Well the year of ideas is nearly at an end. I have one more page to fill …
– lots of new, actual usable ideas that will see me going for a long while yet
– training myself to come up with a new idea every day has made me more alert to my environment and finding new stories to tell, new people to talk about. It’s a big step for someone who, not so long ago, suffered from writer’s block.
– oh dude, EVERY DAY? No one has a good idea every day, and mental constipation was definitely a problem – there are a good 200 pages of utter rubbish in there at least.
– yeah, there were days missed. In one case a whole month where work and cinema life left me too tired to give more time to writing after family. It’s something I’ll have to learn to overcome when I next work full time …
– an idea a day sounds like a great idea at first … but when you get a real pearl there’s no time to develop it as you need to think of the new idea. Sure I can go back, but I wonder if the magic that I found in the original idea will be rediscovered (especially if I did not note it down properly).
– oh the importance of a good pen and note book. Ugly notebooks make for ugly writing. Not just aesthetically but content-wise as well.
– hand written ideas are better than typed ones. I thought a tablet would free me to write whatever I want, wherever I pleased. All it’s done is to distract me further with pretty lights. Pen to paper, or rather hand to pen, for me at least creates more of a connection from thought to action – it’s certainly easier to get inside of a character when you think about how they would write about themselves, the weight of the pen, the strokes etc. Something I must remember …
Yield (so far):
– one short film script
– beginnings of a game script
– beginnings of a closed television special
Would I do it again?
Oh god no.
Interesting as an exercise but I don’t think the output is worth more than me just carrying my notebook around as I used to. That said, dedicating time to write by hand in a notebook will help me more than not doing anything – so that’s something.