By Britney Pieta
When you think of a highly intense or emotional scene in a movie or T.V. show, you may wonder to yourself how it would have played out if there was a different main emotion that the characters felt. You may even imagine scenarios in your mind when something bad happens to you and how it would have been different if you reacted angrily versus in a happy state of mind. Thinking in various emotional angles can help you find the best emotion when writing out a scene because this influences how people perceive your story. Here is an example to help you understand what I mean by different emotional angles.
Scenario: A breakup between a young boy and a girl who are deciding to end their relationship….
Angry: I wish I never met you!…I’m wasting my time even talking with you right now!
Annoyed: Why do you always have to be like this?…Sometimes I don’ t know whether to hate you or love you!
Sad: There won’t be a day that goes by where I won’t think of you…I only wish we could give this another chance…But I understand if this is what’s best for us.
Surprised: I can’t believe this is happening….Why are you telling me this now?
Confused: But I thought we were such a good couple! You are not making any sense…
Happy: I am so glad this is over! I am free at last!
Try this out on your own and see how by just changing the emotional angle you can change the ultimate feelings you will also evoke in your audience.
The Creator Archetype
By Britney Pieta
What comes to your mind when you think of a creative person? Do any of the following attributes listed below pop out or stand out at you? If you are a writer than you would very much likely have some of the characterizations as described by Carl Jung for this soul type!
Motto: If you can imagine it, it can be done
Core desire: to create things of enduring value
Goal: to realize a vision
Greatest fear: mediocre vision or execution
Strategy: develop artistic control and skill
Task: to create culture, express own vision
Weakness: perfectionism, bad solutions
Talent: creativity and imagination
The Creator is also known as: The artist, inventor, innovator, musician, writer or dreamer.
Now go ask all your creative friends if this archetype sounds a little, a lot, or exactly like them!
By Britney Pieta
Get ready to get out your old fashioned dictionary! This exercise involves picking out words at random—whether you know them or not— and creating a paragraph from the words you have selected.
1. Using the letters of your last name and first name, pick one word that starts with each letter of both of your names from that letter’s section in the dictionary. It can be any word and it may be fun to close your eyes and see where your finger lands.
2. Next, compose a short paragraph describing your perfect or ideal day as a writing prompt. Write the vocab words in descending order as how your full name is spelled.
Here is my example:
B R I T N E Y P I E T A
For my perfect day I would be benevolent to others, rescuing all the lost kittens, and infecting others with my warm tingly hugs. Then I would pick some wildflowers and embellish my house with lots of yellow daffodils and pink lilies. After I would get on my hands and knees in the sunlight and pray for world peace, while asking God to intervene for those who are suffering. Next I would use my empathic skills and touch others hearts by writing letters or sending heartfelt emails. Lastly I would gaze up at the sky and be in awe at how wonderfully good this day turned out.