Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My Post about last class

First of all, I would like to open this post up with a question. Last class we started writing short scenes with the six lines we acted out during class. For me, put on the spot to write 8 lines, a task that is seemingly pretty simple, I found myself totally scattered brained. I mean, I must have scratched out six different ideas in the time she gave us and barely got one off the ground. My question is, did this happen to anyone else or am I alone here?

I am asking because from the sounds of those who read you seemed you accomplished a lot, and almost everybody looked as though they were working diligently. So what how do you all write like that? I mean how do you just jump in and commit to an idea? Any tips? Because honestly, it takes me so much thinking before I finally commit so any advice I would greatly appreciate.
Over what we worked on last class, I really felt that putting plays in a page was an eye opening experience personally. I am sure it doesn't apply to everyone but to me the idea of completing a full story of play seems like such a production. When we broke it down it helped me see that in actuality. Writing a play is just the same as telling a quick story.

I mean if you can think of legitimate problem and someway of resolving it for better or worse you essentially have a play. That easy! lol So that was definitely the part of last class that stands out most to me!


  1. Actually, I just sat there with the pencil in my mouth and wondered about what to write for about two minutes before I started when I remembered there was a time limit.

    I don't there's any shame in not knowing what to write. The truth is, I tend to wonder what people are doing when they start writing instantly when they are told to. This happenned a lot in high school when I had to do some of those bizarre essays: people would just cut off a finger to bleed on the page, and I'd really feel silly just thinking about it.

    I think the only thing to really be concerned is what you're waiting for when you're not writing. You can't wait for the perfect idea, of course - all I wait for is some idea of a place to go after the first line. This is why, rather than using the six entrances that were performed in class as a beginning, I used it as an idea of where to go and simply provided context.

    I say don't worry about having to think for a moment. Thinking creates writing. Writing is good.

  2. i know exactly how you feel. this is a reason why i have so few poems written, cuz i can't seem to commit to an idea, or think of like...a line, but anything else just seems like bullocks.
    i went through three different ideas in class before i kept writing on one of them and the way i saw it was we just had to write 8 lines. they didnt have to be any good. they didnt even really have to make sense. and really, when i started writing i wasnt sure where it was headed. but this is why we revise and edit. my advice: just write. you can always go back and change things, but just put things on the page and go SOMEWHERE.
    and in all honesty, the scene in no way resembles what i wrote in class, so again, you can always change things later.