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…”