Writing that makes me happy: # 14

Antigone: 

Ill soon be there, soon to embrace my own,

the great growing family of our dead

Persephone has received among her ghosts.

Antigone – Sophocles

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Writing that makes me happy: #12

Sentry: Please, may I say a word or two, or just turn and go?

Creon: Can’t you tell? Everything you say offends me.

Sentry: Where does it hurt you, in the ears or in the heart?

Creon: And who are you to pinpoint my displeasure?

Sentry: The culprit grates your feelings, I just annoying your ears.

Antigone – Sophocles

How The Lord of the Rings Soundtrack has helped me as a writer

I owe a lot to The Lord of the Rings Soundtrack, so here’s a shout out to Howard Shore for composing one of the most epic soundtracks ever! There hasn’t been anything I have written in my twenties that hasn’t at some point been written to The Lord of the Rings Soundtrack. That’s a pretty bold claim, but I’ll tell you why.

I always thought I needed dead silence to be able to write or to concentrate – I would say “study” but I have never studied – but I was very wrong. When I moved into a house of ten people at uni, silence was never an option. I love Lord of the Rings and was very fond of The Hobbit book as a child, this fondness followed me into university and LOTR marathons were common place. But I don’t think I realised how much I liked the music until I used it to block out the noise of university halls.

I learnt something very interesting – I like classical music! And I don’t think its lame to say that! The Pirates of the Caribbean and LOTR are my favourite, but more recently I’ve been dabbling in different soundtracks, for instance I’m listening to the Ratatouille soundtrack as I write this, and its pretty great! Classical music allows my brain to enter into a creative state and it acts as a block to whatever distractions are around me.

I never thought that I would be into this kind of music, but that is probably a testament to my previous close mindedness on classical music, as I presumed it was all Beethoven and Mozart. But I realised I was missing out on some pretty cool stuff.

Another bonus to this is that it calms me down. I struggle to get off to sleep sometimes and have periods of anxiety, and calming music helps me to relax and switch off. Bring on more cool things I have overlooked!

Is there anything that you have recently discovered that you love that was rather unexpected?

India x

 

Libraries are underrated

I am really appreciating quiet and reflective spaces of late, which includes my local library. Its always there as a sanctuary when I need to have one, treasuring books and keeping knowledge safe.

I used to love the library when I was little, so many books to choose from, all trying to leap off of the shelf to grab your attention, how could I possibly read them all?

yeovil library

Then when everyone goes through that awkward teenage stage the library is seen as an uncool place, because studying, knowledge and education isn’t part of the cool aesthetic, is it?

Now that I’ve come out of the education system I find myself coming here more and more, and appreciating having it as a place I can go to write. Unassuming, nonjudgemental and most importantly no TV or other distractions! It’s somewhere I can come alone.

I force myself to put my phone out of sight and not connect to their WiFi so the only thing I can have open is Word. It allows me to shake my procrastination and focus on what I need to get done.

And not to mention all the books on every subject in the world. My local library has a whole floor dedicated to theatre and drama, so that is very exciting for me. Long live the library! I hope it never closes.

Do you visit your local library? what’s your favourite place to write?

India x

 

Find the joy in your day

“Find the joy in your day” my mum says to me everyday as I leave for work. She knows I don’t particularly love my job, and I struggle sometimes to see all of the progress that I’ve made so far.

It reminds me to appreciate the small things and actively search for the good on my particularly frustrating or bad days. I wanted to share this little phrase with you to encourage you to find joy in your every day while you are waiting for wonderment.

What’s the joy in your day?

India x

Do you need higher education to be a writer?

Not necessarily, however I don’t think I would be a writer without it.

I was a late bloomer into the world of writing, although it had always been there in some form I suppose, like when I wrote my mum a story about a girl who could talk to starfish when I was 8 – which I should totally try and find by the way, I did drawings and everything.

I finished school and went to college, then I (not very successfully) pursued A-levels and kind of fell out of love with everything. Drama and theatre were my things, and even they didn’t hold a spark. My mum wanted me to go to university although I wasn’t convinced. I went. I dropped out. Then I went again to a different university and started to enjoy drama again, but it was only in the last project of my final year that I realised I could write. And it blew all of my other grades out of the water. This came as a surprise to me as I just thought something would happen and I would form a theatre company or….”I dunno, it’ll happen”.

I hadn’t considered it as a career path before and didn’t really know how to get into it. I forgot about writing until I saw the last call outs for Masters scholarships at my university. I had planned just to live in the city for another year and see what happened. I applied for a scholarship on a whim, after saying I was completely done with education and I wouldn’t do it unless I managed to get funded to do it.

A week later I opened and email that informed me I had been successful in my application, and I was enrolled on the Scriptwriting Masters and that the university were going to cover all of my costs. I was dumbfounded.

Doing a Masters was the most stressful and challenging year of my life, and I absolutely loved every second. I immersed myself in writing and reading and learning and I feel that I changed so much as a person, but the main benefit of doing my Masters is that it gave me direction.

I don’t think I would have realistically known what steps to take, how to format to industry standard and how to approach industry professionals (don’t even get me started on story structure!). But that is my experience, so naturally I am going to be biased towards the way that I fell into writing.

I think it took this level of immersion for me to fully engage in writing, it forced me to research it and really pay attention. For other people that drive and determination might already be lit inside them, they may know someone who is an established writer or they might go to workshops or evening classes. OR they might just write because they love to and they are figuring it out as they go along.

If you’re struggling with the direction you should take or you feel like you would benefit from some mentoring, then considering a course could be an option. But like with everything in life, there is no one way to be a writer, it is your own personal journey and thats the fun of it.

 

What’s the best path to take? Theatre Vs. Film – help!

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to air my thoughts and thought processes at the moment as I need to get it off my chest.

The two mediums I enjoy writing for are theatre and film, my background is primarily in theatre and have only written one film, but I am very confident in the film script I have. I have written a few plays but none of them are polished as of yet and for some reason I can’t bring myself to edit and redraft them.

I’m struggling at the moment to resolved the Theatre Vs. Film debate. Which path do I go down? Do I have to choose at all? Can I do both? Which one do I prioritise?

Do I look for an agent for my film script or do I try my luck entering competitions with the film script? Equally, do I focus on editing and redrafting my plays and sending those off for competitions/to agents?

I think the thing I’m worried about is that if I pick one path to go down it will cut me off from the other one. I think deep down I prefer theatre and know more about theatre, but the script isn’t where I want it to be. Film is exciting and new, and I know the script is good. But where do I go from here?

If any of you guys can offer any advice please do!

India x

Script editing give away!

Hi everyone,

Come to a stand still with your play/film/TV/radio script? Experiencing Writer’s block? Fear not! I am offering up my script editing services for free to a few lucky people!

I’ve been editing scripts for almost two years, including professionally at The Bristol Old Vic and I’m preparing to go freelance as a Script Editor. Exciting!

I love reading new work, whether the story is at its inception or close to being fully polished. Write a comment or send me a message and we can talk about your project.

India x