I started keeping a journal back in 2012, and wrote several hundred entries between then and now. In life, I think it is interesting and important to capture daily activities and events, feelings and emotions, in order to relive certain scenarios. This can be especially true when trying to create an idea for a story or learn a lesson. Therefore, I have decided to share some of these entries to reflect on them. Back on Saturday January 14, 2012, I wrote:
I read an article today on TheScriptLab.com (http://thescriptlab.com/features/script-tips-applied/1174-live-it-love-it-learn-it-write-it) involving the importance of “genre” when developing a screenplay. Genre is important and it could really affect the path in which a writer can take his/her script. I believe this already, but reading a different perspective on this topic really helps in the decision process. The different genres include:
Action: Action-Comedy, Disaster Film, Girls with Guns, War
Animated: Anime, Adult, Children, Family, Musical
Children: Animal, Animated, Musical
Comedy: Anarchic, Action, Black (Dark), Horror, Dramedy, Pardody/Spoof, Rom-Com, Slapstick
Crime: Mob/Gangsters, Film Noir, Neo-Noir, Crime-Thriller
Drama: Biography, Courtroom, Dramady, Historical, Melodrama, Period Piece, Political, Romance, Tragedy
Epic: Bio-Pic, Historical, War, Religious
Family: Animated, Comedy, Musical
Fantasy: Bangsian, High-Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery
Horror: Comedy, Teen, Monster, Slasher, Supernatural, Zombie
Musical: Animated, Broadway, Family
Mystery/Suspense: Closed-Mystery, Film-Noir, Open-Mystery
Romance: Romantic Comedy, Romantic Drama
Science Fiction: Alien, Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Monsters and Mutants, Time Travel
Sports: Bio-Pic, Comedy, Drama, Family
Supernatural: Comedy, Horror, Religious, Thriller
Thriller: Action, Crime, Film-Noir, Psychological, Sci-Fi, Religious
Western: Contemporary, Revisionist, Spaghetti
The article goes on to say that a writer should write about what he/she is familiar with, rather than exploring areas of uncertainty. For example, the new Spiderman (Turn off the Dark) on Broadway was directed by a Shakespearean / Greek drama women (Julie Taymor) who had been successful in other genres of theatre than Stan Lee’s comic hero genre. This makes clear sense in the basic fact that even though one may be successful in one field of learning doesn’t necessarily he/she can carry that success over into another.
That goes along the same thinking that even though a person may be very smart, does that make him/her a good teacher? No! I have had many professors throughout my extended journey through higher education who obviously had obtained and produced many academic achievements, but could not simply relay that learning to his/her students.
This reality seems to be present in writing as well. Clearly, writing is about experiences and learning new things. It intrigues me, how many experiences professional writers have presented. Education and training are just experiences, in the great scheme of a writer’s journey. In the book I am currently reading (Anybody Can Write), Roberta Jean Bryant says that, as a writer, I need to produce material for a story to grow, and the grammar and punctuation will follow.
These are all aspects that are important, but, oftentimes, hold us back from writing in the first place. I have always wanted to write for entertainment purposes, but through obstacles (dyslexia) I listened to the excuses for not doing so. I have always made excuses for myself and maintained the status quo in my experiences. Demographics for school, work, and the like…friends in the area, family in the area…these have always been reasons (I told myself) for avoiding exploring new things. I’m deathly afraid of taking chances, but looking at where I am now, I really think I need to look for other opportunities. Maybe if I can overcome this fear, I can succeed (for me) in life. I know there are many risks I would be taking, financial restraint, more responsibilities (laundry, insurance, meals). But maybe it would be a new beginning…?
5 years later and still wondering…