ClexaCon 2019: Queer Women Writers Workshop

ClexaCon 2019: Queer Women Writers Workshop



books but well it what's funny is creative people are charged as creative people right so if you open yourself up to them that creating things is happening all right you will be able to be inspired less than many people and women on this panel all inspire you in different ways because and it'll do so many different things and their and their experience levels are all in all kinds of wonderful and expansive things and so I wanted people to get the opportunity to learn that what they do and questions so it's not going to be a lot of us doing this it's going to be us talking about who you are and there you go doesn't want to know why and then we're gonna have some interaction is that good I know so I there is not enough there aren't enough words available to me at this moment to explain the experience that I had of her when I sat in a pitch to the production last year right I wasn't going to be pictures anything yeah like I see guys today so when I saw that it's her the kindness and love that she was showing people who were willing to literally say I have this you know I've been holding my baby in my cart and now I'm telling you and the love that that she showed in her life showed to each one these people was like no absolutely no this is my person lives in New Orleans and I have Maxim and so okay I have had such a great career with people who met working so that's my deal I'm like the you know pay a back pay forward person because people did that for me a lot of great men and a lot of recognition but I told you later mostly webseries and I've done some films and hundreds of plays what I love to say is kind of lighter and it took me a long time to own that and be able to say that's what I do because for a long time I thought well that's what I do but am i that am I gonna pay for that am I going to feel good about it is somebody else going to read it and like it so writers right that's my first piece of advice just stupid whatever it is you know right I don't care if it's a magazine article if it's a graphic novel if it's a sitcom whatever it is write it because it's gonna stay in your head and it's gonna drive me crazy so you have to get it act so I started out I wanted to I'm going to be an actor you guys somebody may have heard this story before and and like almost it we didn't know back in the day when how to become a writer you know you watch TV and you're like oh kill Burnett I would be that but that's what you know so you go to college to be an actor now but a college should be a director producer writer sometime for whatever it is you want to do but it was very limited when I was in college in the seventies and so my parents said we're not going to pay for you to be an actor we're not gonna pay to go to college me an actor so you have to double major I was like okay so I double majored pre-law which was called social ecology back of a hippie dippie basically long and and never went to law school and never cared about that but what I did do is I got in theater and they did worked improv and and I started writing my own place and then I found a person who had a camera and started writing small movies and things like that and so I went up to Los Angeles and I was like okay I'm gonna be in the stuff I write that was a I say but no you're not you're just stuck acting I really it took a dear friend of mine to tell me that she's a wonderful actress comedian her name was she's passed away Cecily Cecily Adam she was Don Adams daughter she was wildly funny really great actress and we stood a lot of theaters stuff together and I can't memorize anything awful so they I think the reason they told me that I should be an actor anymore because I was ruining place where they might go up on a line just a little bit but you're cheap it's deep that's the chilling right I think so so finally Cecily said to me one day she goes you know Nancy the huge son's an actress but no I was in this perfect place to hear it from this person and she said that the you write first is really good and in that moment I knew that I was going to be lighter I was going to be able to you know this system for people to be around amazing people that I loved have a great time and do something that I'm good at so that was my career change moment and it was a couple years after college so then I just started writing plays and and writing movies and and and I went through an awful divorce thought about that lots of stuff about that doors and and I needed a job I couldn't just wait to get was the rest of my life and then try to write I don't know waited table to the last kind a lot of his stories have led to that a cash life but I also needed to get out of my house because the other woman had moved into my house so I needed to get I I need a job and I called a friend of mine and she said can you type like sure she just you gotta use a computer like sure and so I got a job at production company called wick Thomas Harris and they did soap and Golden Girls and what's the show that was passed it was on her very first sitcom with the brothers the brothers okay Kevin Brennan I think they had an empty nest and soap and they had a million great living single so many great shows so actually dependency we had I wrote in that later anyway so I got jobs or my secretary in a comedy room which was baptism by fire and it was my greatest fun joy life job ever before I she got to write so back in the day we didn't have computers in the room we sit there with a notepad a yellow cat having to be looking for scripts all the writing on the table and they start making jokes like you paid money to you know I'm better tokenistic heavier and it's me point I didn't go all right it's when you read it back I'm like lose him okay I think I'm gonna read it back and I sort of learn to sell the jokes I liked better the scripts and and so I went it worked in a lot of writers rooms and Mac a lot amazing mostly man at that time who were running shows and they ultimately a couple of it gave me great breaks and a guy named Don Rio gave me my first pilot over Thomas Harris team named Christman inclusive picked my first sitcom child and series which was on Night Court which I wrote two seasons to that and ended up writing the last the season that the series finale tonight burgers was unbelievable and I'm doing a planet that would worship Warfield I have a few but watching my court she was the amazing hilarious bailiff yes yes awesome so funny so uh we're doing a pilot for today we're going to fight it together and and so after I did Night Court I went to living single and then all the whole time I was writing pilots writing my own voice because when you're on somebody else's show you're writing the voice of the show so I always just want to keep that muscle working and write whatever I want to write and I eventually got an agent and she said okay what do you have that's not a spec script because the way he got our jobs back in the day was that you wrote somebody else's show to show that you could hit their voices right over yeah you know I'm like if you want to be doing animation you'll be writing The Simpsons or a king of the hill that was on at the time and whatever it was I wrote a lot of different shows how the game shows so would my agent when I got my first station she said okay you have to write something original what's your story and and I've been writing anyway so I didn't choke I didn't like freak out ago and I got a lot of stories to tell so I started writing and then I sold a bunch of scripts which is really rare especially for women to sort of do it now it's wide open everybody's getting it's just it's a great it's a great time to be a writer right now television right anyway so I here's my new stream I of selling planets it's time I've been paid to write 36 or 37 pilots in my career I had three of them shot and only one of them got on the air six episodes and out so it is the lottery that it's the lottery if your show gets on the air but you get this joyous life of writing what you love selling stuff getting paid for sitting in rooms with really smart amazing hilarious or dark people depending on the show that you're on and you get to see something happen it comes from the page and it goes to the stage and you're like that person is saying well I wrote and it's so fulfilling and I love it I can't see myself doing anything else so if you want to do TV writing I'm writing I'm happy to talk to you about it I'm going to say yes just do it keep doing it and find people who can help you that's the only way it's cool to be in your house we were jealous all the time I do that a lot but you have to get out here from Johnson you have to go out meet people and you have to show that you're working how to say hey can I stand on that side with you can I be on that stage with you can I can I follow you around one day can I go here you pitch tonight whatever you have to ask and people will say yes most people are generous and most people want to pay it forward and pay it back so that's what that's me in a nutshell that's why get up and do something so no Jenn Jenn T Cruz is the my experience of her was as a writer when I was going to a book the children for business so I have to create a business expert tonight isn't that that but but experienced but she was called but you don't look at but you don't look at because because it was about it is about people who want to be in business with the queer community but are not from the queer community and so it's really about like don't say that no don't do this this is what's important to us and don't ever say things like and what has been so cool is I've gotten to watch this beautiful art of going from being a writer to being a publisher so now she publishes other people's dreams of the lessons that they're supposed to be teaching them and so her publishing publishing company is called publisher purpose and so now Jen go thank you I appreciate that yeah so that who came out in 2003 so it's been watching us and our teaches other videos but yes so yeah so I graduated college I wanted to be working in advertising that was kind of like mental dreams to be in advertising somewhere along the way and I got mixed up in insurance instead because I live in Hartford Connecticut which is the insurance capital of the world anywhere in the general Hartford area at some point you have different insurance and so I started a job and I had been working in retail all throughout college even in high school and had like three jobs of all times and I went into this insurance company and I was discriminated against within like seconds of walking into the door and I think they're staying there for five and a half years despite being called a dyke and you know hearing someone who claimed put the phone on mute call a customer a and all kinds are just really derogatory stuff so it was a very unpleasant experience to say the least but what I tried to do is take my experience and find a way that I can help teach others through that experience so this was in the 2004 to 2009 and I had been leaving that job just working having the words and that she burned the building down so I don't believe in that job I ended up volunteering for the Connecticut gay and lesbian we have inform a couple of years prior long story short I have been becoming the executive director and it's doing that for about four or five years and in that role my job was to be working with our members across the state whether they were small businesses whether they were corporations it didn't really matter and so what I kept seeing over and over again was the fact that you will just pour saving the most ridiculous things that are not a setting let alone business settings so I wrote my first thought but you don't look gay whenever the second one that was no way you do look gay that was about a year later and then I read another one that was about marriage equality and how we market to our community around marriage equality that are another one has nothing to do with LGBTQ that's around mental health and now in 2017 and I wrote my latest one which is beyond writing though and that is just kind of a combination of all the stuff that pretty isn't written so my takeaway in terms thinking about this is if you're having an experience chances are other people are having the same experience if you have the the drive the determination and the kind of the strength and a lot of ways to take that time to put your story on paper there are so many people you can impact by telling your personal story and I had a booth here and I go through the banner that says everyone has a story and it might seem kind of like sachet or you know overused but it truly is the key so if you're obviously right there here in television or you already nonfiction early writing fiction you're looking kind of the marketplace and seeing about there's a lot of books on this topic but the difference is there's not a book about this topic didn't you yourself wrote and that's really kind of the the key takeaway so in my experience having done this I had so many friends reaching out to be saying like well how did your publisher or how did you know what to do and I just made it up as I meant it I had no idea what I was doing and the first one was atrocious and but you don't look at having to redo a lot of it because it wasn't good fortunately with Robin Robin found it is the 2.0 version so that term I got to my fifth book it's beautiful it's amazing I'm so proud of it but everybody was asking me little did you know how did you do it so that's I turned into a kind of coaching program that's our authors Academy that's like earning have a story let's talk about how you make your story out how do you go from I have a saying in my head to actually physically have it open your hand and so going you know doing that for a couple of years every we're not program them said well I know you but took about two weeks to come to conclusion like okay I have publishing money now so it's been around since 2008 2015 and we worked with about 70 authors at this point in him we focused on nonfiction specifically so as it relates to our Q&A as we get into that if you have nonfiction related questions I can answer them all day long or memoir philosophy what we do on the fiction side thinking of other experts in tackling tough questions that I do not know anything about but I wasn't lying when I said I was impressed now we deed and I also met at lexicon last year I was sure it was some last year because so VD is among many things is a screenwriter as well and she has a web series that streams on where we talk call 30-30 so they were screaming a couple episodes last year the last year when you saw it that's when we were in LA out with us but with you I was like with you but with Jesus many things and I when I met her I was like guilt yeah I'm keeping that one too and so sister you were just all kinds of things and you just say I'm going to do the thing and then she does them so so now I want you to be Danielle like and then she takes the one person who doesn't know how to talk about themselves and say go talk about yourself so hello I am gonna be Daniel Watkins I started off as a novelist I have four novels that came out prior to me writing any script in 2013 they put out and he wanted to do a script writing contest and one of my friends was like oh you should write a script I'm not glad if you won't wear these damn books so then I take this story that I had outlined for a novel and it was about a murder in Baton Rouge in my head and I said well they wants to turn it into a family themed pilot in my head family thing mean it has something to do with not for kids so I write this murderous as pilot that's based on a family that's a fluid that's black in Baton Rouge and they blamed the youngest daughter for this murder and then I get dipped in because that wasn't in the I write the script and it's like oh and I started dealing with a lot of the Atlanta black lesbian YouTube / community and I start to meet these different people from these different web series they're like you should do what meet her and I'm like no YouTube is attacking and they said you can't do that but I didn't meet his group of people and they said well let us read what you have no only spricht I had in my life this is one that got rejected so I had this meeting to be in this screenwriting character development position for a production company so I handed my script and I'm like this and they're gonna read it in front of me and tell me if it's I'm like this and they're just turning this little sprint I'm like damn it and turning it and she just throwing says I wouldn't reduce this welcome reduce it a bit what oh we want you to be over our script development department for our entire production company when can you start okay I'm 27 right and oh my okay this is amazing and I don't know what the hell that means what does this mean there is every script that we get them you want to induce you been reading it if you don't like it you're going to tell them what you don't like about a need to fix that you know how many people hated me because I'm like you're killing for your character development why is this person here it was something that I was innate in England to do but at the same time I had learned that I didn't work as I was going through school so I want a contest at 9:00 writing a story about a werewolf and I made my own cover and I don't like this cardboard typing I put paper and I drew werewolves on the front I turned it in at 9:00 my first poll was published I was 15 mm and then I put pics for now is out so I just know something about song a story so I had to put the confidence in myself to say okay you know what you like you know what makes sense you know what sounds good applying there are people right now and then today promoters okay so then one of my close friends starts the home Film Festival and she doesn't have a very submit she says am I going to do I have a phone what am I gonna do that's a lot bigger move you put it of course I had never gonna set before I've never done anything so I write a new script it's a full as a religious of sweety's film right because that's what makes sense and I had five I get on Craigslist and I say hey I'm doing whoopee I need these type of people and I get all these trolls I just I meet this amazing guy who was now my everything when it comes to filming and he teaches me how to direct while he is defeating he teaches me how to make a film on a set that I had never been on and this film goes on to go to 17-year film festivals it plays in China and it plays in all these different places and I opted to have an all-white cast cuz I was scared because I was black people accepted so if you see my white cast you won't know that black so when I show up then one white film plays everywhere and I keep writing and after getting hired to write for these smaller productions so then I write the web series on YouTube girls just don't do that and we get millions and views and I'm like holy hell I wrote that and then that fast for us to 3030 which by far is the biggest most expensive stressful loving amazing fucked-up thing I've ever done and and it's about me it's about me and my best friend and we've taken our story and made it a sitcom and we made it a sitcom growing up sitcoms were themed that people don't have now and especially as young black women we don't have anybody to look at as a young single educated business minded woman who's trying to function right and then we're funny because why do we have to be dramatic why is everything that's black and lesbian used to the horrible in dramatic why is everything the same horrible sad story so we took the static parts of being lesbian black and over 30 and single and we made it funny and then I became a part of Murphy and then we just were like oh there's something more out there then the film festivals that I've been in and all these other things there's a different platform there's a different market there's a different place for us to tell a story that the reality of it is nobody else is telling me because if you look at my entire filmography and look at the films that I've made there will be nothing in the mainstream so ever compared to and that is my biggest thing when it comes to storytelling when it comes to screenwriting from an independent perspective that's supposed to fall on Hollywood I'm in a position to tell the story without being told I can't tell me I'm in a position to tell the story and put it in a place in a film festival circuit so this is film festival season I will no longer be in Vegas for the next four months my friends will tell you I'm never here because now I have these festivals that are these fulfill their torreón festivals and I get to go to these places and I become the first black person in this festival because we don't do it that often ray and I get to go to all these different places and sit here and show the bodies that would not know my story or your a story or her story or the stories that I intend to put out I get to sit in front of them and say guess what that's that's real that's what I do that's what I see that's what I no and guess what you didn't think that was real there have been films that I made that I was like and then get out of the Film Festival somebody's crying and only hope you just watch my and groceries bawling it she's talking about something that reminded her of oh my god I'm voting for you did the audience or you know then I started winning awards for directing and I did a documentary on myself for me the first African American filmmaker and the first all Lesbian Film Festival in the entire country and I do the documentary and I put it out and everybody loves it and it's horrible the sound is terrible it wasn't on purpose it looks strange it took forever and it just it's 36 minutes of oh my god this is not the best film I've ever put out and it's on Amazon Prime and they send me money every month because people love it and it's like oh you were literally just in the only time I've learned of the robbery story and she's been historic they started the story in the elementary school of this they started the story about reverie and the fact that they're creating that amazing is that doing with her as the example okay all right so what happened was last year they called they said they called several of the content creators for for referee and with me being a referee original series I was one of them and I started talking about the fact that when we started to pitch thirty thirty parts of for every a lot of the bigger place as long as they needed more straight characters they didn't what thirty thirty as it was and I refused to change it so then all of a sudden Mike's how long was less eight months later like eight months later the only Times article comes out and were like yeah it's out and I read it in the first mind says one filmmaker be Daniel Watkins Picture Show 3030 oh and then we scroll down and there's a picture of us from season two and we're like in there and I'm like we are in the third Indian times and then when you read the rest of the article they don't talk about anybody else it's reverie in thirty thirty and the LA Times I wasn't going to mention that cuz look I know how the hell am I supposed to follow that oh except hi my name is Kim and I'm a writer what happened I got I was in a lot of PR groups love I get pitched a lot of things because of the lesbian socialite ring so I in this group somebody said something about something and I said and my answer to all things when I see PR pitches is well my my community is the LGBT community so if you are interested in queer people buying your stuff let me know and I'll write about it maybe 2% people usually take me up to someone and then and then she wrote to me it's it so I have this writer who wrote a mystery so my Hartmann because I write nonfiction and but I read history like it's my favorite thing and I just so she said to me and then I got the book she connected me to Canada I got the book and the first thing that I thought was oh my god I want to turn this into a television series and I knew I wanted to be the friend of whoever it written this thing because I made me so happy nice date of it night and I read the whole thing you know maybe read a book like that we can't put it down and you just have to finish and the sun's coming up and you don't know how that happened but then you finally got to the end and you have it so that's experience that I had just remember MX is accepted so I kept her and it took me like a year and a half maybe two years to tell her so that she will end the option her book I kept her and she's kept me and she's become the content manager juggling Robyn keeping her from being crazy and she's one of my villagers my beef of he believes studium I know so I'm not a bad I even I've duck when it comes to writing I have a degree in psychology and masters forensic psychology I was an actor I apparently in Russia I am pretty damn popular I just want to put that out there in my film is over there somewhere I did short films wrote my own stuff produced my own stuff directed edited everything else you do when you don't have a budget Ugland won some minor awards for a TV pilot that we submitted that I absolutely hated and then one day as I'm sure many of you have seen it I'm flipping through YouTube and there's this little story in the back of my head that I've always had but you know everything is gonna buy your because who the hell wants to read your crap I mean I'm not Stephen King and I see this little thing it's like leaked video Nicky and or a part one play and I'm watching it and I'm realizing the first off they're hot second off they're cops and they're taking seriously I'm like okay part two hey and by the time that was over I was kind of crying because I'm an idiot and emotional and my wife Christ Disney and I cry at procedurals where people shoot people and I'm watching this and I'm like I absolutely unequivocally can write my story I can write a lesbian lead detective who is badass he's going through some that is someone based on my life somewhat I really wish I could do and she can have a relationship with all the ups and downs and not have that trova sh and no she doesn't die just put that out there right now you know and I thanked Nancy Lee I thanked was very upset Christina cops because without that I probably would have never ever even attempted to write it because they did open the door for that can we can interject him Nancy Lee Road Nikki Amara yep so this is my life okay inspired my friends before I to be at the end of the day I walked away from a job at Rikers Island I walked away from my degree I walked away from everything because that one's and I can write and my wife said do it if you can't sleep and you have to do this do it and I will tell you truthfully from experience you are going to make mistakes that are going to make your toes curl they're gonna make you want to cry crawl into a hole and beg for death trust me after a book bug and that went wrong you can't hide you put your emotion out there and you're gonna want to but at the end of the day if you can't go to sleep without getting that out of your head or you can't slice someone's femoral artery because they really pissed you off two weeks ago and you need to get that out then maybe it was about you if you really can't get that you can't go sleep in that spins in your head you're a writer don't let anyone tell you you're not because I don't give a crap you self-publish I don't give a if you write fanfiction or if you just write a blog somewhere you are a writer period full stop so that's really it for me sorry okay so now do you understand whether here and now they understand why I wanted you texting some questions because I'm going through like burning the device so I gentleman this is Michelle to complicate their first crazy hello everybody hi hi my question is for VD or for Danielle um you said something that was really fascinating I love if you could expand on you said one of the ways that you can you imagine the assumptions that people make about your nose is cast and always known as a way to get yourself in the room I thought it was so interesting could you talk more about the decision-making behind that absolutely the reality of it is in the film festival circuit there are not a lot of women lesbian who look like me period there are not a lot of us who take the film festival circuit seriously so what happens was when they see the black film at this time when this was happening in 2014 things have actually changed the last behaviour but they see a low-budget probably the same type of stories so my my thought process in that moment was because they see a white girl on the cover then we'll watch it for more than five minutes because my name is that anything that looks other than be Daniel Watkins could easily be a blond-haired girl I like her especially cuz my name has a like it doesn't have any accent so Daniel spoke different it's straight it could be anything so then it's about religion so black religion comes off different than what white religion comes off unfortunately so my thought was they have no idea who I am because this is my very first film that I'm putting out period I have to put myself in a position where I'm not judged before they see my work and unfortunately being white stuffs myself from being judged have I cast a white person since I'm gonna say not really but in that moment being a first time my fear was I wasn't going to be taken seriously because I knew better so I needed to put myself in a position where once I get there you can't put me out now I had a question though that I really must need with me an idea there's a taste gap kind of early on whenever you start creating where your taste it's usually pretty great and it's kind of what got you in the game of wanting to create but what you're able to produce doesn't necessarily meet kind of how high your taste is and that's the area where a lot of people give up is because they feel like they're not executing at the level that they want to be so I was and know that I guess that once you kind of you're gonna hit a point where you pass this gap once you put in enough work and hours and on your skills and you don't get discouraged that's right if any of you had kind of encountered that when you first started creating what were the ways that you were able to do that are you talking about like no well for me immediately looks like you know having to serve like a writer's nightmare is you have one scene you don't have anything else but I know you're talking about sort of like a breadth of depth of material right it's like are you trying to like how do you get past the one story you have to tell her I'm a little bit it was our glasses the first one to talk about that usually when you are when you first start get to be creative person it's because you can recognize like what stories resonate your ability to execute that isn't necessarily you basically create stuff that you don't feel is good enough because you're standing good is really really high I need me production value or writing value what do those just I think just in general whether it's its production horrendous what they see I got lucky though because I was writing other people's stuff you know I'm saying meanwhile I was writing my own a pilot's a long way telling my voices but I kind of learned to write that they had masters actually I think I'd say gonna take what normal marriage but it doesn't suck but so I learned to write other people's voices and stories and those people maybe hit those marks and in a comedy room especially the draft is never over until it's shot I mean you come in and sit it down there we go watch the run-through we come back up we're punching other jokes we go down there we're gonna do choke on the floor sometimes that night while we're shooting it will give another Joe will change it they'll go back to the magic too so it has for me that was the way to sort of also learn to kill your babies right you have to work in a room it might not be your script you got to get a better job that might kind of scene out that you love to nurture but it's like that kind of my hate so I I that was my luck and so I would encourage you maybe to work with like a writers group you know or a couple of best friends that you trust to tell you that something's great or something sucks but you also grow people can help you fix it so they can elevate you you know how can I make this script better and that's one of the things that I always do I'll read anything you guys want to send me I will read it I promise you it I don't know but I'll get back to but I will read it out anyway email address investments me whatever you want me read back and then I think I'm a production side of that go like once it's written on independent side and you're looking at I write very expensive I've been relying write script at you once we get to Russ into two hours introduce and they say how did you know how are we supposed to get a car chase in front of a police station at night right and things that but when I would I reduce my own expensive ass I've learned that you make friends with people who will assist so I've shot inside of a free courtroom in the downtown area that looks like somebody is going to jail I know how to authenticate what looks to be something expensive we've created we've built out sets so what happens is when you don't have the budget you have the friends who have the friends who have the friends we can get the police car or you have the best to use in the National Guard knows everybody in the city gives restaurants and stuff for free right hey can you bring your uniform because I got to do this arresting so essentially if you watched a lot of my stuff if I was on a studio it would cost so much money but I have mastered guerrilla filming I've mastered what it means to take something like this room and turn into the seven different things and find your community find your village you know work with all those people that are trying to be the same thing and you'll all pitch in together and then you'll get a pretty smooth team right oh thank you look we're doing this he's like you can't have my horses this time because some of what you're talking about like the kind of stuff I do is I have work with creative people on them on a spiritual life coach so that means I literally help you in your spiritual life and one of the things I do is I help people learn that they're creating things like your life you're creating it every day it's like you're making you know because if you've never lived this life before no one has and you've never lived this day before so literally every day you're creating life so no you can't make a mistake because you made it up but you're talking about judgment and you're talking about self – okay so your story needs to be like so important to you that you have to learn how to be kind to yourself and get it past writer's block is a really big deal in your and you when you're working with people you're talking about people saying they're writing their memoir okay so they're writing their actual story or they're writing their purpose or whole they're saying this is my vision this is no supposed to be here and and then that statistic your heart and it's like please learn so how do you how do you work with people over there yeah I'm glad that you thought that too because when I was listening your question my mind immediately went to mindset and having that support system around be able to be there when the times are tough because regardless of what you're creating especially when you're writing your story or regardless of how what we give that may end up in it's really exposing it's really vulnerable you have moments where you do not know why you started this project you have moments where you are related and so excited you can't wait til it's done but those are far and few between it's usually those really hard days so I think that there's so much to be said about finding like you say about our writers really get some kind of group of people that you can trust and Trust is the 100 percent key that it doesn't matter if they're writing something similar what you're doing it can be something completely different I don't think that really matters it's a matter of finding people that are around you that you can put your faith into they can provide kind of critique in criticism that you are okay and accepting or taking because when you publish your work again whatever format specifically especially memoirs you know if there are so many people that love you or stories about whatever attraction you might bang through their struggles trauma triumphs whatever might look like there's a lot of people that can really really resonate with what you're saying but it requires you to go really deep and I think a lot of times we start the process as service level and it's library this is my story it's very fact-based it's very like beginning middle end but the depth and what connects with a leader and what connects with an audience is that really really deep stuff that you have to just start ripping off band-aids and like picking at scabs and all kinds of very unpleasant stuff to get to that we leave raw emotional things that's gonna be what sells you know what sells across the board but it's not easy to get to so I think having a newly comedy support system and whatever a fashion that looks like was really kind of the pivotal piece wait for me it's different I still will be honest and tell you I don't feel I'm ready to the level I should be ready from book 1 to book two I struggled extraordinarily from book 2 to 3 I actually end up taking over a year off because my grandmother passed away and I just fell apart but I got lost in the shuffle I found I used to editors not one because of my big boo-boo with book bug and for me I'm kind of isolated so it is very hard for me to get or a lot of people strictly do print and if you don't do print I've alienated because I refuse to do print anymore the overhead is too high so I really do struggle to get a lot of people but the online community for me is a life saver and a huge effort so they all are like massive supporters for me and I can't thank them enough my wife is a huge support system my mother reads my stuff and yells at me profusely for who I've hurt or harmed but I also but for me a lot of when I do have that conflict and again so overwhelming that I cannot write that energy is so negative to me I have to put it out somewhere like talking to people sometimes doesn't help me so I will go biking I will my drive my wife to a movie where you know stupid whore if I'm just when giggling dies I will play video games because they are very cathartic especially Borderlands right now I do try to get it out but I also try to make it a very strict time frame because if I get stuck in that you're not going to see me for the next six months so you have to really regiment yourself because your friends can support you they can all be there for you you can tweet out to your heart's content they can text you you can have people read your stuff but if you don't get your head out of your own ass it's gonna be nothing so you have to be your own champion you have to fight for yourself okay all right so does anybody know a little bit of time remembers me so I rent a lot of fanfiction and I have a lot of ideas my friends are kind of encouraging me to try and write like an original novel but one of the things that's stopping me one of the reasons I really like fan fiction is because there's already characters and there's already like a world that you can draw from you know you need something to happen you can go to the show and be like dad I can take this know that you don't know that you know that it's my story so I guess how do you come up with all of that I have my kids but I just want to write fanfiction like you come up with characters yeah like how do you turn this DNA test it's in your head it's yeah it's already there and it's not trying to have to be looking crazy do you have it yeah like that sometimes I think I'm kind of psychotic don't kill me trust me I mean my wife sits there looks at me go where the did you come from I am I mean I will be sitting in my station with an idea I'll be looking they do if he had a gun in his pocket you could totally take out half of the New York City seconds right and then you come up with by the time the ride is over you know who's dead what top is on it and then how it's happening where we're gonna hide the body and anybody got your location because you were in the subway damn it didn't they under the train so I get out of my house well not enough but my wife says are you gonna wear those pajamas for two more days and she's like oh right somewhere else so I have a friend of mine who owns a bar nearby convenient and and I call it my satellite office and I go there and I write in this in this bar I can get up and walk around I know my computer's gonna be okay kind of cocktail it's conveniently located and I get on my head and I started hearing other voices and then the characters start talking to me because other people around me and I listen to their stories and I'm hearing laughter so he's crying about something or pissed off about something or watching a sports game under too loud and what has kill them but their voices will start talking to you it happens to me all the time sometimes I don't have an idea for show and all of a sudden I have an idea first scene and these characters are talking I'm like okay I'm along for the ride and they take me there I mean seriously I the bear scissors okay I come from a family of twins whoever's been my panels before has heard the story I come from a family of 20 or 4 sides of I deal with the twins on my mother's side of the family two generations lots of twins identical it's crazy and they name my name's – which is ridiculous my my mommy worth my remaining fame so so I mean I'm surrounded by twins and I when you like the twins the story but I didn't I didn't want it to the you know like the kids family I wanted it dark too it story and the reason I wanted to do that's because my mother's twin passed away and my mom is the one that sort of had to take her off life support and it traumatized her and the rest of her life she wanted to get here maybe were the trainer and and she said to me she was like killing myself and I'm like okay that's my story right so I had to frame it like old friend I was a wonderful writer he brought justified and which other shows grandiose he's amazing because you got Frank Frank I show a lot that he did what is it so he said how about this because what's the what's this thing that everybody gets and so we came up with what if Cain and Abel write it up between girls and you don't know until the end of the series which one kills the other one so that's my giant framework of this entire series but I got it back into it so but it helped me I now do what my ending was Kennedy so I sat down I started to write and he's these women started talking to me and so I would just you know think about what you know write what you know and then let them tell you what to say I mean they do if they don't they start talking it takes its own frame and it once you come out of that trance because it puts you in a trance-like State well you're right especially in your screenwriting because you have to see it and hear it has to look like it's going to play on the screen right so at the end of it like you start talking to yourself I'm talking back to them and you're like girl that's crazy and like they have their own personalities and they have their own access and access they have their own everything and you physically embody that as you're writing it and it's no longer so essentially if you're going to be an organic whatever it's going to be when there's going to be a mountain or whatever it is once you know what it is it'll write itself is going right for you yeah just racing it start writing something that's not somebody else's characters and see what happens so I'm gonna put it into like my coche frame Brady Haran and there's no way she's here you by doing this process that she just said you you're literally writing fanfiction of every story that you see so you you do it you hear the other thing they're saying the things so you were you're like and then you have to love them okay and then write it because every time you do this you're telling the story anyway you just really know that right one see this year that I wrote for Barrett Sisters estimator xx script was not the tragic dark scenes it was about one of the girls who's a cop this always tells my shows me who who hears that a longtime ex-boyfriend has come back to town that both twins dated so and the one kin is also bisexual which is fantastic because that gives me other room to write the story is how many time so that's the first thing I wrote was she finds out that he's in town she goes over to knock on the door he's not there she walks around the backyard he's sitting in a lawn chair like in his underwear with the sprinklers going because it's ass hot in the swamp to the bayous and he's drinking a beer and she comes she's standing there he goes are you coming in she takes out her clothes it's now her cousin sits in the lawn chair you know hoes he had surgery sick and then they start talking and at the end of the scene she's like you know asshole why'd you come back you know it's like and then you know and they told you they start talking to you it's weird find that weird thing let her talk to you that's good yes let me just say one thing you do need to write the story right got a break the taking class like if you mean it's like it's like I don't know how to do this thing right take a look you do a workshop you do yeah I mean they're all over a loan is a lot of streaming classes in container you can take a class so that you can understand the mechanics of writing and I just what you need to do don't be hemmed in by not telling the story because you don't know how right directions like seeing 1/4 mile road not to believe that right to replay or if you think about writing a book okay there's a lot if you go online there's lots of places where you can download screenplays absolutely right and you'll see what the structure is like and try to download a show like a TV show or a movie that you like and that way you'll see the style that's whether it's a half-hour sitcom or if it's an hour drama or whatever is you'll see how many acts call open there's a you know epilogue at the end or whatever and just look at that that will help you go that thing with the formatting show your head it's really the only thing you're just worried because you don't know actually how to do it you know that your program today 90% of the formatting but your story you got to get it out of your head do it do it so the answer to other questions is tight fit do not go they can't write since thank you

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