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22 May 2007 @ 04:06 pm
Mental Movie Making  
When a story I'm writing finally clicks on, it pretty much becomes all I think about. Whether actively, or running in the background while I'm working on something else, it's there. Very often, I'll wake up in the morning with it in my thoughts. All consuming, you might say [g] Of course, that doesn't always help in the actual writing! Turning the movie in my head (because it really is just like I'm watching a movie) from visuals to words doesn't always come easy. And I always seem to forget the best bits of dialogue by the time I sit down to write!

Anyone else have similar experiences, or is it just me? And what are your experiences?

dracschick: Dracula_dracschickdracschick on May 22nd, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
yep, that's me too.
dracschick: Dracula_facedowndracschick on May 22nd, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
I have a writing notebook so if I think of something (I've even gotten out of bed) I write it down.

PS---I think about my writing when I'm driving (to and from work) as well as on my lunch breaks:)
Ithithildyn on May 22nd, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
Re: PS
I walk to work, and that's major fic pondering time!
She went that-a-way...: methos - old and wise-assed onejinxed_wood on May 22nd, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
The inside of my brain is a very strange place, where all the characters I write hang out with each other! I kid you not, it's crossover dimentia, and most of them are trying to kill each other half of the time.

Personally, I think it's because, deep down, I want to write a huge multi-verse fic in which everyone meets everyone, and these dark urges spawn dozens of little, baby crossover fics.

But it's all immaterial, coz all my muses are hanging out in a bar in Seattle, getting royally, drunk (they didn't invite me along, the b@astards)and plotting to kipnap the Petrelli Brothers

Because that's all I needed, another fandom :-P
Ith: Art - Forest Quillithildyn on May 22nd, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
That sounds about right [g]

Who the heck are the Petrelli Brothers?
Taxicab Messiah: NATHAN LIVESdonna_c_punk on May 23rd, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
Peter and Nathan Petrelli, from Heroes. I don't believe you watch it?
Ith: Helm - Who?ithildyn on May 23rd, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
Ah! Okay, thanks. No, I don't so I wans't sure who her drunken party was trying to kidnap [g]
She went that-a-way...: flying heroesjinxed_wood on May 23rd, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
Meanwhile, in Seattle

Joe shook his head in bemusement, as he cracked open another bottle of Whiskey and placed it on the table before he sat down. He’d heard some idiotic plans hatched over a drink, in his time, but this was ridiculous.

“You know,” Methos said, smirking as he winked at Joe. “That just might work.”

“See I told ya, Sammy,” declared Dean, the elder of the Winchester boys, expansively. “The old man agrees with me. All we need is a rope –”

“A lasso,” Sam interrupted quietly, as he took another sip of his beer.

“Whatever,” Dean said. “You know what I’m sayin’…anyway, all we need is a lasso, a ship that can travel through time and space—”

“That would be me,” said the Doctor, who propped his converses on the edge of the table as he refilled his glass and then grinned through the bottom of it.

“Right you are, Doc,” Dean said, grinning. “And then, of course, we’d need a binding spell to keep good old Pete under control until we get him ‘round to our way of thinking—”

“Oh! Oh!” Willow bounced in her chair excitably. “That would be me!”

Dean clinked his glass with hers. “You’d better believe it,” he said

Methos threw Joe a knowing look. “A cunning plan,” he drawled. “Top marks for ingenuity…”

Joe snorted. “It’s the execution you’ll have to watch out for!”

“Execution!” Willow squeaked, jumping to her feet. “Who, what, where?”

“My case in point,” Joe said dryly….

Ith: Holby - Amusedithildyn on May 23rd, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
ROTFL! [applauds]

She went that-a-way...: no cigar grouchojinxed_wood on May 23rd, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
*Twiddles cigar*

Why thank you, thank you very much.....
keerawakeerawa on May 23rd, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
*blinks* Oh my. That is a rather fractious bunch to be cavorting around in your head.
She went that-a-way...: plotbunny crisisjinxed_wood on May 23rd, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
Huh, you haven't even seen the ones that've already slumped under the table... *g*
Ith: Taste - Absintheithildyn on May 23rd, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
I'd worry when they start making group visits to opium dens [g]
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Ith: Forever Knight - Foreverithildyn on May 23rd, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
Hmmm.. that's interesting. I don't think I've ever had just the audio. It's always Cinerama with Dolby [g]
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Ithithildyn on May 23rd, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
I've tried to at least get into the habit of writing down character names when I think of good ones. I always end up forgetting them!
Taxicab Messiah: fanfic saves the world - seconddonna_c_punk on May 23rd, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
I have a movie in my head constantly. I used to do a lot of BTVS fics, so they usually included fight sequences. I had to see the stuff in my head to properly describe what was going on. I think that's why I always got so many great compliments on the action portions of those stories (and others which included it). It's also the reason I have so many descriptions of what people are doing while the dialogue is happening. Hand movements, the way they stand, how they either look at someone or avoid looking at them, etc. What happens in my mini-movie is what is transcribed to the page.
Ith: Methos - Yoda Guyithildyn on May 23rd, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
Oh how I wish seeing fight sequences actually translated to being able to write them! I absolutely suck at such things.
pat: clan immortalpat_t on May 23rd, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
That used to happen for me. But not in awhile. Actually someone mentioned having a writing notebook and that sounds like a really good idea.
Ith: Highlander - Friendsithildyn on May 23rd, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
The dry spell will end eventually. Mine was three years long, so there's hope!
endaewen: catendaewen on May 23rd, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. I usually get an entire story/story idea sometime like three in the morning, and by a decent hour, it's all gone, or else if it's not gone, it seems so stupid by the light of day that I don't write it. Add to that that I'm a procrastinator and there you have it. I don't get as much written as I'd like.
Ith: Japan - Secretsithildyn on May 23rd, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
I have my best story sessions right on the edge of sleep, that sometimes work there way into dreams. But like dreams, they tend to wisp away in the daylight
keerawakeerawa on May 23rd, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, stories do tend to take over. I don't really see them like a movie - it's more like the character comes into my brain and starts telling me all about it. More auditory, great for dialogue, not always so good for description.

This also explains why ALL of my stories are from a single POV. I've got no clue what the other characters are thinking. Sure, I can guess, but I'd rather be lazy and write what the Muse tells me.

I walk/bus to work, and get a lot of ideas when I'm doing that - not at all conducive to getting them written down! It's so frustrating when a whole day goes by, you've got this great stuff in your head, and you just can't find the time to write any of it down.
Ithithildyn on May 23rd, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, story idea and dialogue coming at you when you're answering a zillion calls at work is not conducive to remembering later [g]
dejladejla on May 23rd, 2007 04:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, when it takes over, it takes over. I daydream on the subway and nearly miss my stop. I'm in the middle of scribbling something down that I know I'll forget and somebody wants me to do my day job and pick up the phone--so I do, and immediately forget the incredible dialogue that was there a moment ago and takes on new realms of lost glory because I'll never retrieve it.

And playing the movie in my head--I almost hate writing it down because the movie goes away...
Ithithildyn on May 23rd, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
[nods] Happens all the time.
spiffikinsspiffikins on May 23rd, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)

In fact, mostly this is why I haven't written much - once it's played itself out in my thoughts, I'm generally done - and I lose interest in writing it out. The writing process, for me, bogs down into the details, and I either get bored, because I want to get to that really good scene coming up, or I get sidetracked on the details, and lose the rest of the good scene that I was trying to "hold off" until I was ready for it.

Ithithildyn on May 23rd, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
Oh, yes! That's exactly it. I've never been quite able to explain that aspect. Once I've run the movie through several times, I move on to the next one. I have to time the movie and the writing together.
spiffikinsspiffikins on May 23rd, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
Somebody needs to invent the module that plugs into the socket they'll invent for the back of our necks, that lets us "dictate" our thoughts into prose.

But first, they need to invent transporter beams. Seriously. Now.
Kay: methos -- plotssilvercobwebs on May 23rd, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
Absolutely not just you. : )
When I do get into a story (and btw your Indy plotbunny has been adopted and is being coddled as I type), I tend to think about it too much, and of course get all the best ideas in the shower, so by the time I get out, they're naturally all gone. Either the shower, or whilst I'm waiting for the kettle to boil. I seem to spend all my life doing one thing or the other *g*.
Ith: Art - Royo: Eyesithildyn on May 23rd, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, I so zone out int he shower in the morning. Even make myself late -- like today -- because of it. I start drifting into a story, and don't even realize how much time has passed.

Glad the Indy bunny was helpful :)