When you have unlimited options it can be difficult on deciding where to place your mental focus is difficult. That’s what I’m struggling with at the moment. I have nearly unlimited time and part of my attempt to establish myself as a writer (or find an outlet who will pay me) and this not as great as I thought it would be. I feel like I should be applying for every contest, every tiny freelance job and writing across a broad spectrum so I can make myself employable.
However, I’m starting to realise that this is detrimental. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about writing and not much time actually writing. There’s nothing wrong with focusing on particular areas, and I’m finding out that’s how my voice is coming through. Which shouldn’t be a surprise but it’s confirming what I’ve studied.
On reflection I may have been too harsh on The Evil Within. I am not the biggest fan of the survival horror genre, and I expect there will be plenty of people who role their eyes in the same derisive way with some of the games I’ll eventually develop.
Okay, The Evil Within. Another entry into the gore filled survival horror genre of gaming. Weird and creepy creature? Check. Copious amounts of blood splattered all around the sets? Check. Things that jump out and shock you? Check. Screechy violins and a sound design that offers nothing novel in its attempt to create ‘atmosphere’? Check.
And why is that man making his own barbed wire? Surely he can just pop down to the local hardware or agricultural store and buy some?
Maybe I’m being too harsh and there is an innovative concept behind the game. Happy to be proven wrong.
(not that I’ll be playing it anyway, my overactive imagination has put the kybosh on that).
edited to add: oh gee, it’s set in a Gothic style asylum! Can this game get any more stereotypical? And don’t get me started on the characters!
A short clip of #bioshockinfininte that illustrates my love for the detail that’s included. These guys are just hanging out in Battlefield Bay.
All study stuff has been pushed to the side! The puzzle now takes priority! #uni #complete
Lunch! #brainfood #uni
Yeah! #jigsawpuzzle #postunifun
So we have a Saints Row IV trailer.
I’ve just finished Saints Row 3 (yeah, late to the party) so I’m interested to see how IV plays out, but there are a couple of small things in this trailer that are getting me down.
One of the things I love about SR is that you can completely customise the leader, right down to gender. But it is still so frustrating to see the leader of the Saints constantly promoted as a man! I know that publishers have trouble wrapping their heads around female fronted games, but the one part of this trailer that really gets to me is the written phrases that flash up and the direct reference to the leader being male. It would have been so easy to write ‘with a style of their own’ instead of ‘with a style of his own’. So, so easy.
But I’ll wait and see what they do for the next trailer. Hopefully they include some more of the gang (and Shaundi had better have officially made it through into this one, I love my tough girl!).
Are you considering a blog as a tool to keep you writing every day?
One of the most important and occasionally overlooked parts of writing is the editing process.
Personally, I’m terrible at developing daily habits (except ones involving coffee) and, previously, had near visceral aversions to reading what I’ve written. I was always concerned that the first words I put to paper in any draft should be AH-MAHZING*, and had little concern for the editing process. So I would inevitably end up mulling over how to frame a sentence in my mind before I would even begin to type. While this is a great skill to have when you leave university assignments until the last minute, it isn’t useful when you are working on personal, time-unlimited projects.
Take your focus off writing words down. That’s the easy part of writing. The art comes in the editing.
So I propose this simple three-part solution if you freeze up when the time comes time for put fingers to keys.**
1) Write it out. Everything you want to say. Then read it over once, do a little tidy and save your entry as a draft.
2) Come back the next day and repeat step 1, but with a new piece.
3) Then return to your piece from the previous day and revise, revise, revise! Hopefully you won’t need to do it three times, but one detailed revision for a simple blog post with fresh eyes should allow you to take out any words and phrases that are simply dead weight. Then, with a bit more confidence, hit ‘post’!
It should be that easy. In the meantime, Google ’ “your favourite writer” revising’ to see how many times the pros will edit their works. I love Hemingway and he rewrote the last page of Farewell to Arms thirty-nine times! One page! Thirty-nine times!
* In the style of Penny Hartz. Yes, I have been watching a lot of Happy Endings recently.
** A modern day twist on ‘pen to paper’. All credit to @illuminadora, please.
sometime i wonder
how other people survive.
to wake, to walk
throughout the day
without their doubts
that for me
what meaning is there to my words,
what importance, what gravitas?
true narcissistic indulgence.
this passion for words
must be ignored.
for if passion is a fire
mine burns too hot,
to the point of immobility.
if the pen is mightier then the sword
my fear of it makes sense.
New toys from yesterday #bioshockinfininte #xmen #crossover
Last day! #uni #countdown
I need to remember to keep up with this #uni #countdown
So I came home from school to see my 7 year old sister putting skittles with my antidepressants, I went up to her and asked “Hey what you doing?” She looked at me, smiled and said “Skittles make me happy so I put them with your medicine that makes you happy so you can be extra happy.” That was the cutest thing i’ve ever heard.
omfg that is adorable
Sometimes the “stuff they say to depressed people” is really sweet
I will ALWAYS reblog this… I love it so much and it makes me smile every time… SO adorable <3