2020.02.02 North Rhine-Westphalia, written by Kuna
Hi guys and hello February～! ❄️☃
J️anuary passed very quickly, but, a fair amount of progress has been made too! What I’m particularly satisfied with is the script, which is also the major accomplishment of this past week. 🌟
In this post I’ll also share the “productivity method” I use when writing, maybe someone will find it useful! ( ° ω °*)
Writing Tokyo Days: a log
This past week I tackled the script for the second chapter of PBS. The initial draft for it is dated 2012/2013, and I first started revising it one year ago.
■ The good thing about the 2012 version is: I already had a clear vision of the characters and their interactions, to the point that, when revising the script, I could leave most of the witty dialogue exchanges untouched.
■ The things to revise were: the script was completely unpolished and, more importantly, the characters lacked the appropriate reactions to events. I’m going to talk about this last part in the following paragraph.
A very important part of delivering a story is, of course, conveying information about what’s happening. However, there’s often a lot going on, and the narration risks to become an endless chain of topics and explanations.
A writer’s ability should, therefore, make the manuscript looks less like a Wikipedia page and more like a tale that unfolds naturally and feels real.
I learned that what plays an important part in achieving this is the reactions of the characters. Each character is sensible in their own way and touched by particular topics which awake certain emotions within them. If this aspect lacks, my script really turns into a log of events and explanations…
In the first and second draft of Tokyo Days reactions were not completely in place. And this was because my main focus was to deliver my list of information to the player. This happens pretty often to me and results in rewriting the same scene several times until I skim the unnecessary to a crisp. Well, I believe this is pretty common to writers, isn’t it? ( ´σ `*)
So this is what my writing process usually looks like:
■ I make a bullet list of the information I must convey through the scene.
■ Follows a first, a second, a third draft, etc. Every time I add details and reactions, and cut what’s not needed, until the scene is optimized. 👌
Sounds easy but it gives me a headache every time, ahah.
Productivity gimmick: tomatoes!🍅🍅🍕
This method is Italian made, and it’s called the Pomodoro (=tomato) technique!🍅😜 I think that it’s very well spread, but if you have never heard of it, maybe you might find my explanation interesting.
Basically, you work for 25 minutes and then take a short break (ideally 5 minutes), and then you go again for 25 minutes. Every interval of 25 minutes is called “tomato”.
There are various apps that helps you keeping track of time, I use BeFocused.
I’m mainly an artist and I love drawing and painting. Writing is enjoyable as well, but it requires more effort and focus from someone like me. When a task is demanding I tend to procrastinate, which is exactly what happens with writing:
■ Whenever I achieve a good result I want to stop because it costed me a lot to get there. I’m afraid that I won’t replicate it, and any further effort will go wasted.
■ If I think of spending the entire morning writing, I feel blocked as well, because it seems impossible to stay put for all those hours and churn enough results out.
So I divide my time in little slots. I know that I only need to work for the next 25 minutes, so I just focus on it. Moreover, there’s a reward at the end of it: I can spend 5 minutes doing something I like (I usually watch videos or play through; it must be something that I really enjoy to do).
I previously used this method to write the demo of PBS within its deadline, and it’s working this time, too. I could use the app for any other task but I found that it best works for writing, at least for me. ♡( ゜ー ゜*)
I hope you could find this topic interesting. The first scene of Tokyo Days still needs a couple of revisions, but it’s completely written and works very well. I’m so hyped about it that I can’t wait for everyone to read it! ( o´ﾉωﾉ`o*)
Thank you so much for hanging out! See you next! ( ´ゝ∀･`*)ﾉｼ