Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Getting away for the Holiday Weekend

I know, I am long over due for an entry.  I needed a break. I still think I need more of break and then I remember that my time is limited and it is time for me to get myself back in gear. I hit a slump. It happens. I'm not sure what lead me to my recent slump, but I think it has to do with a feeling of stagnation. I haven't felt like my progress needle has been moving forward.

I think I'm over this slumpy period. Last night, I finally worked on a script. It was a revision to a short I've revised at least 20 times, but since I've been reading John Truby's, The Anatomy of Story, I have a deeper appreciation for all the elements that go into making a good story. Writing is simple, but writing good can be complicated, especially if you miss a beat. I feel like some of my stories have missed the beat and then they miss the mark. It felt good to look at my dialogue and analyze my characters actions and motivations. I ended up cutting back on some of my character's dialogue and tried to simplify the language because some of it didn't ring conversational to me.

Now, I need to take this rekindled energy and focus on the specs spcripts and new feature script I was supposed during the month of April an May. It's time for me to get cracking. I'm long over due for some first drafts.

I'm glad that Memorial weekend is approaching. I actually can't wait. My mind and body are in need of a break. Lately, I've been stressed with my lack of progress, wedding details, and life in general. My answer to to the stress is a road trip with my sister Dawn.

Dawn and I are going to head to the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York. It will be nice to get a way and spend time with her. I don't get to see her as much as I would like. We will check out the vineyards, some musuems, and hit up the Waterloo Outlet. I'm going to bring my laptop for some late night writing. I get my best ideas at night. I'm also going to bring a camera to document some of the road trip. I plan to edit the footage for my wild card submission for a host position on Oprah's new Own network. It's a long shot, but I'm all about long shots. 

Have a good weekend and thanks for reading.


John Hodgins said...

I love the Finger Lakes! I went to college in Geneva at Hobart & William Smith on Lake Seneca, and it's amazingly beautiful. I hope you have a brilliant time and recharge your motivation battery (because we know you've got inspiration to spare).

Aaliyah said...


You are such a dear. The Finger Lakes were great. I'm definitely rejuvenated. Time for me to get to work. Can't wait to go back and visit again.