Monday, October 30, 2006

The Muster

For my own personal preparation, I've been consciously avoiding books that might influence my creative choices. I'd like my work to be as little derivative as possible and I fear that if I indulge my favourites to near my period of production, I might be more apt to unconsciously reproduce their idiosyncrasies.

I'm excited for my concept because I think it's a pretty original take on things; but I'm also highly conscious of how easily it could slip into trite cliche. I'm going to prepare a list to glance over at the end of each day - to keep myself from falling into common traps. Or at least I hope to keep myself from those traps.

I thought about glancing through Robert McKee's Story in preparation for the push, but ever the second-guesser, I decided that even that kind of influence was something I'd prefer to keep at distance - at least until the rough draft is complete.

For the most part, in these days leading up to 1 November 2006, I'm simply allowing my ideas to wash over me, occasionally grabbing on and fiddling with an interesting wisp or two. I'm excited but trying to be calm. I know that if I put too much personal jazz into my writing, I'll end up skewing whatever mood I'm attempting.

Deep breaths. That's the ticket.

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