Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Insecure Writer's Support Group #8

It's time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group again. You can sign up here. This time it's co-hosted by Susan Baury Rouchard, Nancy Gideon, Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Hawes, Chemist Ken and Chrys Fey.

This been a good month.

I started putting articles on Medium, the documentary I was working on was released, I wrote an article about Aliens comics, another about the pilot episodes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series and I'm halfway through a novel pitch I'm really enjoying writing.

Time is still a pressure, but as lockdown has eased, I have been able to gain some writing time.

This month's (optional) question:
Quote: "Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don't write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be."

Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn't planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?

I have set out to write a comedy sketch and written something far more serious. That sounds like I wrote something and it just wasn't funny so I tried to pass it off as tragedy instead, which isn't true, but might account for a lot of the scripts I've read.

I've tried to write first person and accidentally slipped into third. I love reading things in the first person, but writing them doesn't come naturally to me. It should be easy, but the best examples of the style use subtext in a way to tell the reader what other characters beside our protagonist are thinking and feeling without telling us what other characters beside our protagonist are thinking and feeling. It sounds so much easier than it is.

I wrote some gags for a wedding speech that I'm hoping to use somewhere else down the line.


joylene said...

I once tried to write something funny and it came off as serious. I found that to be a good thing. Writing funny isn't me, for whatever reason. It's okay. Ends up I'm writing my truth. Good post, Dave. Thanks.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You'll be the hit of the wedding.
Writing in first person would feel so unnatural for me as well.

Shannon Lawrence said...

I've written in first person, but tend to prefer third for horror unless there's a reason to be in the main character's head instead.

Damyanti said...

Oh I hope to get to read the wedding speach gags soon.