can do is to ask people with expertise. Most of them will gladly help not only with advice, but also will give theoretical material on concerned topic. So don’t be afraid, make a research and ask for advice if needed.
Not understanding who your readers are. Writing about what bothers only you, living in your own world and forgetting about the reader. Of course, if you are not planning something more and want to write just for yourself that’s your right, do whatever you want. But if you want to bring a story to the whole world, promote it and publish, in this case, you have to take into account needs of the market and understand who your readers are.
Fears. What if it won’t work, what if no one will like it, what if I won’t finish my book, what if new ideas won’t come, what if…. All those “What if happen or not” confuses us, slow down our writing process and even upset us so much that we are ready to give up and bury our work somewhere deep down.
To say the truth it’s very difficult get rid of those thoughts. However, we shouldn’t succumb to our fears, otherwise, all the time and effort was for nothing. Unfortunately, there is not cure from fears, but you can fight them back. Yes, it’s going to be difficult, but doable.
There is nothing wrong with making mistakes. They help you grow, improve and gain skills, experience to achieve success and to become a better writer.Nov. 1, 2016, midnight 1 Report Embed 4
If you want to become a better writer, or to be able to express your ideas and thoughts more clear, you need constantly grow and develop your skills. Otherwise you will end up with “crisis of creativity”. Listed exercises will help you to improve creativity and will be not only useful, but also very entertaining. They’re going to generate new interesting ideas and empower your way of thinking.
Following workout should be done in written form, and try to keep the exercises up to 10 min each.
· Close your eyes. Think about one of the objects in your room. Try to give it as many characteristics as you can, without opening your eyes. Then open your eyes and write down everything you remembered, and do not peek.
· Choose any poem that you like, and use last line as the first line of your own poem.
· Write what would you say to stranger who gave you a visit at 4 am.
· In 300 words describe a perfect place, where you would like to live.
· Write a story about an empty glass.
· Write about easiest/ toughest decision you have ever made.
· Imagine that you are in a room full of people, but you are the only one blind there. Describe the place and people around you.
· Look out the window and pick a stranger. Use 150 words to describe this person, way he/she looks, profession and habits.
· Think of the story that should include following words: beach, dog sitter, law and bun.
· Imagine that you are a Christmas tree and were just cut down. Describe your feelings.
· Write a monologue of a lonely tree that survived in a burnt forest.
· Think of a newspaper article using words: priest, money, cellar and kettle.
· Make a list of ten things you would sacrifice your last 10$ for, a week before payday.
· Write 8 daring reasons why a vendor of the antique store left his town.
These exercises will help you to boost your creativity and will improve your spontaneity in thinking. Good luck!Oct. 27, 2016, midnight 3 Report Embed 8
Many of us have a story to tell, we have experience, knowledge and vision of “How it supposed to be”. So what to do if you decided to write your own story or book?
Don’t tell anyone that you are going to write a story, even if you started to write one. It’s common that after you made to do list or only planning on doing something, you rush to tell “I’m going to be a writer!” to all your friends and everyone you know. But what if you won’t succeed (it happens in 80% when people fail at their first attempt), you will be judged and discussed your back, you definitely don’t need it.
Writing a story and promoting it is a difficult process that consumes a lot of time and energy. Don’t put high standards for yourself and people around you, and try to look at things with clear mind.
It’s not too late to change your mind. For instance, you can start a project, become a reviewer, establish your own business in other words find tons of different activities where earning a significant amount of money is easier than writing a book. It is very rare when fiction, business or any other book becomes a best seller, and it’s almost impossible for beginners to become commercially successful. So if you are writing a book to earn some money this option is not for you.
Despite first 3 tips you still need to try your hand at writing a story. If you won’t try, you will never know where it could lead you, so stop guessing of what “might happen” and do it!
Forget that someone admire writers. They get criticized, envious, colleagues say that “He or she is mere incompetence”, when they are underestimated geniuses. All these noise and talks, fame and attempts “to make a name” - that’s not a reason why people start writing books. Most of emerging authors write without thinking of getting famous or send their works to everyone in a hope that someone will notice them. In order to reach certain financial or moral status you will need to work a lot, it won’t happen overnight.
Success of great story is not about complaining to reader or telling the story from yours perspective, reader should to put himself/herself in your place and feel same emotions as you do. No one cares about your rough childhood, divorce of your patents and the fact that you were a fat ugly kid with glasses in school. But when you tell about your difficulties in a specific way so the reader can learn a lesson from it - emotional or moral and experience all events as if it actually happened with him or her – that’s what makes it a great story.
To be a good writer and write a story worth reading is not easy. It’s important to work hard, train regularly, expend your skills, to read a lot and write even more, try various styles and genres.Oct. 21, 2016, midnight 0 Report Embed 6