Wednesday, October 24, 2012

7 1/2 Days to Go!

So by now you have your mat, and your sequences picked out. You have your journal set up and you have your questions in place.

You're ready for the 30 Day Yoga Challenge! With 7 Days left, you twiddle your thumbs and begin to hum and haw  - What are you supposed to do for the next 7 days?!

Well - you can start early, and make this a 37 1/2 day challenge, but I'll say this now, if you DO start early, realize in advance the Challenge ends on November 30th. :) Meaning: No stopping on November 22 at noon because of the other days you added in.

I'm being a stickler, I know - but it's good to have a routine. Once we allow new things to fall into place in our lives, accept them as part of our lives, the suddenly we are changing - and Change Is GOOD!

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” 
                                                                                 ~Barack Obama

I'm hoping to be able to put together some sequences for you to use, that way you can just come here, rather than searing all over the internet to find what you need. Please stay tuned for that.

I'm putting the blog posts back together (its just easier for me). 

And I will start off with a quote:

“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
~Stephen King

This statement is very true. Every time we read we absorb more information about writing, story telling, etc. So for NaNoWriMo - create a list of books you've been meaning to reading, and get to reading. But as you do, be critical. What makes the story good? What makes the story bad?

Years ago I took a film workshop about the whole process, from the very first thought all the way to the ending credits, on how to write, create, and sell a film. In the part about writing the speaker/teacher brought up the movie "Pleasantville" and BY GOD did the man hate this film. (I loved this film, so I listened with scepticism...) His argument was Pleasantville was two movies in one. The first half is about a brother and sister who are not doing so hot in this world, and they need the world of Pleasantville to find themselves, just as the world of Pleasantville needs them to expand a bit more. Great story... but they writers kept going. The second half of Pleasantville is about racism and hate. Should they have been in one movie? Probably not. OK - I'll be honest - no. The story should have been one or the other. 

These are wonderful things we can learn by reading and reading and reading, and yes, watching too - but reading is really more idea.

There are many books that hold the same problems as Pleasantville - starting off with one idea and then flipping around. Actually, Atlas Shrugged - it should have been 1/4 the size and Rand needed to make a decision as to what the theme/message of the book was. 

Note: This book make me so mad that I still have 200 pages of it to read. Not kidding. 

So, while plotting out your story - ask yourself WHAT YOUR THEME IS. What is this story about?

Is it about a strong business woman, who is smart, determined and sexy - or is it about some mystical land where you give up on humanity (a humanity you created though the decisions made for your companies, etc). 

As you prepare for NaNoWriMo:

- Plan out your plot
- Set your theme in stone
- Get to know your characters by writing up character sheets, and even writing up a throwaway scene or two with them in it to hear their voice.
- Set aside the time you need - GIVE UP TV! 

And now you're almost ready to go!


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