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This quarter I decided to give myself some creative leeway which prompted me to enroll in a class that would cultivate my artistic abilities. Intro to Screenwriting is presenting me with the opportunity to master the art of writing dramatically for motion pictures. I mean let’s be honest, I love sitting down with 1 or 7 bags of Doritos while watching a flick…but actually developing a solid idea for a film is a tricky thing. With the help of DC 201, I have been learning how to develop the correct format, visual writing style, scene, character, and dialogue for a screenplay. 

Every day we start the class discussing movies or shows we have watched over the weekend, which is the most entertaining way to begin a lecture. We are talking about pure entertainment, people. These conversations have brought to light how many films I have yet to see (and also how little time I have to watch movies). We learn these things through a series of writing exercises. I don’t physically exercise because…no… so writing exercises are going to have to do.

I like the feeling of having somewhere to go without moving anything but my fingers.  Creative writing is like giving birth to a world where you make the rules and the possibilities are boundless. When I write, I pull from personal experiences and mix and mash them with silly ideas that are not allowed in the typical “formal” college writing style.

The thing my teacher stresses the most is to never be boring. No, not every synapse that comes out of my brain is a solid idea, but this class had taught me to run with my gut feeling and develop something regardless of my confidence in the idea. In the end, the opportunity to write creatively gives me the opportunity to express my inner feelings and experiences through the creation of as story.

I never realized how important it is to have a creative outlet until I neglected it for so long. By no means is this class a blow off, but it utilizes parts of my brain that have been dusty while I’ve been busy critically analyzing philosophical texts and peer reviewed sources.

Try to remember that the classes you pick don’t have to be rigid all the time, especially at the beginning of your college career. Open electives and fulfilling learning domains are great opportunities to play around with different interests that might not run parallel to your desired major. Keep creativity and humor in the mix because it definitely takes the pressure off of stressful course work when you know at least one assignment is going to be about Guy Fieri falling in love with a strip of bacon.

Happy writing!
 
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