Leliel - Authentikei
Leliel, mystic and creative spirit, loves to write about metaphysics, the occult, and literature, especially horror.
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You Can't Change The Way People See Your Art
How often do we obsess over the perfect presentation of a creative project? Don't we know that our creative process is...well, a process? And yet we forget it so frequently. We forget in the midst of art critics and fandoms voicing their opinions on whether your art is exactly what you say it is. It's terrifying, isn't it? And dear god, it can hurt. Hearing some opinions is the equivalent of hearing the pages of your story being torn, your canvas being painted over, or any of your creative work being burned by the flames on their tongues. It's an intimidating tragedy. It feels inevitable.
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.
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.”
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!
Switching From Confidently Editing and Writing Anxiously - The Violet Project Diaries - Entry 13
I have to be honest, I didn’t miss the anxiety that comes with wanting to make sure every word you write is significant. The ideas bursting inside of me while I was editing was really exhilarating. Now I’m back to layering the story down, brick by brick, word by word.