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Part 1 Link: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/13013195
Part 2 Link: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/13013590
Phase 1 Outline and Transcript (Not Edited for error):
Good evening everyone! This is your host David Blane, Author – The Story of Michael. Tonight we will take a look at a number of interesting elements in writing and the creative process.That is why I have invited you to join me.
Many years ago I had a vision of a story. My story has not come to completion yet, and I’m not really sure what it is yet. However, it’s a personal vision I have decided to address publicly for my own benefit. It stretches from the depths of my core beliefs while surfacing in a cohesive written story. My hope is that it will start to knock on the door of writing and when my critic comes to the door, I can politely ask, “Are you sure this is the best way to tell my story?” Not hoping for an easy answer but to simply see if he will open the door.
My book, is like this analogy. It’s a starting place. A cracked door. Phase 1 to me is asking to come inside. To disengage the locks to peruse the mans home. Only to find that the man behind the door is just a perception.
Now why does this matter to you? I appreciate those of you who have joined me tonight, and I want to thank you immensely.
I want to read a quick note on art and the rules of art. And, yes to me, writing is an art form. At the very least, in my case, an expression. Writing with out standards can be obtrusive to what you are communicating to your reader. But in all forms, standards by definition are limitations. They cut short an idea for the communication and understanding for the benefit of the reader. Given that one has to conform his thoughts by 50% in order for 90% of the readers to understand his idea, does he not sacrifice 50% of his original idea? Thoughts, like those in a stream of consciousness, portray what happens when we put pen to paper without fully conforming an idea to standards like the English language. They are ineffective scribblings to most who read them. Though to the writer a pure expression that reflects some part of himself. Now then, is art meant to pass along the idea or simply to have idea? Can you measure the effectiveness of art? if so, does it defeat the so-called freedom of expression that we all believe is art? My task as an artist is to be true to myself before reaching a compromise of what I truly want to express. Effectiveness may be put aside, however, maybe if it’s a good enough idea, the value within it’s conception will be naturally effective. What I am trying to say is that our “ideals” of art naturally limit us, So it is my goal not to contradict them, but, rather to work because of and without knowledge of them. So to work regardless of them.
As an writer do you find it limiting to work within the standards of tradition and correctness? Or do you like the freedom to be as expressive as you want?
Start Phase 1 Recap:
~This means that the crucial elements of the story have been created and written.
~All Chapters Have Been Written
~Goal of at least 30,000 Words
~Has at least 20 Chapters
~All Characters have been created
~Rough Outline has been matched
~Ready For Review
Am I really a writer?
Probably not like the ones that contribute to the New York Times or write for prestigious journals. But It the literal sense, because I write I am, therefore, a writer. Nothing more.
When did I first start writing?
- At Georgia State I wrote lots of theory for class.
- I realized in college that I liked expressing myself in papers and in media.
- I worked had many projects that required me to think of something and follow through with it.
Why did I started writing?
- To escape.
- To fill the need to create something meaningful.
- To find value in myself.
- To learn how to express myself.
- To help others see what I am capable of.
Why a Book? You’re a filmmaker!
- films require a sacrifice of creative control within a team-like setting.
- Books allow a much deeper exploration.
- Sometimes it was easy for me to get lost in the ‘form’ of film-making.
- The process was too familiar, and if you don’t spend a lot of time writing, it can be easy to skip over important details that writing forces you to cover.
- I see a book as a movie in its pure form. I see it in my head, so conveying it to a reader is something I think filmmakers should have to do in words before pictures.
What is The Story of Michael?
The Story of Michael is a completely unique story. Which to me means that I don’t care if it fits a genre, I don’t want to be limited by that. It’s not something that has taken a complete form yet. To me it’s an expression. Or an expression of segments of story strung together over several years.
What is The Story of Michael about?
Well I know I don’t want to fit it into a genre, but I will in order to help you understand where I’m coming from. And it will be able to fit a genre when it’s finished, I’m just not in a rush at this point. It is a fantasy, sci-fi, biography about a man named Michael. Starting at Michael’s childhood, we see a child that grows up in a pretty cool world. It’s similar to our world but has it’s differences. The story follows Michael through several serious circumstances that change him and effect the people around him greatly. The story is told, right now, in a series of segments. Like little vignettes of parts of his life.
- Started free-writing.
- Wrote in notebooks and some on computers.
- After a majority of the chapters were written I attempted an outline which was successful in helping me figure out the world, but not so much everything about writing. I just opened doors for more explanation.
- The challenge seemed a lot easier once with an outline. I was able to refer to it and make checklists from it. But also it made everything seem accomplish
Pitfalls and Accomplishments:
- Losing my laptop’s hard drive was uninspiring
- Putting words to my vision is so far the greatest accomplishment
- Writing is therapy
- The goal is to finish not to make headlines
- It’s fun. Allows experimentation
My To-Do List: