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March 30, 2015
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Drama: November 12, 2008 Issue [#2707]


 This week:
  Edited by: StephBee
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#1 - The Greek word for "action."

#2 - A real situation or succession of events having the dramatic progression or emotional content of a play.

Dreams - the stuff of inspiration. You, as a writer, can mine your own dreams for dramatic inspiration. Dreams are full of high drama and situations that don't happen in everyday life. If you can harness your dreams, your dramatic inspiration will be unlimited.

Many good writers use their dreams for inspiration. Dreams allow us to escape. When we're awake, our logical responses take over - we act as we're expected to, moderating our responses. Ah, but when we dream, Queen Mab takes over. We do superhuman things, yell and fuss and enjoy excitable relationships.

When we model characters inspired by people around us or even in the movies, what can easily fall by the wayside is the emotional subtext. Dreams give you, the writer, access to the emotional truth your characters need, offer new ideas, and create powerful images which can inspire.

Since dreams are fleeting, the best way to capture them is by using a dream journal. Keep it close by and date it before you go to sleep. After your dream, write down all that you can remember in your journal.

To help organize your dreams, use folders based on genre, such as romantic dreams, scary dreams, etc.

When you write about your dreams, use quick words to capture the emotion. Sad, mad, glad, hurt, scared can be used for this. Then, once you're fully awake, expand on those emotions. Did the dream arouse you? Did you feel alienated? Happy? Confused? Scared? Take the intensity you felt and put it into your character's emotion.

Here's an example prompt:

DREAM: Running on the rocks
HOW USED: Running away from someone after me
TITLE: Getting Away

Dreams can help you bring insights, emotions, images, and creativity to your dramas if you let them.

Has a dream inspired you? Write in and tell us. If you have a static item inspired by a dream, send it in.

The next two scenes for our working play, "War and Wine," have been added. Feedback welcome. There's only one scene left to add now.

ID: 1452559 (13+)
War and Wine 
Young Edmund Huet struggles to maintain his family's vineyard during World War II.
by StephBee

Reference material for this newsletter came from:

Making a Good Writer Great: A Creativity Workbook for Screenwriters   (Rated: E)
ASIN: 1879505495
ID #109652
Product Type: Book
Reviewer: StephBee
Review Rated: ASR
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Amazon's Price: $ 12.46
You Save: $ 2.49

Results of the Hot Drama Poll for SEP/OCT

QUESTION: What shows are you watching because you consider them good "drama?"

#1 - House
#2 - Dirty Sexy Money

Here are some Drama items on WDC:

 ID: 1484802 (13+)
Spontaneous Decision 
Awarded 8th Place (Mainstream Category) in the 77th Annual Writer's Digest Competition.
by StephBee

ID: 1492848 (E)
The Asylum  
Come wander the twisted corridors housing my shorter works. Short stories in many genres.
by Adriana Noir

 ID: 1492608
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by Not Available.

ID: 1492966 (E)
Dark Tomes  
The dreary catacombs that house my longer tales and those in progress.
by Mara ♣ McBain

 ID: 1410735 (E)
by imaginations

 ID: 1492689 (E)
A look at a relationship affected by war
by Journalista6

Push Not the River   (Rated: 13+)
ASIN: 0312311532
ID #109634
Product Type: Book
Reviewer: StephBee
Review Rated: 13+
  Story Plot:
  Length of :
  Overall Quality:
Amazon's Price: $ 18.99

Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir   (Rated: ASR)
ASIN: 1416535020
ID #109344
Product Type: Book
Reviewer: Joy
Review Rated: E
  Length of :
  Overall Quality:
Amazon's Price: $ 25.00

The House of the Spirits   (Rated: 18+)
ASIN: 0553273914
ID #107479
Product Type: Book
Reviewer: Elisa, Bunny Stik
Review Rated: ASR
  Story Plot:
  Length of :
  Overall Quality:
Amazon's Price: $ 7.99

Some Drama Activities here on WDC:

ID: 1421907 (E)
The Play's The Thing 
A contest for script writers. Winners announced. New round open.
by StephBee

ID: 1309038 (E)
Dramatically Speaking 
25 terms for 25 issues of the drama newsletter
by Elisa, Bunny Stik

ID: 1394242 (13+)
Drama Forum 
For those of us drama queens and kings, a forum to swap writing ideas and post questions
by Joy

 ID: 1482259 (ASR)
Hot Drama Poll  
Poll Questions about Drama topics.
by StephBee

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Great newsletter, Steph. Smile
You're so right when you say adding shadows to a character deepens it. Just like in painting. Two dimensional anything seems like it has depth. Smile

Great analogy. I agree - it's like a painting and the more shadows, the more depth.

StephBee is a 911 Dispatcher for LAPD. Her story, "The Watch Tower," was an Honorable Mention in the 77th Writer's Digest Writing Competition. You can find her story in the HORROR SHORT STORIES folder in her port here on WDC.
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