Saturday seems to roll around quicker and quicker. I've noticed my days all sort of merging into one recently. Its very rare that I actually get time to myself. Most of the time, I'm writing, I'm doing uni work, working Yahska or reading. You could say that I get plenty of time to myself, like when I sit down and read. But it is not really for pleasure anymore. That's they thing with my course. It sucks the life out of reading for pleasure. I read because I have to.
I should start off by saying that the title of this blog is one by the television show, Supernatural. I love this quote.
I can relate to it as a writer, especially in some of my modules at university. As I am studying Creative Writing, well, there is a lot of writing involved as you might expect! From time to time, we are given prompts and have to free write for fifteen or twenty minutes. Usually when I get from lectures, I type these stories up, making changes as I go. Then, I will leave it for a few hours or days and return to it. I’ll print it off, I might send it to a few people on my course to get their opinion. But I will edit it myself by hand, line by line. I will often get this done before the next lecture as we often workshop work in groups so we all get feedback on our writing. I will only be happy with e piece of writing, be it 500 words or 2,000, when someone else has seen it, liked it and critiqued it.
After all, there is only so much editing and drafting you can do one apiece of writing before it changes completely.
I believe that as a writer, we should be free to write anything we want as long as it interests us. Of course we can't always as the circumstances may limit what we can write about. For example if we are writing a piece that has to have a particular theme or genre.
One of the pieces I wrote, Ice, had to be tailored to fit a particular theme. I had already submitted this piece as part of one of my uni assessments so I knew it well. I had to adapt it a little in order for the piece to fully fit the criteria of the competition. I didn't mind this as I think it made the piece better than it was before.
That's the thing about being a writer. You can write whatever you want, whatever suits you at the time. But you need to be adaptable, you need to know different techniques and writing styles. You need to be able to go from writing a 10,000 word crime story to writing a 500 word romantic story. You need to be able to get the tone of the piece right in order for it to be believable and for the reader to keep reading.
It literally feels like I'm writing a process analysis.
(For those who don't know, a process analysis is something I have to do as part of my assessments at uni. It's basically a reflective piece commenting on my writing and what I can do better. It's all very boring, I can assure you.)
I enjoy adapting my writing. At the moment, I'm currently taking a Writing for Radio module and loving every second of it. We have to learn the techniques of writing specifically for radio as it's much harder to get what's happening across to the audience. You can't use images, it all relies on the sounds, the dialogue.
We’re covering how to write a news bulletin, so things like how long a segment of news has to be. It mostly consists of short, sharp sentences that can be digested easily by the audience. It can only contain the important facts, the 5 Ws. (The where, who, what, when and how.) This sort of thing may not be everyone, but I’m really enjoying it.
Similar to this, I took a Writing for Screen module last year, (the script I submitted can be found here) Once more, I loved this module. It was so much fun learning how to format and script and making it look professional. We only had fifteen minutes to play with, so the plot had to be fairly simple. But we could write about anything we wanted to. One of the first short films I saw was presented to us in class. The film is called The Gunfighter. I love this short film, it never fails to make me laugh. Although I did not take inspiration from it, I respect it as it’s a brilliant piece of screenwriting.
Back to the title of the piece now I've successfully rambled on about my modules at uni. I will always write because I want to. I will write whatever I want, well within reason. I'll write what interests me most. And if someone doesn't like it, that doesn't mean no one will. If someone doesn't like my writing style on a particular piece, go read something else I've done, I might surprise you. We're only on this plant for a limited time. Enjoy it whilst you can and do whatever you want. Don't let anyone stop you. Unless it's illegal. Then definitely let someone stop you.
I'll end with this quote,
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – Gandalf in The Fellowship of the Ring, The Shadow of the Past.
Until the next time.