Today’s post is for those of you who have asked for easy, non-committal ways to “practice” writing.
Here's an idea:
- Think of a scene from a TV show or a movie that you really like. Got it? Good. Now, *find it online, bust out your DVD collection, or (better yet) prepare to rely on your own memory. It doesn’t matter. Just have it [ || ] paused and ready to go.
- Fire up your word processing program.
- Get ready to type…
- Press [►] play and adapt the scene into written form. Don’t worry about introducing the characters or setting up the series of events that led to that moment. Just immerse yourself and let it flow. Include the dialogue, the atmosphere, the gestures, etc. Whatever you want. (Yes, you’ll need to replay the scene several times to catch everything.) Just don’t turn it into a play-by-play. You want to recreate the magic of whatever hooked you on the scene, not give a report on it.
Great! Now look it over, beam with pride, and torch it. :) People worked hard to write and produce that scene, so your version should never see the light of day. (Not to mention, claiming it as your own would be all kinds of illegal, and nobody looks good in prison orange.) That’s okay, though. Now that you have this practice under your belt, you’re ready to try writing one of your own scenes. (C’mon, you know you’ve got a gazillion original ideas racing through your mind. Let one out!)
You can do it. Best of luck!
*Stream it or purchase/download it legally, por favor.