Inside A Writer’s mind: Part One of Three Series

An experience that writer’s can relate to, and hopefully encourages them. This is also for people who may not understand writers, This is part one of three series.

This is part one of a three-part series of a writer’s mind. The mind, in general, is fascinating, because the mind works nonstop, and it shapes up who we are as individuals. The past day led me to this series. I was exhausted yesterday and last night since it was a very hot day, and it takes a lot out of me. I thought I was okay to go to sleep, but my mind had other plans for me.

While I was sleep, I want to say three hours not even went by, and I woke up. I thought it was early morning, but I was freaked out since it was dark. I was trying to comprehend how it is so dark early morning. It was only two in the morning. An idea came to me in the form of a dream, and I wrote that idea down. After I was done with that, I got up and got myself a cup of ice water. The ideas were for an existing script, as well as a new idea for a new script in one night.

I did my exercise of dissecting the plot and doing what I call “Writer’s surgery”, which is putting the pieces together to see where it all fits.  I knew it was a great idea, it was clearly jumbled in some areas. These exercises help me keep my mind going, and it helps me stay fresh with all ideas current and new. I eventually fell asleep. It wasn’t the end of it though. I kept thinking about it and referring to it.

The writer’s mind never stops working, and each writer has a unique mind that works in a million different ways.  That whole night it was like I was trying to put the pieces together to make it into a legitimate story rather than a jumbled idea. It became clearer when I woke up. That all came to me in one night. I am a little exhausted from all of it, even after sleep.

You may feel tired even after having a normal sleep schedule. This may not happen every night (or maybe it does for you), but it is not a burden. It is a gift, a special gift that makes the writing experience fun. The fact my mind and so many writers mind can come up with something twenty-four hours a day is nothing short of amazing.

The next time a person ridicules a writer or even yourself for what you do, just remember you have a mind that only a few can truly understand. Utilize it any way possible, it certainly beats sitting in front of a screen and trying to brainstorm ideas all the time. This is only the beginning, stay tuned for part two of the writer’s mind as I share more experiences for writers and everyone to see, stay tuned.

How Twitter Made me a Better Writer

Social Media is generally frowned upon, and can be seen as a negative thing. To me, it was positive. Here is my story.

I was a sporadic Twitter user in the past. I came back in November, and since then it has helped me as a writer. I have been able to see experiences from close friends, and new friends. Networking is a powerful thing when gathering around like-minded individuals, and being able to see writers, independent actors, and workers of the entertainment field succeed. Some people may see it as a small deal, but it is a big deal and has helped me in a major way since coming back on Twitter. Twitter can help you propel to the next level when gathering with people who motivate and bring out the best in you.

There are so many names that come to mind. Stephanie Andujar who you probably remember from the movie Precious or as the Young Miss Rosa from the hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black. She is an actress who is down to Earth and her knowledge, kindness, friendship has meant more than anything. The journey and seeing projects that she is involved in is always nothing short of awesome and inspirational.

The same case for Nadine Marissa who is part of the hit show Walking Dead who has helped in ways that have only made me better, from tips to just general life advice. AdELA who is a hip-hop artist has proven what love and compassion can do. Nadine and AdELA both since connecting with them on Twitter have been the ones to help and be a support. They all have been an example of the two H’s, hard work, and humility. They have helped develop who I am, and what it truly means to do what you love to do.

There are many people who I already knew prior to Twitter such as Barbi Hayden, Kacee Carlisle, Brittany Wonder, and Kikyo who have been amazing support as always, and if it wasn’t for them, none of what I do today would be possible. Their continuous love and support are what kept me going even during the worse times. On Twitter, they have continued to be a support, and amazing friends despite their busy schedule, and been the greatest friends a person can ask for.

That brings me to a person prior to Twitter who is my best friend Shayla Hyde. Who is also a wrestler just like Barbi, Kacee, Brittany, and Kikyo. She has done everything to emotionally prepare me for every step in my life. For that, I am truly grateful. She has been there prior to college, and like the ones mentioned, way before I ever came back to Twitter. The support kept going, and everything that she accomplished up to this point has motivated me to do better.

There are many Twitter followers and people I have come across on Twitter from Brooke Hogan to Tamara Torres from Orange is the New Black. All of them that have been part of this journey, I am grateful for. Every one of them, and all the future ones that will join the journey later. Twitter has negativity and some bad news that people may like to avoid, but the truth is it can also bring out the best in people when they network. Let Twitter bring out the best in you, instead of letting the worse bring you down.

 

I’m a Writer…Take It….or Leave It

One of the hardest challenges for Writers ….love life…support from a significant other….It is more challenging than most realize.

While writing my script yesterday, I felt happy, but along the way, I had to take a break. The acceptance of me being a writer was very easy for my parents. Originally, I had interests in finances like my mom and computers like my dad. Those were legitimate interests, and I thought it would break their hearts that I picked my own path.

I was scared for years after making the decision to finally go to a University for screenwriting. They accepted it, and they were excited because they knew what I can do after reading lots of my work from school, and the material I did in my free time. I am grateful that they support me in every aspect. The tricky part is when it comes to relationships though. Lots of time go into screenwriting, and the trickiest thing is will the person you are with truly understand?

The reason this is a big question is because of the past women I have been with, one hated the fact I was going to college when I first started. She tried everything to make sure it didn’t happen. Even going as far as comparing pay figures and trying to say I would not be supplying enough for her. She and I broke up not long after I started college years ago.

I was with another woman, she was not content with me writing, and wanted me to do a front desk job because it was “normal”. She wanted as much money as possible and said she would only support me if it was able to “fill up my bank account”. She and I broke up not long after. I was with another who didn’t like the schedule that came with writing, and well you get the point, her and I didn’t last long.

Support is a big thing, and it goes a long way. Some may say “well it doesn’t matter as long as you are doing it”, that statement is right and wrong. There are times when you are writing and grooming your piece, you run into a roadblock and get discouraged. While most of the time you can shake yourself out of it, it’s always nice to have more people in your corner.

That is everything to us, and it counts double for the person we are dating. Since then obviously, I have hesitated when it comes to dating because the support has never been there in the past when I do. I know many can relate to this one way or another. It’s hard to do all you can with something you love as special as writing and do not have that support from your significant other.

If you have that support that is amazing and don’t change it, even during the hard times. There are writers like myself who wish they have that love and support from a significant other. If your significant other is a writer as well, you are in the best situation possible.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything being a writer, and no one should ever have to bargain that aspect ever. We are writers and people can take it or leave it.