You are hereMonthly archive / November 2010
This started off as a short story that was just too gritty for Christian Magazines that I was pitching it too. There is quite a bit of autobiographical content in it. The story is about woman whose life has been negatively impacted by unfaithful men and becomes damaged all the more because of a silent one. BUT as I string the scenes together and see the implications, I see how many connections and relatationships are involved the conflict points to bigger issues--legalized sex trafficking and an entire nation that simply refuses to acknowledge for fear of their own part in it being exposed.
One of the practices that I have as writer is to keep a running list of inspiration for the play I'm working on. Then I have kind of an Uber List of people, places, or things that inspire me or inform my work as an artist.
My ten sources of inspiration.
- Ariane Mnouchkine
- Vivienne Westwood
- Tim Etchells/Forced Entertainment
- David Foster Wallace
- Mary Overlie
- Anne Bogart
- Pina Bausch
- Robert Wilson
- Bruce Lee
- Andy Kaufman
Okay. That's more than ten. And I could go on. I've spent time obsessing over practically every person on this list - reading about them, studying with some of them, and then there's YouTube. YouTube is great for finding examples of a particular actor, playwright, or director's work. Plus there are great interviews. Mind you, this is not an excuse to procrastinate. But sometimes, just taking a break and watching an interview or a scene of someone else's work will inspire me or take me in a new direction or just give me some breathing room.
There is also source material that I use for a specific play. It can be research, but it can also be images, stories, music, poems that remind me of the play I'm working on, have similar themes or tone, or that for some inexplicable reason inspire me.You can go on to my personal blog and check out what that looks like here.
I also wanted to share a couple of links to some people around the web who inspire me daily.
Ming-Zhu Hii. Ming lives in Melbourne, Australia, was a theater maker and now has this great shop that'd make me go broke if I lived there. Check out her blog here.
Plus: Amelia Critchlow, 101 Birdtales.
And if you want to read about some playwrights - check this out!
What about you? What are your sources of inspiration? If you haven't done this before - take 5 minutes and just quickly list the first 10 people, places or things that come into your mind. Feel free to share them! Are there any particular sources of inspiration that are connected to the play you're working on now?
One of the few things I know about writing is this: Spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book, give it, give it all, give it now.
Good <insert time of day where you are when you read this here>! Hope everything is going all right for you, Rhinos, this, the 4th day of NaPlWriMo! How are you feeling? How is your play going? Got any good quotes? Leave your answers in a comment! Break a leg.
All female cast, so far at least. Two mains have hit bottom and start digging. This is going to be a spectacularly nasty bit of work.
It is easy to get lost along the way during the course of being a writer. This fact is true whether you write novels or write for the web, whether you write for fun or you write to put food on the table. Writer’s block will throw itself in your path. Self-doubt will creep into your writing world. And every day you will need to make the choice to continue writing despite the difficulty of it.
Here are 25 simple mantras that you can keep in mind to keep you writing when the writing gets tough to do:
1. I can write.
2. I will know more tonight than I did when I woke up this morning.
3. My own writing voice is good enough.
4. The right words are just around the corner.
5. Reading is research.
6. It’s okay if the draft isn’t terrific.
7. My opinion matters more than my critics’ opinion.
8. I can write something else tomorrow.
9. It’s okay to be friends with other writers.
10. I only need to sit and write – the rest will work itself out.
11. My writing is good enough to serve fair pay.
12. My perspective is unique; sharing it adds to the world.
13. I write because I enjoy writing.
14. Writing is the way that I understand the world around me.
15. Inspiration is a jewel to be treasured and carried within me each day.
16. It’s okay to feel like a mess.
17. The most well-known writers have felt bad about their work.
18. There is a way to do this writing thing that will work for me.
19. Creativity is a worthy use of my time.
20. I can say “no” if I don’t want to waste my time writing something.
21. My writing will change with time.
22. Putting my writing out into the world may affect others in ways I’ll never know.
23. It’s important to listen to my instincts about writing.
24. I deserve to take time out each day to write.
25. I will write.
It’s the simple things that matter each day. We need to walk into our experiences with the mindset that it’s perfectly okay to do what we are doing and that how we are doing it is good enough for today. The world is tough enough; don’t make it harder by being unkind to yourself or your writing. Remember that when you are sitting down at the desk to write something that’s not working for you. And then just sit and write.
Question of the Day: What mantra gets you to the next step in writing?
From your loving forums moderator: How are you doing on day 3?
So much fun already! Hi, I'm Nat, and you might already know me as _shigureluvr_ or the Rhinito. Anywho...
So, my week is full of theatrics. I have a big play I'm performing in (wish me luck) on Friday, November 5 through the 7th. I'm also (OBVIOUSLY) working hard on my FIRST EVER script for NaPlWriMo (woot woot!).
I feel alone. I've tried to convince my NaNoWriMo obsessed middle school classmates to participate in NaPlWriMo, but so far, no takers, other than my little sister. *sigh* So hard to be a Rhinito. Well, more later!
Hugs but no bugs (especially not on your computer O_o),
My possible play title:
A Photograph of Long Shadow Autumn
Thoughts? Ideas? Please comment!
Nat, Fellow Rhino/Rhinito
We, the Delicious Doughnuts, are so excited to participate this year! We're not sure how we're going to write a play in a couple of weeks, but we are eagerly getting started!
Major Tom Bowman is a celebrity astronaut torn between the love of his family and his addiction to space travel. Due to the speed of his rocket ship, it seems like he is only gone for a few days when three months elapse back home. He returns home to realize that his baby boy has become a man and that time for them to spend together is rapidly coming to an end. He must decide between commanding a mission of a lifetime or giving it all up for the love of his family.
Inspired by the works of Ray Bradbury, and the music of David Bowie, Elton John and Peter Schilling.
You do have a leash, as a writer. You're holding a dog. The great excitement is to see what happens if you let the whole thing go. And the dog or the character really runs about, bites everyone in sight, jumps up trees, falls into lakes, gets wet, and you let that happen. That's the excitement of writing plays.
How has day #2 been treating you? Did your play run up a tree?
Also, if you're an American Rhino, please do your civic duty and VOTE!
Naplwrimo runs on love, sweat and your generous help.
Thank you to our donors!
Machelle Allman, Holly Arsenault, Will Bond, Karen Chandler, Michael Lee, Leslie Liautaud, Jeff Mackey, Maggie McAleese, Marian McNamee, Marla Porter, and all our anonymous donors.