Jeff Nichols – Quote of the Day

“I’m a very slow writer, and the typing, which most people consider writing, that’s a very last step for me. I heavily outline things. Even before I write anything down, I think about things for a really long time. It’s like a tape ball that you just add detail to”

 Jeff Nichols is a film director and screenwriter. He’s most well known for having written “Loving,” “Midnight Special,” and “Mud.”

If I can add on to this, there are many different writing styles. I believe mine is very similar to that of Nichols. I can outline for a very long time, to the point where it feels like it’s probably overkill. Once I’m done outlining, and I put my fingers on the keyboard to write the script, the story just pours out of me onto the page. Maybe this is a good method for you, maybe not. Some people let their stories die in an outline. They use it as a buffer for their fear of completing a story. For those, maybe it would just be best to start writing the script and let the story come out. Whatever your method is, writing likely won’t work for you unless you listen to yourself. When you listen to yourself the words will come out, and so will good stories.

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New Year’s Resolutions for a Writer

Happy New Year! It’s 2018, and that means whatever you want it to mean. It can be just another day, or it can be a fresh start. This is a new year, and you can throw out all the waste and bad mojo from last year and leave it in the dump. How cool is that? About 42% of you will think that’s lame, because 42% of people don’t make New Year’s resolutions. For the rest of you, the ones who want to improve and do better this year than they did the last, keep reading.

This post, and this blog, is for inspiration. Who knows, maybe I’ll convert a few of the 42%? For the other 58%, let me tell you that only 8% of you keep your resolutions. That means of all people, only 4.6% make resolutions that they stick with! That’s a very small number.

If you want to be one of the few, the great, who make their resolutions and keep them here are some resolutions specifically for writers. I’ve taken out the hard work of thinking of them. Good luck! I know you can do it.

Goins, Writer: 17 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

Joss Whedon – Quote of the Day

“Finish it…I have so many friends who have written two-thirds of a screenplay, and then re-written it for about three years. Finishing a screenplay is first of all truly difficult, and secondly really liberating. Even if it’s not perfect, even if you know you’re gonna have to go back into it, type to the end. You have to have a little closure.”

Joss Whedon is known for so many good things including having written the wonderful film, “Serenity,” right here in theOffice. He’s also known for having written “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Avengers,” “Cabin in the Woods,” and of course “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

You can have a million great ideas, but if you never write them into a story from start to finish they don’t mean much. If you’ve never finished writing a story, maybe you should make it your priority. A little closure goes a long way.

Critics and Audiences

There’s been a lot of controversy over the differences between the scores of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and for good reasons I believe. If you don’t know what’s going on, critics love the movie and audiences feel totally mixed about it. While the critic score is lying at a fresh 93%, the audience score is sitting at much lower 54%. Rotten Tomatoes has come out and said that these ratings are very real, and nothing fishy is going on with them. This disparity can be normal in movies, but what’s really strange here is that critics love the movie far more than the audiences do. That’s not supposed to happen. It’s supposed to be the other way around… isn’t it? I’m going to leave my opinion out of this, because that’s not what I’m aiming for here. If you want to learn more about the controversy, here’s a great article that describes why people are feeling the way they are about the film:

Vox: The “backlash” against Star Wars: The Last Jedi, explained

Now, onto my point. As a writer, if you become successful, you’ll have to deal with critics and audiences. This right here could not be a better example of what I want to convey. A story is a story. The only thing that matters is that you put your heart and soul into it, and that you’ve done everything you can to make it the best you can. At the end of the day the opinions of the critics and audiences are just that, opinions. There’s a whole lot of people out there that love and hate this Star Wars movie. They’re all passionate about it, and many of their points are valid. Who’s right? Every single one of them is. A story can affect every person who experiences it in a different way. Each person might place more emphasis in a different place. It was too cute. It wasn’t cute enough. The jokes were too jokey. Did you see what happened with all that action, and the moment with the LIGHTSABER?? I want to buy this movie just so I can burn it in my fireplace. It was everything and more than I could have dreamed, I’m going to frame it.

What matters at the end of the day is that you are happy with what you’ve written. That’s something to work towards.