So it’s summertime. Anyone who knows me knows what that means. It means every night is a movie night. It means hanging out with friends in random places until the early AM. It means eating all of the food all of the time. It means screaming Ke$ha lyrics at the top of my lungs from an extremely elevated location. Preferably the top of a tree. Like a ninja. Like this guy.
Except for the fact that I am trying to finally finish a first draft this summer, in which case, I will probably look more like this guy.
Except not, because I’m nowhere near as cool as Mr. Rickman here.
This whole “having a goal” thing is pretty much throwing off my summertime groove. Instead of staying up to have yet another Star Wars movie marathon whilst mercilessly mocking George Lucas, I am staying up to write a couple crappy pages per night. I don’t really consider either one a very healthy pastime, but hey, if I’m going to do something at 2 AM, it might as well be semi-productive.
Whatever. I’m young, right? I’ve still got time to do stupid things, right? Not that I’d ever do stupid things… I mean, come on, guys. I’m half-Asian (bad joke).
In other news, I thought I’d share a few quirks with y’all about the logistics of my writing process. Just because… well, I can. Here I go. Warning you now.
- I have to write using a weird font. I just have to. I don’t know why. Using Times New Roman really bums me out… Why use TNR when Monotype Corsiva or freakin’ Edwardian Script is so much curlier?
- I also use 1.5 line spacing. Don’t ask.
- For most of my stories, I keep lists of “inspired by such-and-such book/movie/songs” at the beginning of the Word doc, so I can go back to them when I need a little memory refresher. For Privateer, I have:
Inspired by: To Catch a Pirate by Jade Parker, The Princess of Thieves, Pirates of the Caribbean, “Woman” from The Pirate Queen by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg, Stardust, Elizabeth, The Count of Monte Cristo
- I usually try to outline my longer projects, and then I usually end up chucking it. I outlined Privateer very briefly when I first came up with the idea, but I’ve changed/added so many things that I’ve completely lost track of my skeleton outline. I can’t ever seem to follow my original plan; I get carried away. This is why screenwriting might be a bad idea for me.
- I make very very very very very very extensive writing playlists, filled with hours of music specific to the project I’m currently working on.
- I change my desktop background to somewhat match the scene that I’m working on, or to inspire me to write a scene that includes something in the picture. This past year, my roommate noticed this and used to comment on how my laptop’s desktop wallpaper never stays the same for more than a few days.
- I sometimes have pictures of certain actors or models or the people I base my characters on opened next to the Word doc when I write, because I am a very visual person. In case you didn’t get that from #6.
- I often write scenes out of order. Way out of order. Like I probably won’t use one that I wrote a few weeks ago for another half a year, if I use it at all.
- I purposely use literary devices wherever possible, because I am an English major and I just can’t help myself.
- I frequently take screenshots of stupid sentences that I’ve somehow managed to construct and save them for later, when I need to lighten up. Exhibit A:
- I have to turn off my Wi-Fi connection when I write, otherwise, I will somehow always come back to Facebook. Even if I’m just researching. Yes, it’s actually that bad.
Enough facts for you? Me, too. Lists make me tired. That’s why I make them constantly. Because that makes perfect sense.