Writer's Block: The Movie-Like Mind

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Writer's Block: The Movie-Like Mind

Post by BinaryEye101 » 19 Nov 2017, 19:52

Working on a book can be difficult, but viewing the actions of your characters can be even more complicated. As a suggestion to new authors around the globe, try the "movie view". The "Movie View" or "Movie Mind" as many prefer to call it, is the idea of putting yourself in your own personal theater and watching your book as though it were a movie. The actions of the characters, the perceptions, the points of view, all come from what you would experience in this "movie mind". I often tend to use this mindset when I write, even as an "invisible" author, in order to put myself in the place of the characters of my story. In replacing a character in your story, or even acting as the narrator, based on how your novel shall work, it depends on how you feel at the time. What character will you take over, or in the sense..."experience", based on the emotional values you are holding and how you can use them to manipulate your perceptions. As an example: If I am calm and I simply want to escape from a boring moment in a commonplace job, I would situate myself on a chair and turn my mind to other matters. Turning my mind away likely looks more of the term "zoning out" or "blank stare" to others around me, as they have expressed when they have interrupted my moments of "movie mind". I do believe that other authors around the globe have experienced this style of thinking, and would love to comment on their experiences with it as well.

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Post by vaz222 » 20 Nov 2017, 23:22

Actually, yes! I have always been accused of "zoning out" far too often but it's actually what you just described! Great advice!

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Post by RooLynn521 » 04 Dec 2017, 18:54

I do this for literally every scene I write. If its something funny, I may accidentally laugh out loud, earning myself a spew of confused stares. If it's sad, my husband will ask me if I'm okay. People who are close to me have learned to leave me be when I do this.

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Post by scullen » 09 Dec 2017, 04:18

I don't think I'd be able to write at all without falling into "Movie Mind". Sometimes I have the tendency to zone out like you said and fall into it at inopportune times, but I can't help it when an idea hits me! It's also a great cure for writer's block, trying to picture what happens next, as long as I don't get too caught up in it. Although I don't only look at it as viewing my words on the big screen, sometimes I'm actually in[/] the movie myself. For me that's the easiest way to get into one of my character's voices. I sort of act out what they're doing to ensure I'm writing them true to the person I've described them as and written them to be before. It's a strange habit if anyone ever catches you do it, but it's really helped me with my writing and making my character's different from one another.

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