The Improv

Last week I watched “The Improve, 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall”. It was a series of interviews with many of the comedians that had had caught their break at the legendary comedy club. I didn’t realize how many of them knew each other from that place, how many of them started together, and how small the comedian community is, in reality. Bette Midler, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Jay Leno, Bill Mahr, they all had time in front of the Brick Wall.

One thing that really caught me was Judd Apatow saying he would sit and write his comedy sketches, spending hours doing it, and at the time, he was living with Adam Sandler. One day Adam Sandler said to him, “What are you doing?” Judd responded, “I’m writing.” Sandler asked, “At a desk?”

That made me laugh for a good while; but, it also made me think.

Everyone has their own process, clearly at the time Adam Sandler didn’t find merit in sitting and writing jokes, some people just do better on their feet. I read about people doing outlines, spending hours sketching out their stories before ever hitting a single keystroke. I’m more in the Sandler club when it comes to creating but definitly in the Apatow club when it comes to editing.

Outlining has never worked for me. I’ve always sat down and things just flow out, almost as if I have no control over it. My mind begins to wander and out pour my words. They are definitely not always roses, which is why you have to go back and edit and read, and re-write. Editing is where my creative work really starts. One method is not better than the other, the method that works for you or works for a particular story is the best method. Regardless of the method though, the work has to be put in to get the result.

Your Homework: Try a new writing method, whether it’s by outlining, free-writing, or doing bullet points, try out something new and see how it gets that pen moving!

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Rugged Maniac (Boone Hall Farm)

 

 

Look at those muddy laces!
Rugged Maniac 5K

 

I’m alive. It’s Sunday morning as I write this; yesterday, I participated in the Rugged Maniac at Boone Hall Farm in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The scrapes on my legs are raw, the bruises are forming, and I feel like Godzilla used me to play basketball.

I have never seen so much mud. The smell was far from great, but the positive energy of my fellow Maniac’s was intoxicating. I climbed under barbed wire in frigid brown water, climbed ten-foot walls, rope climbed myself out of a ditch, slid down a giant slide, and fell victim to The Gauntlet, landing in chest-deep ice water.

It was in the 40’s, with clear blue skies, and a sporadic wind that would whip up at the least convenient of times. To begin the race, you have to clear a five-foot wall, and then run (or fast walk) a mile to your second obstacle. There are a total of 25 obstacles, though I was disappointed they didn’t have the Pyromaniac – I was actually really looking forward to leaping over flames.

Crossing the Sneaker Catcher was comedic, in restrospect. I hit a bubble and my left foot disapeared, bringing me to a halt.  A girl pulled up short behind me and also got stuck. A fellow Maniac (a burly bald man, to whom I will forever be grateful) pulled us both out, and then dug around in the mud until he recovered my missing sneaker. I one-shoed it until I found actual water to rinse it with and then jammed my foot back into it. I had tied the laces so tight in an effort to prevent feeding the Sneaker Catcher, that I nearly couldn’t get my foot back into the shoe (obviously untying double knotted mud-covered laces, with mud-covered hands was not an option).

I did not complete every obstacle but I did complete the 5K and earn my free beer and my ribbon. I had an amazing time, and I am very motivated to hit the gym. I will definitely return next year to the muddiest place on earth (well, by my standards).

Your Homework: What have you done lately to get out of your comfort zone? Your writing is inspired by the life you live – so go live it, and use it to influence your next story.

Saturday: The Spark will update tomorrow. Come back next Friday for a new post!

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Dexter – Full on Spoiler Alert – Book Review of “Darkly Dreaming Dexter”

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It’s difficult to separate Showtime Dexter from paper Dexter, especially when Michael C. Hall is on the cover of my book. I’ve watched the first few seasons ( in marathon mode ) on Netflix and I’ll admit to having moral conflicts while getting to know the characters. However, there is a definite turning point when you stop feeling conflicted for understanding a serial killer, and become his cheerleader, urging him onto his next kill.

Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter is more of a sociopath than the neighborly Showtime Dexter. They’re both killers, but Lindsay’s Dexter has fewer qualms about it. The brotherly bond that guides Dexter to his long-lost murderous sibling is a bit exhausting with its ability to find clues; but, it is a useful vehicle, nonetheless. I enjoyed the Dark Passenger’s laugh, the lizard brain, but I missed the Deborah Morgan from Showtime. Showtime Deborah is smarter, equally passionate, and hot-tempered; but definitely, smarter (choice of lovers aside).

I’ve read several reviews and it seems die-hard fans of the show don’t enjoy the book very much at all. I think it’s important to remember they are connected, but not the same, and appreciate them each on their own. I’m curious to see Lindsay’s Dexter develop and will pick up the next book in the series.

Your homework: Many shows are based on books, take a mental walk through your favorite shows and find the book it’s based on. Read it, consider the differences to the shows version, and allow it to inspire your next writing session.

Saturday: The Spark will update tomorrow. Come back next Friday for a new post!

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