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OK I'll start... [Jan. 31st, 2005|11:32 am]
"Truth leaps out of dark corners"

outofshadow
I just recently took a leap of faith and moved to Hollywood from Canada. Right now I am feeling rather overwhelmed by the whole Hollywood world and wondering if I'm ever gonna be good enough. It seems like no matter how much I improve I'm never good enough. I feel stuck.

Nevertheless, I'm working on several scripts. As always I am prepping & editing my series, which is the big dream to sell and produce. I'm also working on a kaufman style (sorta) dramedy, a supernatural thriller, and now a teen novel that surprised me by jumping into my brain. I'm always writing, while trying to figure out if the dream is impossible or just really difficult to achieve. I guess it must not be impossible because clearly with all the films being made and books being published, some people's dreams do come true, but it's daunting being in this situation--not feeling like I can go home-- and not knowing how I can stay in the long term if I don't sell something.

So my goals for today are to finish act 2 of the dramedy, and write lyrics for the sexy song in the re-write of the thriller I have been working on for over a year with one of my writing partners (which I do realize I didn't mention above).
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Deep Thought [Jan. 31st, 2005|11:28 am]
"Truth leaps out of dark corners"

outofshadow
If you want to be a writer. Write. Don't talk around or about it...write. I know that's a bit of a 'duh' statement, I've just been around several people of late who enjoy saying 'I'm a writer' when they're not.

On a different note: I know there are several people who have joined this group in the last few months. The only way it's gonna work is if we actually talk to eachother. So tell us where you're at...your passions, your dreams, what you're working on. If there's anything we can do to help. Whatever. Please post something...
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Extroverted Introversion [Dec. 26th, 2004|01:11 pm]
"Truth leaps out of dark corners"

outofshadow
[mood |soresore]
[music |Dancing with Myself - Billy Idol]

Something to ponder:

Weeks go by and I can't seem to get any writing done, well nothing I consider really worthwhile progress, but then my best friend, a fellow writer, comes to visit and after talking to her I get riled up, excited again, feeling like I can conquer the world...and I write like crazy. When she's gone I slowly start to slump again. Then on Christmas day I talk to another friend, also a writer. I read her newest script and I get giddy. Inspired. I write 7 pages...huh. There's a pattern here.

Community and discussion greatly helps the writer leap from the black space to ink or type on a page. I think it's good for writers to banter, because it fuels the brain, sparks passion...at least, that's how it seems to be for me.

I love my alone time, in fact I NEED my creative bubble, but I also crave personal interaction and I can't write unless I exist IN the world, not just a huddled corner of secluded thought. Great stories must be relevant and drawn from real life. What a better way to draw from life than to live it and to interact with the people that make life worth living gloriously?

Hmm. That can be said for other things too, like Christians. But that's another topic...
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(no subject) [Dec. 22nd, 2004|09:52 am]
"Truth leaps out of dark corners"

outofshadow
If you haven't already, please feel free to introduce yourself, what you like to write, what you'd hope to get from this group, etc. Whatever you want! Post away...
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Interesting fodder for discussion... [Dec. 20th, 2004|07:42 pm]
"Truth leaps out of dark corners"

outofshadow
[music |Daring Daylight Escape - Caedmon's Call]

A friend of a friend sent this to me and I found it interesting:

Go to SpaceCast.com and click on the bit about "banned books." It's people like those fundamentalists mentioned in this mini doc. that make me feel the necessity to shed the 'Christian' label. My favourite bit is Gaiman's ending statement -- "you can tell true things by lying."

Comments? Thoughts? Opinions?
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Fan fiction writing [Dec. 19th, 2004|09:58 pm]
"Truth leaps out of dark corners"

outofshadow
izhilzha brings up a good point; I'm all for honing language skill in whatever means works for each person. If you love to write fanfic, then by all means write fanfic. As far as I'm concerned, as long as you are spending time in your own creative space as well as those pre-concieved confines, it's all good. Fanfic doesn't do much for me, but if it does for you...great! :)
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"Write only what you cannot stand not to write...." [Dec. 19th, 2004|09:13 pm]
"Truth leaps out of dark corners"

izhilzha
I adopted the above as one of my writing mottos about 2 years ago (many thanks to kerravonsen for the gem of wisdom)--the hardest thing for me is choosing which story to tell, which truth to explore right now.

That's especially true since I work 40 hours a week to support my writing habit, and have limited time in which to finish long projects (for instance, I currently have 3 screenplays in various stages of writing). One way of solving my problem has been by writing fan fiction. Working within the pre-existing boundaries of a TV show or series of books has become one of my main exercises to hone my skill with language. Not only that, but the stories tend to be short, to the point, and a great way to communicate bits of the truth I see to an audience I know will read it.

For any writer, that sense of having touched someone else through one's own words is second only to the thrill of sub-creation itself.

I'm looking forward to sharing my continuing journey in writing--the practical, the emotional, the spiritual--with you all.

"Man, Sub-Creator, the refracted light/In whom is splintered from a single White/ To many hues, and endlessly combined/In living shapes that move from mind to mind."
--J.R.R. Tolkien
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Introduction from the Moderator [Dec. 19th, 2004|08:07 pm]
"Truth leaps out of dark corners"

outofshadow
To begin with, this is a place to be honest. So let me be honest:

I am a Follower of Jesus Christ. Though often, out of habit, I give into the temptation to use the word 'Christian,' I am reminded constantly of the stupidity and heresy of people who claim that name. Instead I want simply acknowledge that in all my ways I seek to give glory to the amazing person that was and is Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus was a phenomenal storyteller, and I as a creative person seek to emulate the beauty and simplicity of his communication style. Of course, seeing as I am a woman living in the 21st century, my perspective is different, but nonetheless I do seek to tell honest stories that speak of truth in a world that has lost much of its conception of truth. Thus sprung this community.

I know there are others like me, whether or not believers in this Jesus, who write out of a need to create something real, tangible, unique, and universal. Something which honors the human spirit and the human struggle to be more and better souls.

All are welcome here, no matter what beliefs you hold, and I hope this will be a safe place to discuss what it means to write with truth, honesty, and integrity, as well as to aid in the progress of our stories as we seek after that much dreamt about station of 'professional' writer.

For now I leave you with this great quote:

"This above all-- ask yourself in the stillest hour of night: Must I write? Delve into yourself for a deep answer. And if this should be affirmative, if you may meet this earnest question with an honest and simple, "I must," then build your life according to this necessity; your life even in its most indifferent and slightest hour must be a sign of this urge and testimony to it." - Rilke

Come. Dream. Write.
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