I’ve had a few ( of you ) Bloggers ask me to keep you updated with how my MA is going in Creative Writing.
One TMA (tutor marked assignment) emailed and submitted to the Open University .
Now I await the results.
I ended up doing 10 re-drafts!
My commentary had to focus on the creation process.
This is what I had to say – 500 words – this was the maximum word count we were allowed to write on 8 weeks of study, writing and personal research.
I won’t post the entire first 20 pages of my script ‘URBAN JUNGLE’
I will put down what I wrote in my commentary.
TMA 1- COMMENTARY – THE CREATIVE PROCESS
My passion in script writing lies in writing about themes, which affect society-politically. I want to raise awareness of this theme retaining social realism without it becoming an Agit -prop piece. I used more naturalistic theatre devices to engage an audience by appealing to emotions.
An audience needs to feel empathy. I expanded the piece into a love story, with the centralized characters having obstacles and goals that were not solely restricted by their homeless situation, but because of their own personality traits and motives. An example is Desire is naturally a caring and ambitious person. Leo is charming, has addiction issues and is more of an idealist.
Aspects of dramatic methods, which appeal to me, is the visual narration of the play. I use Brecht-like devices such as projectors, audio, light to govern the mood and reveal the story. I used episodic scenes to illustrate Desires flashbacks to when she lived at home. This doubles as an exposition tool to reveal backstory and create a sense of the inner and emotional conflict Desire is going through –personally and within the larger themes of the play.
I deliberately did not use many stage directions because I visualise this piece performed in an immersive theatre environment.
When I have performed in plays in this format as actor – the blocking scenes are the directors and actors job.
Tools that have helped me develop this script has been using a writer’s journal. The conception for this play came about when I was walking my local town, I walked past someone who looked homeless, was begging and he was texting on his mobile phone. My initial judgement was ‘how can a homeless person afford a mobile phone?’
This led me to reflect on my judgments and explore the true homeless crisis issue in our society.
Other obstacles I found challenging was plotting scenes. I use the flash back device, which resulted in the opening scene. I took the approach of David Mamet ‘get in the scene late, get out early’ (Neale D, A creative writing handbook-developing dramatic technique, individual style and voice pg. 87). I am receptive to advice given by Forum members about the plausibility of characters illnesses and researched this (please see bibliography) and amended character details in the Cast list. My characters and their lives required thorough research and aided me in realizing my characters.
I researched extensively on homeless teens, young carers, Herbie, and Marjorie’s disabilities (please refer to Bibliography, secondary resources)
This is a continuing piece, which I intend to develop further for my EMA. I decided an effective way to end the TMA was by adding an obligatory scene-usually used at the end of a play. (Polsky M., You can write a play, pg. 83) The mini obligatory scene in the library to end scene two, is a contrast in the environment and to the centralised characters situation. I found using the Librarian role character an effective way to create a dramatic clock, to conclude the end of the scene.
WORD COUNT 506
By Natasha Sonia Bodley ( Holliday)
10 days until I get my results.
Onto the next block – Part one of this TMA is to write a short fiction piece of 2000 words
Anybody know if Flash fiction can be 2ooo words ?
Does anyone have any ideas on a style of short story fiction I can concentrate on?
Has to be 2000 words (give or take 10% more or less.)
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