Inspired Journal

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I called it quits with daily journals awhile back ago. But my friend Ruben reminded me how important such journals are. I knew that people read them, but I didn’t think anyone was truly inspired by them. It’s not that I believed my writing was horrid or anything. I just didn’t think they carried much significance past my own little realm. So, with much thought, I figured I’d start writing journals again. I won’t number them because there might be days where I don’t write any. I hope to gain something that I had lost somewhere along the way. But in the mean time, I hope I inspire some of you.

Topic: Why do you write?
I write because it makes me happy; it brings me clarity. There is a peace of mind that comes from writing as well. I can write and essay and feel as though my thoughts are focused. I can scribble a poem and feel as though my mind has met something entirely abstract but nonetheless exciting. Writing is a way of being for me. To write is to breathe, and to breathe is to be able to write. I love to write screenplays if an idea comes to mind, and I like to write poems whenever inspiration strikes. Sometimes I have to force myself to wrire, but sometimes I have to force myself to stop. Today is one of those days.

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Journal #58 – Books for Inspiration

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Topic: What are some books that inspire you, and why?

Day 2 – Also an incredibly late journal.

I haven’t read as many books this past year as I had in my years prior. My time is usually divided and all over the place.

But there are so many books that I can list! I won’t though; I will name a few that I feel as though I should highlight.

While Goodkind’s book series is my favorite of all time, it isn’t one I would say right off the bat inspires me. I love his storyline, but I don’t draw out too much of my inspiration to write from his genre of writing.

Tolstoy is a big one. Anna Karenina and Resurrection are two books that gave me a new outlook on tragedy and love. Whenever I write a poem about some form of tragedy, I can’t help but think of some of Tolstoy’s works.

And then there’s Shakespeare. I feel like everyone can reference at least one play. For me, it would have to be The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar. I’ve read a few others too, but these stand out to me the most. Hamlet and Macbeth are my favorites. The twists and the realness of death and cost of betrayal is so wonderfully portrayed in these plays. Inspiration can easily be found in them.

Then there’s Orwell. I love 1984 and Shooting an Elephant. Shooting and Elephant trumps the others though. That one touched my heartstrings. I never looked onto a piece of writing with so much new insight and revelations had right after reading it. Technically, it’s not a book, but there’s no way I cannot add it to this list. The expectations of society have never been so rightly expressed than how they were in this essay.

I can say Catcher in the Rye, The Alchemist, Childhood’s End, Lord of the Flies, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Annabelle (Poe), Animal Farm, and so on, but there’s too many books out there for me to discuss.

Journal #57 – Quotes that Inspire Me

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Topic: What are some quotes that inspire you, and why?

Day 1 – Late journal.

There are so many quotes out there that inspire me, but I’ll narrow it down to my top five at the moment.

“I am who I am, no more and no less.” – Terry Goodkind throughout the Sword of Truth book series. There are so many great quotes by him, but this is definitely one that stuck with me. I really applied to my own state of mind. I am who I am, I shouldn’t try to be something that I’m not or act like someone else. I am who I am, with nothing more and nothing less than that of which I already wholesomely am.

“Confession is not betrayal. What you say or do doesn’t matter; only feelings matter. If they could make me stop loving you-that would be the real betrayal.” “Ignorance is bliss.” “Under the spreading chestnut tree, I sold you and you sold me. There lie they, and here lie we. Under the spreading chestnut tree.” – Orwell, 1984. I fist read 1984 back in middle school I believe, and then again a few years ago. All of these quotes have really stayed with me over the years. There is so much truth behind these words, it’s hard to pick my favorite out of the three.

“There’s a darkness in the world, and that sometimes we know that our only real purpose is just to bear witness to it so that no one else has to.” – Tyler Dilts, A Cold and Broken Hallelujah. When I first starting reading this book, I didn’t think I’d like it. But the further into the book I got, the more I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. This quote speaks volumes to me, especially since I’m considering what it truly means for someone who goes into law enforcement.

The Thing About Writing a Screenplay

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     Action, heading, character, dialogue. Interior or exterior, location, and objects used. These things hardy bother me when I’m trying to write a screenplay. What really truly bothers me is trying to make my new idea into something feasible. My last screenplay required a fake car accident and a huge mural. And I mean huge.

     Deep down in my bones, I know that screenplay would have been amazing. I can feel it But I have to take reality into account, and that breaks apart a solid amount of my screenplay ideas.

    But writing screenplays is my thing; I can sit down any day with a pen in one hand and a notebook in the other, and simply write down screenplay ideas. Romance, thriller, non-fiction? You got it; I’m you’re girl. And Olivia is the one who is great with bouncing ideas around with. Pedro was pretty cinematic as well. He knew how to set up a good image, and how to get the right angles.

    And then there’s editing. I loathe editing if it requires a lot of audio. That’s practically every video though. I was hoping this summer would be the summer of making videos, but maybe it won’t be. I need to shell out some easy-to-film screenplays and fast. I just need a burst of inspiration.