This blog will discuss my first go around trying the sprint exercise.
Below is my first attempt at fulfilling one of the exercises from my last blog. Everything written is almost verbatim (with the exception of a few misspellings) from my hand written journal. I will leave all of my comments below my attempt.
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I decided to start with a character first. I am focusing specifically on and African American character in the pilot. I think the idea I have now for his background story (that will slowly be revealed over time) is for him to be adopted by a Hispanic family. I plan for him to have all of the cultures and background of this Hispanic family. After I thought about it a little, I was trying to think of why exactly he would be adopted. Like maybe it could be because of bad parenting, or maybe it could be due to a natural disaster like something happened and killed his parents. He could be found by this hispanic family (though this style a little fairy tale to me). I was also thinking it could be because of violence from one of the parents. Maybe one of the parents is an abusive and angry alcoholic or maybe one parent is involved in a gang. Well, now that I think about it, if one parent was involved, then both would probably be. So, maybe that won’t work.
But as far as his characteristics, I want this person to be a male (I’m pretty sure). He will be able to fully speak Spanish. I also (this is a side note) haven’t decided where exactly his culture is from. One thing I’m certain of – well, as of now – is that I want him to be Latino as well as Hispanic. I want some of his clothes to represent the soccer team from his family. Soccer will be this character’s escape from reality.
He will become so immersed in the game that most of his surroundings will disappear. His worries too. If conflict is big enough to effect his soccer concentration, then this character has a huge problem on his hands. Because that means his outer conflict has become his inner conflict and will slowly start to eat at him.
I also want him to have a small value of faith. I think his family will have a much stronger faith due to the fact that it’s been a huge part of their culture. For this character though, he allows the idea of his parents leaving him to halt his relationship with God and at many times despises God for it.
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Originally, I started with the idea of only writing for two minutes. I owned this. I just kept adding and adding time until a reached 15 minutes of nonstop writing. I guess I didn’t give myself enough credit. This was fairly easy. Next time I will shoot for 20 minutes and go from there.
Regarding the content, I think I found myself predicting too much. After I look back on all of it, I see that I have some preconceived notions. For example I immediately go for a love of soccer and a faith. Although I have seen these characteristics active in hispanic countries, and friends from my undergrad program, I notice that I don’t select a specific area. I feel like I’m assuming. I will state that I don’t have this feeling when I am initially writing this. In fact, I may be overanalyzing, as I tend to do. These are my post-writing thoughts. They can change over time when I look back at this again. They can not. Either way, I think it’s worth noting.