The Difference Between a Writer and an Actor: The Muse

I think that there is a reason that Actors and Directors and whatever end up doing what they do, and writers and script writers end up doing what they do.

I think it’s mainly the mindset of the person in question, when their muse kicks them in the face.

Two people are thinking. They are, for some reason, thinking of a fight scene.

Perhaps those two people are angry at someone for eating their cereal (perhaps even their roommates), or are in a bad mood because of exams and in their inner imagination, imaginary them is kicking imaginary Exam’s ass all across a papery, lead smudged landscape. Either way, one imaginary character is beating up another imaginary character.

Your Muse is one character. There is no choice in this, it is just so.

Sometimes you are in the mindset of your Muse character, YOU are the muse. In imaginary situations like these, you are working with your Muse towards an ultimate creative goal, towards that intensely interesting idea or image that’s been niggling at the back of your mind for a while now. Like the idea to mix Baileys and eggnog, or to go to BulkBarn and buy a lot of wafer sticks and chocolate to try to make a gigantic KitKat bar… The other is some other representation.

Sometimes you are the referee in the fight, or just a spectator. As a referee, you can stop and rewind the match, redo parts if you will. As a spectator you’re letting things go on, rooting for your Muse against this imaginary menace. In this situation you are reviewing ideas you’ve had for a while, pairing them together with other ideas that you’ve had at some point.

Occasionally you are facing your Muse. It is in these situations that it is actually your Muse who initiates this daydream. It is in these situations you wish you hadn’t always imagined your Muse as such a bad-ass. This situation arises when you have been neglecting your Muse, and haven’t been letting the creative juices flowing.

To get these creative juices flowing, your muse will kick you in the face.

Watch as the juices flow.

But back to the two people.

Regardless of what sort of match up this is, these two people see an amazing move, something realistic that looks too cool to NOT be expressed in some way.

So, Person Z starts thinking about how they could possibly imitate that move, how they could possibly train for it. If Person Z has training in some sort of fighting, they will think about the other moves that they could possibly combine to do that move, they will try looking up fake fighting techniques (on Google or YouTube or anything else) to see if they could incorporate anything into pulling this off. They might also then imagine themselves pulling the move off in some sort of dramatic play or something.

Person 26, on the other hand, will think about how they could possibly describe that move. Those combinations of actions. How could they write it in such a way that the reader could fill in any gaps, how could they make it so that it wouldn’t seem stunted or stuttering, choppy? Person 26 will try writing it down to edit later, and/or will try reading or watching something with an action scene in it, to get their mind working in such a way that they will be able to write this action, or actions, in a way that flows. They will try to imagine what kind of plot they could use this in.

To show that I didn’t have any preference between the two, I didn’t name them A and B or 1 and 2 or X and Y or anything else that has a first one and then the other kind of connotation or connection.

Person Z is the actor, and Person 26 is the writer.

While the two may mix (example: John Green [writer] and his sort-of acting on a vlog [Brotherhood 2.0 or vlogbrothers]), your muse will, in some way, prefer to have you try to express the ideas they promote in SOME way, eventually.

I realized this a little earlier, while daydreaming in between studying, and realized that somewhere someone else is probably having a daydream as well, and might be thinking about acting it out instead of writing it out like I was thinking of doing.

I realize that from my title I’m kind of implying that the difference between an actor and a writer is their Muse, but everyone’s Muse is similar. It’s just the way that people use and react to their muses that’s different.

Muses will become lazy, or overactive, or will have a muse crash, or will be suddenly into that genre that you don’t actually like or write or whatever that often, or will be so into a certain thing that you end up blowing off other things to try to get it out of your and your Muses systems…

And I’m not trying to say that your Muse will always show you things via intense fighting, but I am saying that your muse, if you ignore it will kick you in the face.

Ka-POW! The creative juices are now flowing. (you are not the Zebra, you are the lion that just got pwned)

P.S. Update on studying: IT SUCKS! But is getting done. It is the shit hitting the fan in my mind. It’s everywhere.

NaNoWriMo to the Extreme-Oh

This is a shout out to all NaNoWriMo participants! Regardless of where you are, this is a GO YOU! Kind of thing!

This is also to see how many People who Blog also NaNo!

For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. This is a month-long event, whereupon you are challenged to site a novel in one month–more specifically, a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. In the states, I believe that the minimum number of pages that will be accepted as a novel, is about 25o pages in the book (picture a book right now. Do not picture 250 pages of word document pages, or whatever program you usually write on), which amounts to about 50,000 words.

Yeah, you who do not NaNo (yet!) look at that number and say “Um, NO.”

What you do not realize though, is that 50,000 words/30 days means about 1667 words/day…

That is a little more than 1 page of writing per day.

One girl last year finished in 5 days, since she challenged herself to write 10,000 words/day, but I wouldn’t hold up your writing style to her. At the TGIO (Thank God it’s Over) end of the month party, she read a part of what she wrote, and it was kind of crap. It was full of “And then she flew, and flew some more, and then she soared for a bit, and then dove down, down until the last moment, and then she pulled up and flew a bit more…”

Yeah, I wasn’t terribly impressed. In general, you DO want to write as much as you can, and then edit after November, but THIS particular writing style is the style of How-Can-I-Squish-In-More-Words?

Yeah, it’s impressive that she wrote a little more than 300,000 words in the month, but why would you want a free printing of something that you didn’t even bother going to a thesaurus for?

What? I didn’t mention that part yet?

Well yes, the goal for NaNoWriMo is to encourage people to write that book that they’ve always thought about writing, but never had the time/encouragement to actually start, but the bonus for actually reaching the 50k mark is a free, book bound print of your book.

Free.

FREE.

Now that I’m a University student, I can appreciate that part of it a LOT more.

So even if you don’t think you’ll be able to write 50 Thousand words this coming November, sign up, it’s free, has events where you can meet people who also enjoy writing (People of Toronto, You will meet Earl, and will be able to write out How he will Die in your novel. He’s awesome and funny, and writing how he dies in your novel is one of the main jokes of Toronto’s Nano crowd.).

The all night write in, Write on a Subway, The numerous Cafe write ins, the Midway party, the TGIO party, yes, all of this you could go to.

More information can be found at their website, nanowrimo.org. Sign up, and join your home region to get info on where/wen all the events are.

What do you get when you shove 50+ writers into a cafe?

A number of people making jokes about how they should all go to a bar instead.

 

I wrote this because I realized that I had to add Ottawa as one of my regions… What a change up…

Also, if you Nano in Ottawa, add me as a friend! Doodled93 people! I’ve had to move from Toronto, and I know NO Nanoers here!