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May 15th, 2007


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09:53 am - Writing, life, and links
Time for a hodge-podge post. :-)


Which Hereos Character are you?
Your Result: Peter Petrelli
 

A hospice nurse with the ability to absorb other people's powers, Peter is unable to control his powers in the beginning. He has good intentions and only wants to save people from what he might do. He comes to terms with his powers and is able to use them effectively. He has the ability to become the most powerful hero.

Hiro Nakamura
 
Issac Mendez
 
Claire Bennet
 
Niki Sanders
 
Matt Parkman
 
Nathan Petrelli
 
Jessica Sanders
 
Which Hereos Character are you?
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It's pretty great to have a script finished to the point where I can get actual feedback on it. It's even better when the feedback is good stuff--that it wasn't so bad they didn't have much to say, that they didn't tell me to scrap it all. We had a lengthy discussion about my villain's motivations, and about the weird thematic elements (the spec is called "Bluebeard," and if you read fairy/folk tales you know something about it already) which the group agrees need to be drawn out even further.

I'm encouraged. By all of that.

I'm not going to be rewriting it any time soon, though, not with the house and moving and all that. :-) I'll be making a bunch of notes and maybe doing a tentative re-outline to see what I would need to change structurally. That's it for now.

I'm not encouraged by what one of the guys told me: "You wrote this at a feature pace. You've got to be faster if you want to write for TV." Well, duh. It's my first completed script. I don't imagine I'll be hired somewhere this time next year (though I do hope I'll be looking for an agent by then). He suggested I pick shows I don't care that much about and write crappy specs in a set amount of time, to get used to the length. I'm not sure that would help; it's not caring about the show that's the problem, it's caring about everything I work on. And I think I'll just write faster after having more practice.

I am thinking of submitting for this next year. I'd try for this year, because this CSI spec is going to kick butt, but I don't think it'll be ready in time.

The ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship

What do you guys think I'd have to offer in terms of a diverse voice in my writing? Beside being woman, which I would play up for all it's worth.


Official news for my fellow Supernatural friends: SPN is assured a 3rd season. Took them long enough to say so!

Also, everybody needs to go read this post by lydaclunas, on adult virginity. It is clear, candid, and wonderful.
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From:maevebran
Date:May 15th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Yeah for finished script. I need to be able to write faster too. My problem was not having anyone to really talk out the problems with so being on staff and in a room where beats are discussed ahead of time might help. I do think with practice comes speed but I would be leary of writing for something I ddin't care about. Because for me the writting is best and comes the fastest when it is something I'm passionate about. Some story or character bit I just have to get down on paper and share with the world. Otherwise it is like writting a 10 page paper for the class you hated most in college but had to take to get your degree. At least that is how I feel.=)
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 16th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
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My problem was not having anyone to really talk out the problems with so being on staff and in a room where beats are discussed ahead of time might help.

Exactly. I may have a better chance of writing fast with a show like Supernatural, where the structure isn't as tight and I don't have to do loads of researching beforehand. :-)
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From:hystericblue42
Date:May 16th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
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This is what I got:

Which Hereos Character are you?
Your Result: Peter Petrelli
 

A hospice nurse with the ability to absorb other people's powers, Peter is unable to control his powers in the beginning. He has good intentions and only wants to save people from what he might do. He comes to terms with his powers and is able to use them effectively. He has the ability to become the most powerful hero.

Issac Mendez
 
Hiro Nakamura
 
Matt Parkman
 
Jessica Sanders
 
Nathan Petrelli
 
Niki Sanders
 
Claire Bennet
 
Which Hereos Character are you?
Make a Quiz
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From:mistraltoes
Date:May 16th, 2007 09:02 am (UTC)
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I am apparently Matt. I'd like that, but the description of him as being confused wasn't terribly flattering. :-P

And yes, writing faster. ::headdesk:: I am intimately acquainted with that problem, and caring less about the show isn't going to make you care less about doing a good job. The only suggestion I have is that if you trust your ability to revise, then the early drafts don't have to be any good. Not that that's ever helped me, but then, I can't revise. But I'm working on it!
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 16th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Well, NaNoWriMo and other things have begun to teach me to *trust* my ability to revise...and I can, that's my favorite bit, really, revising. But I'm not sure that's what really slows me down. Unfamiliarity with the format is one problem. Also...yes. Not caring about the show isn't going to stop me from fretting if the spec itself is sucky. Still not sure his suggestion will work for me.

I may just have to keep writing and gradually get faster. There may not be a way to "learn" this.

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