Welcome to the tenth of our Creative Challenges. We’re focusing on the relationship between writing and production in our second week of Creative Challenges: WriteMovies’ 100-Day Creative Challenge 10 is about introducing yourself to others as a writer.
Guidance: For the next 20 minutes, use whatever method you like – thoughts and ideas, mind maps, diagrams or sketches, a sample of script, prose, poetry – as you prepare a creative piece, about:
Use the outcomes of the CCs so far to help you define yourself and your writing in the shortest, sharpest, clearest sentence possible. Create a fictional ‘alter ego’ version of yourself if that makes it easier and more fun! Try many different versions and keep refining them.
- As you work through this task, you might also consider how this activity relates to introducing yourself to others as a writer.
- Save or photograph your work as a document called “100DayCC10”. Then reflect on this experience and what it has taught you about you and your writing: what comes naturally to you, which aspects were easy and difficult, and the subjects, angles and attitudes that you like to focus your writing on.
- Share online if you like using the hashtag #100DayCC10 to compare to other people’s experiences and support each other, or submit to our Academy Lite if you’re a subscriber!
When you complete the Challenge – or if you get completely stuck – then look at the Feedback below!
Most writers HATE having to do activities like this, I know! And it can take years to refine your self-description down to the optimal form so that it sells you, so don’t be downhearted if you’ve not got something great within 20 minutes. (Even if you think you have done, you’ll still probably improve this in future.)
But, this is a really important skill for writers. The one-sentence description they make of themselves is just as important as their script’s logline (explained in an upcoming CC) in getting people to actually read their work. So, take this activity seriously, and keep coming back to it over time to make it better. Even if you have to be a bit reductive, you’ll usually find that you get far better results from the industry by defining yourself narrowly (eg. as ‘a science fiction writer’) than by being vague (“I write all kinds of things”). The self-description has to be short enough to remember and roll off the tongue when you’re introducing yourself to people – because in LA, NY or London industry events you never know when you’re going to bump into someone who could be your ticket to the big time, and you need to be ready to lodge yourself in their minds.
General tips and feedback:
Many writers, naturally, don’t find it easy to be creative ‘on tap’ – especially for work that they didn’t set themselves. But to write professionally, you will usually need to meet deadlines and requirements, that can’t be put off, for briefs you didn’t choose for yourself: even if you’re ill or feeling down, you’ll usually have to just find a way through, and get the results that are needed, to the quality that’s necessary. So the WriteMovies Creative Challenges are designed to help you find ways around the crucial issues of ‘block’.
We do this by setting a (deceptively!) simple brief, and encouraging you to use a variety of methods, approaches and creative products in order to find ways around it, and generate some kind of outcomes that might be useful to you in the future. Whatever state your mind and mood are in – energetic or tired, stimulated or bored, motivated or disengaged, etc – there are different ‘modes’ of creative productivity which you can engage, to make the best of it: editing your work if you can’t write, making notes if you can’t generate script, etc. Try a mix of methods to make the most of activities such as the Creative Challenges, especially anytime you get stuck: just keep adding notes, sketches etc freely, you can decide later whether any of them are useful! Also note that the brief is to ‘prepare’ a creative work – not to actually make it straight away, before you feel ready to! But if you’ve come away from this with a passage of prose or script or even poetry, well done!
Hopefully this activity will have shown you the potential value of our Creative Challenges, and the benefits of making a routine to complete them, and persisting with it day by day to gradually improve all aspects of your writing and to develop solutions to ‘block’, that you will become more and more proficient with over time. We recommend that you commit to fulfilling the 100-Day Creative Challenges, sharing your outputs to gain the support and feedback of other writers working on the same activities, and if you’d like expert daily feedback from us on this and much more, additional material, subscribe to the WriteMovies Academy Lite now!