Lost to ambiguity, I’m nothing. Obstacles with no substance nor logic conquer all. Circumstances are conspiracies. My anger’s self-righteousness
Accepting That I'm A 'Plantser' - The Violet Project Diaries - Entry 19
It’s been a while. I really had to think about how I needed to approach my first and second draft with more tact than just “vomit writing”. I worried a lot about repeating the same mistakes, but I think I figured out how to check and double check myself without it being stressful. Actually, it’s become a lot more fun. Taking a big picture approach to the prep work that John Truby suggested (from the last entry) has made sifting through the first draft of the novel so much more exciting. Perhaps this is obvious to anyone who’s written anything, but I was inevitably the one putting so much pressure on myself I ended up paralyzed…again. Hey, at least I’m out of that funk now. So, here’s the new approach I have.
Just Writing, then Rewriting with Structure - The Violet Project Diaries - Entry 18
My first draft characters are becoming more believable (and pretty messed up) in the second draft. I love it. However, that is only one pleasure out of the many other struggles I’ve been dealing with. Lately, working through my second draft either feels like a brand new story or pulling teeth and reminding me of how chaotic my first draft really is. I didn’t have a solution to this dilemma until I ran into a video interview of John Truby, American screenwriter, director, and screenwriting teacher (Wikipedia), on YouTube Channel FilmCourage where he explained exactly what I was going through.
Genre Study: Horror and Magical Realism - The Violet Project Diaries - Entry 17
Okay, so I’ve been behind on VPD for a bit. To get my head back in the writing zone for my novel, I wanted to do a genre study. Horror and magical realism are my favorite genres to blend. My first published attempt at doing this is my horror short “Autonomy Bleeds Black” where pain and power manifested into elemental forces. One of my favorite magical realism works is Pan’s Labyrinth directed by Guillermo Del Toro. I’m a huge fan of Del Toro’s and am grateful that Pan’s Labyrinth was my introduction to him. In interviews, he’s described this film to be very personal as someone who lived under strict and religious conditions, but used fantasy works and other genres to escape. Often our escapes become reflections of our inner world and help us interpret what’s going on within us subconsciously and consciously.
Prose of The High Priestess
Close your eyes. Fall. Let her catch you; if she doesn’t, know that there’s no intention to break your trust, but unconsciously keep a better promise through a deep dive into your psyche.
On Writing Atmosphere and Archetypes - The Violet Project Diaries - Entry 16
Before my writing session, I had to watch a little Jenna Moreci, a bestselling author who gives wonderful, if not sarcastic, writing advice. My favorite quote from this video: “All fantasy should be based off of medieval Europe because it’s the law.”
Blind With My Flesh - Judicium
That part of me was never me. Damning guilty pleasures. Praying for my convicted spirit. Decreeing my flesh stay separate from my soul.
The Fun of Writing Environments - The Violet Project Diaries - Entry 15
Writing session (2nd draft writing/editing/research): 1276 words - four hours Today was a better day. I’m getting into a flow. Beautiful ideas are coming to me. Writing is a joy again!