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Writing Exercises

This blog will discuss different ideas I brainstormed in hope to- well… brainstorm. 

I thought about writing both the actual thesis-screenplay while simultaneously doing research. Oy. Doable? Absolutely. Still, oy.

Thinking about this process, as a whole, is extremely overwhelming. Whenever I have big projects that need to be completed, I like to start small. I like to chip away at the bigger picture with a bunch of smaller ones. One at a time. I now have a couple exercises to keep that wheel turning, or the ball rolling, or whatever.

At the end of the day, writing (at least for me) is like running. I can’t run a marathon without training and exercising. Since I enjoy working out as much as I love writing, these exercises have actual exercise names. Because, hey, why not?

Exercise 1: The Sprint

Just like on the treadmill. I’ll start small, and work my way up. However, unlike the treadmill, I won’t start sprinting for two minutes straight. This is what I plan to do in this exercise. I want pick a place or character or theme for the pilot, and just write for two minutes straight. The first few rounds don’t have to be on topic. My pen just isn’t allowed to stop. (I should say, I think it’s better to use pen and paper for this. I tend to stop a lot when I type, and proofread after every sentence. Pen and paper, not so much. I guess that’s part of the magic.) Eventually I’d like to build up to 20 or 30 minutes straight while remaining on topic. The on topic part I imagine will be a little tough. One thing always leads to another and another and another. I’ll be sure to ice after this one…

Exercise 2: Stations

Similar to the treadmill, this exercise will be timed. However, instead of switching from pushups to squats, I’ll switch from character to character to location to time zone etc. I think I will start smaller with these. My improv skills may prove most effective here. I will just write down whatever comes to mind. I’m sure not everything will work. In fact, some of it may seem just right outlandish. After I go through the stations I set up, I plan to look back at my results. I suppose my next statement will serve as a hypothesis for this: I imagine that some of the things I write down will seem normal to me at the time. However when I look back, I imagine I will begin to notice my immediate responses to certain characteristics to different cultures might be ignorant, sound uncultured or unworldly. I don’t usually find myself in this place, but kind of how some people experience foot in mouth moments. I’m nervous to see the results, but it’s all part of the process. I think I’ve come to the realization that I need to grow together with my thesis.

I’ll be sure to type up my results with reflections for blog posts.