With this video project I was the first one to post remarks after it was uploaded and found it reassuring that the things that I felt needed edited in the draft were very similar to the things that other students mentioned later on in their comments.
The first and most commonly agreed upon change was that the title and final credits did not stay on the screen long enough so I went in and adjusted their positions and made them last longer to make it easier to read. I also adjusted the final credits position so it appears that they are scrolling out of the top of the pages of the background book.
The next thing that was mentioned was that the picture of JK Rowling was moving across the screen far to quickly to recognize her. What I did for this was remove the motion and instead had her picture appear in the center of the screen and simply fade out to the George RR Martin picture. This allowed more face-time for the photo.
Mentioned by one of my peers was a glitch during that same scene which I found to be an accidental transitional error so it has also been corrected in order to make the entire scene flow smoothly with nothing to distract the viewer.
The final thing that I changed was the fade in and out of the interview clip. Despite it being an artistic choice to originally have it do that, I understood the remarks that stated it was slightly distracting so I had the bookshelves remain with a higher opacity and left the interview clip without any fading.
I really enjoy the final product on this project and appreciated the feedback that I received in order to make this a video that is not only informative, but also appealing to the viewer.
For my video sequence I wanted to portray that with all of the numerous thoughts that a new writer can read on the ways that one must go about becoming a successful writer, the key is always to simply know why you want to write.
Whether it be the proper process to create a good plot, or the thought that an outline is vital to the creation and flow of a great story, or that a professional editor is a necessity to the success of your novel, the simple truth is that there is no set way to become successful, so with that one needs to be sure that they are writing for the simple pleasure of writing.
The video explains this thought in the intro and beginning portions and talks briefly about how important it is to discover the reason that each writer has for writing. Whether that be for others to read, to make a million sales, to be famous or to just put the ideas that are floating around in their heads onto paper for others to hopefully enjoy, knowing your reason is the first step in being a better and more successful writer.
After this is discussed an interview is played that shows famous author Khaled Hosseini discussing his own personal reasons for becoming a writer and why he still pursues that dream. It gives us beginners the chance to see that even those that are New York Times bestselling authors still write for very similar reasons that we wish to.
The video ends by reiterating that simply loving to write is the first step, and that the rest is a trial and error situation. I have tried self-editing and I have tried professional editors, I have self-published and am now trying to work with a larger publishing firm. We all have the things we love and the things that bother us in the business. The key is to simply find what works for you and remember that no matter how hard it gets, you write because you love to write.
Outline for Final Video Segment
- Opening Credits
- Fade into a person typing on Microsoft Word
- Narration begins
- Script talks about the reason why we love to write
- During typing video, pictures of authors come onto screen to match up with script
- JK Rowling
- George RR Martin
- Nicholas Sparks
- Typing video fades out and interview with Khaled Hussein fades in
- During interview, background photo of books on shelf fade in
- Background fades out as interview comes to an end
- Scanning video of books on a shelf transitions in
- Conclusion narration about knowing why you write
- Video fades to end credit photo
- End credit photo transitions in, credits roll onto screen
- Video ended with clip of a computer screen and someone typing “The End…”
When first approaching the creation of this audio segment I was unsure of the direction that it should be taken. I wanted to talk about writing creatively, but that does little for narrowing down what to speak of in a short 3 minute or less segment. After much debate I decided it is always best to start from the beginning… writing.
I didn’t have much experience in creating professional sound clips because even as a music journalist in the past I had only used clips from the artists performing so I was concerned about how I was going to do this. I decided that a good tactic would be to find a great interview from an author and work around that.
I was able to find a video recording created by Khaled Hosseini which he recorded himself in 2008. In the video he talks about his process in creative writing and what has worked for him in his writing career. I loved the clip, which was 2 minutes long, but my next challenge was picking a short 30 second clip from the piece. I found what I was looking for precisely and edited out the segment using Audition. I added in my introduction and posted as a draft for the assignment.
I was anxious for feedback and the opportunity to see what other classmates had created. Upon listening to other posts I found that many had the same issue with transitions as I did, but I also found that the ones that added music or sound effects at the introduction and conclusion of their clip seemed to grab and hold my attention far more. So I decided to add this aspect to my own segment.
The sound of a typewriter beginning and ending my segment seemed to give it an element of depth that it was initially missing. I loved it. I also adjusted my transitions a little to allow them to flow more free and slightly increased the volume of the interview section to more evenly portray the leveling.
Overall I know this isn’t perfect, but with the feedback my peers provided I was able to create something informative that is worth listening to.
Last year in October I decided that I wanted to try something to boost my creative writing output dramatically. I had heard about the NanoWrimo competition that challenged people to write 50,000 words in the month of November and thought I would give it a try. I signed up and the last week of October I spent very minimal time thinking about the plot of my hopeful novel.
Life got in the way, as it sometimes does and I started the month of November far behind. Though after pushing myself to catch up I finished my 52,000 word novel on the 30th of the month. I enjoyed the novel so much that it is currently with a professional editor to prep it for publishing. The satisfaction that it gave me to complete an entire novel in 30 days was incredible.
A few years ago I started my first novel. I would spend hours completing an outline that would work and stacking all of the details and by the time I was ready to actually write I was nearly burnt out on the idea. Not to mention the outline seemed to need updated after every chapter.
The point of those two stories is that it needs to be clear that there is no set way to write and to be an author. Some authors spend hours researching before they type a single word while others are publishing a book every 2 months. Everyone has a different perspective on the right way to do it. One thing that is always very clear though is that in order to be successful as a writer… you must write.
Now is the time. For all of you that are reading this and want to be a writer… I am waiting to read what you have created. Award winning author Khaled Hosseini takes a few moments of his day to talk to us about the process that is comfortable for him to write.
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When I created my initial logo the process in which I posted stated:
Considering that creative writing is the foundation of this site I thought having a book as my logo’s foundation seemed an obvious choice. I created it using Adobe Illustrator. I created a rectangle, added color gradient and blur then finally arced
the image. After that I copied the image, flipped it and aligned it with the first image, which gave me the spine and covers of the book. After that I added two lines, slightly shorter than the covers and arced them. After copying these and aligning them off the spine the appearance of pages was relevant. I then added a drop shadow to the entire book image and grouped them together. I added the business name in all capped letters below the symbol and faded in a sun behind the logo for the inspirational aspect.
After reading through the feedback that I received from my fellow students and instructor I made a few small changes to really make the logo stand out. I went back into the design and attached the pages to the spine of the book while also shortening a couple pages to make them all touch the outer rim of the sun. I also made the sun more prominent by increasing its visibility. By the feedback I read from my instructor I changed the font to make it something that will convert to a smaller scale more easily.
After completing these steps I am really impressed with the final product. Some of the things that my feedback provided me I truly had not thought about in my initial design. I think that by getting the perspectives of multiple it allowed me to further think outside of the box and fine tune my logo to be something worth marketing.
In the creation of a logo to represent my creative writing project website, I tried to think about what it is that drives me to continue to write, to want to inspire others and to help others in finding their own path. Much the same process as developing an idea to write a story about, I used much of my own thoughts to create it. I did not go to other sites for ideas, I did not find inspirations based on the work of others. I wanted something simple, something that could be remembered by anyone that sees it and finally I was hoping to reach those inspirational receptors within our minds.
Considering that creative writing is the foundation of this site I thought having a book as my logo’s foundation seemed an obvious choice. I created it using Adobe Illustrator. I created a rectangle, added color gradient and blur then finally arced the image. After that I copied the image, flipped it and aligned it with the first image, which gave me the spine and covers of the book. After that I added two lines, slightly shorter than the covers and arced them. After copying these and aligning them off the spine the appearance of pages was relevant. I then added a drop shadow to the entire book image and grouped them together. I added the business name in all capped letters below the symbol and faded in a sun behind the logo for the inspirational aspect.
I think that the simplicity of the logo will make it an easy thing to remember for the reader. I also feel that the elements used within the logo are al individually important to the creative writer while being, as a complete logo, something that represents the entire premise of this site and my goals.