Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Novels, scripts, struggle, podcasts

Ever since Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month challenge - try it next November!), I have been struggling a bit to stay focused on this evolving-novel project; up to 19,000 words, and there are some good ones, if I can be cocky. This motivator helped me set a daily writing goal, which I found very helpful.

Other writing: I write a few poems per week, usually during lunch breaks. I like to get away from my job, walk to the high school football field nearby, and write down some thoughts and observations, trying to match the most powerful, eloquent language to describe whatever it is that I am going for in the poem.

Podcast recommendations: I've been listening to a few regular podcasts and would recommend them - Creative Screenwriting magazine's podcasts (avail. through iTunes for free) and Barbara Demarco-Barrett's Writers on Writing podcast (see also http://penonfire.blogspot.com/ for more).

Polishing up a screenplay I wrote several years ago and received positive feedback on from a few people that work in the film industry. It's a drama centered on divorce -- yes, it's life affirming. Agents and producers, e-mail me and I will send you some pages.

Three courses (four at most) left on my master's degree ... yee ha!

Reading:
Until next time, happy reading and writing,

- Tim

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