On Writing: Part 4 – Judiang Interviews GratianaDS90, Part 2, 11/08/11 (Post #50)

Dear Friends,
The link below is for the 2nd part of the interview Judiang of the Confessions of a Watcher blog (found at http://www.jagrant.com/watcher) did with me about my story writing.  It was very kind of her to include me in her writer series since I have only begun to share my stories with a wider audience in the last few months.
If you make comments, please do so on Judiang’s blog. Of course, you may also comment here if you prefer.
Cheers!   Grati  ;->

This is a six part series on fanfic writing.  Here are parts 1, 2 and 3.

Today’s installment concludes the interview with GratianaDS90 from the creative blog Something About Love (A).  The first half is here.

Here is the part 2 link

http://www.jagrant.com/watcher/on-writing-part-4-gratianads90-ii/

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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6 Responses to On Writing: Part 4 – Judiang Interviews GratianaDS90, Part 2, 11/08/11 (Post #50)

  1. bccmee says:

    I wish you every success in your writing endeavors, Gratiana. You are very prolific and it obviously brings you much joy!

    I have several friends in the film-making industry. Of course there are hundreds of scriptwriting books on the market. Here’s one with a chapter written by a friend: Writing Movies: The Practical Guide to Creating Stellar Screenplays by Gotham Writers’ Workshop, edited by Alexander Steele. Of course I urge everyone to buy their books through one of the RA websites so that a commission goes to charity. :)

    You may consider taking a class. If you don’t have local screenwriting courses, Gotham Writers’ Workshop offers online classes for those not lucky enough to live in New York City. There are also “script doctors” who will, for a fee, go over your script before you submit it to agents or contests or whatever.

    Also, many writers make short films of their own scripts. This can be very inexpensive.

    Of course, the above options cost money. The cheapest way to learn scriptwriting is to read actual scripts. They can be found easily with a web search. Screenwriting is one of the most concise forms of writing and anyone wanting to break into the industry must learn proper format. You only write what is said and seen. The rest is left to the director and actors. On average, 1 page equals 1 minute of screentime. Therefore, a 2-hour movie would have a 120-page script.

    Good luck! You have quite an adventure before you and it’s really great that you are sharing it with us. :)

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    • Gratiana says:

      Hi Bccmee,
      Thanks for your encouraging words and helpful suggestions. My current writing style is more narrative–filling in the blanks until my stories might be performed. Perhaps, I should direct them, too? Ha! We’ll see what happens.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Cheers! Grati ;->

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  2. fabi says:

    Grati,
    I would love to see your name in a movie credits, like “Screenplay by Gratiana Lovelace”. Who knows what the future holds?
    I found this poem for you:

    “If You Have A Dream
    Don’t wait for some distant day to come,
    it may be too late before you’ve even begun.
    Not everyone will agree with all you decide.

    Be true to yourself first and foremost.
    The only important thing in life is what you do
    with the time you spend here on earth.

    Don’t be afraid to follow your desires,
    they are not silly nor selfish.
    Take the time and do what makes you feel alive.

    Leave your fears and regrets in the past,
    for this is where they belong.
    Don’t cloud today with things that can’t be undone.

    You have no more control over yesterday or tomorrow,
    than you do the raging of your passions.
    Do not quiet these dreams nor quench your desires.

    For if you do, your journey is ended.
    You have only today to begin anew and follow your dreams.
    For in the end all we have are our memories.

    When the twilight comes to us, let there be,
    No excuses, no explanations, no regrets!”
    ~ Author Unknown ~

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    • Gratiana says:

      Dear Fabi,
      Thanks for your encouraging words and your sharing this inspiring poem with me. I really appreciate it! And I do try to follow this poem’s positive message every day.

      Our lives are but a brief moment in the cosmic span of time. If we don’t live in our present, then it will become a missed opportunity of yesterday. So, I look forward to my tomorrows with all the hope that my present brings me as I plan for a new future for myself. Of course, plans go awry, and journey’s change–sometimes wonderfully so, as mine has with my creative writing. But, that is part of the fun–seeing what happens next.
      Cheers! Grati ;->

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    • Gratiana says:

      I found a website with this poem on it: http://www.somaliroots.com/DREAM.htm

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      • Gratiana says:

        It seems a lot of sites quote it, but still list it as author unknown. That’s too, bad, because it would be nice to recognize the author. Thanks for sharing the poem, though.

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