Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Workout Wednesday

Yep, the middle of the week. Right in the middle. No closer to the end than the beginning. This week hasn't been the most productive. I'm hoping I get an awesome editing session in today. My freeze is starting to thaw a tiny bit so I'm hoping I can get into the groove and kick some butt. I'm also hoping my book reading speeds up. It seems like when one thing slows down, another picks up. It happens with everything. Focus on kids--the house is dirty. You know how it goes. I've also been watching a little more TV.
The shows I've been following:

1. Storage Wars

2. Grimm

3. Once Upon A Time

4. Ghost Hunters

5. Bones

A mixed bag. It's hard for me to pick up a new show, though. I started to watch Lost Girl on Syfy and have been told to check out Being Human. The problem is-- I compare shows I used to love to these newbies.

Ahh my favorite vamps. Plus, David Boreanaz is a local celeb.

Buffy and Angel were my favorites. *sigh* Really, JossWhedon = genius (George Lucas falls into this category too). The funny thing is--I loved them so much I wrote a new character for the series, Angel (2 journals full). I even dreamt that I'd send my character to Joss Whedon and he'd love it so much, he'd put it
into the show. It was only a dream because my self-confidence was minus zero so nothing happened there, but a great writing exercise came out of it.

What is it, you ask? Develop a whole new character for a show you love and write them in, maybe make new stories/episodes. It works for movies too. I've done it many times. You can play with emotion, senses, actions, dialogue, etc. You learn to write a character with characters you are familiar with. Plus, it's fun. You can even imagine it's you and write how you would interact with the characters on your favorite show. I've never tried it with a reality show, though.
So, have you tried writing a new character for your favorite TV show? Any favorite writing exercises you'd like to share?

In the news: Go here to learn more about an opportunity for a query critique from Elana Johnson. Yes, the Elana Johnson. There's this big event NiNoCon going on February 4th. Elana will be talking about writing a killer query and a few folks will be able to get a critique by this lovely lady.

Have a great day!


  1. I haven't tried that but I think fanfiction would be fun to write!

  2. That's a great idea! And you know what, a few years ago I wrote in a character for LOTR and a continuing story after the ROK. I'll admit it had a bit to do with my crush on But hey it was super fun! :)

  3. What a fun writing exercise! And yay for Buffy and Angel (though Spike wasn't half bad, either). :)

  4. My hubby and I love Storage Wars. If you haven't heard of it, Shipping Wars is pretty good, too.

  5. Fan fiction is great practice. I've never done it myself, but my daughter writes a lot of it, and she loves it!

  6. I've never written any fan fiction. Joss Whedon IS a genius though - he created Firefly.
    And Pawn Stars is a favorite of mine right now.

  7. I can't say I have tried this. I don't watch much tv these days, other than to get in my fill of Criminal Minds (on DVD). And I know I can't write for that show. Cool idea, though.

  8. I haven't done so, but I agree: Joss Whedon is a genius. I miss having one of his shows on TV.

  9. Let's see. My 11 year old daughter is hooked on Storage Wars. She has the episodes DVR'd and I have to admit they're pretty interesting.

    Grim ... I didn't like the pilot, so I bagged it. I did like Once Upon a Time, but I'm not sure my DVR recorded any episodes after the sheriff was killed. Better check on that. How many have I missed?!

    As for Ghost Hunters, I *ought* to be watching that. Why aren't I????

  10. I love Spike (still have the huge poster on my kitchen door, and the statue and the ... okay, I'll stop now!)

    I really like this idea. I think I would have liked to add a character to 'Lost', 'cause, you know, that show was really short on characters :-)