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The Nave Creative Script Writing Workshop

The Nave Creative Script Writing Workshop on Wednesday night was such a success!

It could not have gone better. There were lots of cancellations but it was nice to have my nearest and dearest with me to have a practice run, get feedback and enjoy the experience.

It also makes me see about how you must be constantly promoting yourselves. I did one day promotion in total and all on Facebook groups.

The feedback they did give me was great and this really boosted my confidence.

So we have created the story for the event of the girl after she makes her decision to go for her surgery .

Now we just need to story for the start of where she sees the advertisements, makes her decision and goes for her first consultation. For this I want to create images, memes and gifs to be shared across social media and email marketing.

I am going to approach two graphic designers I know to create a similar style workshop for graphic designers.

Here’s some of what happened from the night…

 

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Confidence in writing Press Releases and Project Descriptions

Confidence in writing Press Releases and Project Descriptions

On Friday Aoife and I had a little Nave Workshop on the press releases.

Aoife is like family, our Mams are best friends since they were in school and she is my current roomie. She is buzzing about the idea of The Nave and wants to be a Navi. We are lucky to have her. She works in press for a lawyer’s office so to have a more corporate view on what is being put out there is a god send.

I wanted to tackle the wording on The Nave. I have a million documents on what it is. To me its so many fucking things and is basically all of me so sometimes I get so overwhelmed trying to explain it.

I also don’t have a huge amount of confidence around words as I reckon I’m a little dyslexic. I can’t spell for shite and punctuation/grammar a here! Perfect example my mate Fran text me yesterday saying this…

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It says it all bahaha.

But actually saying you’re not a good writer is all bollocks as its about what you are writing, not how it is spelt.

So we started talking about the writing I had already in place. I read her documents I had created, including my long rambling description from the Facebook group. In reading it I realised half of it doesn’t even apply anymore. Like it says…

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I hope no one has actually been waiting for these themes as I have posted one since February 17th so they could be waiting a while, haha

Here is one I found looking back there though..

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Still gets me.

For the rest of workshop we mainly talked on the previous content, Aoife asked questions and picked out all the good key parts I have already written and gave me feedback as to why they were good and should be included.

Realisations from this process:

  • What to scrap
  • Some of the wording I just lacked confidence and needed a second opinion to tell me it was ok. This is good to be aware of, stuff I’d written like .. The Nave, The Church of Creativity: Creating Consciousness. Knowing that this sound good. I didn’t like using the word consciousness because I think sometimes it can sound a bit tree huggerish but I actually need to get over all that crap. Its all linked to ideas of judgement
  • We decided rather than a press release what we actually needed was a document that explains what The Nave is. Something that just explains it, that does not sells it, not on how to use it. Just the what, who, where, when and how.
  • The idea has grown to become much firmer and clearer

 

The tagline we agreed on was:

 

The Nave is a movement of creatives, collaborating to make Statement Art, and to use their collective voice to shatter silences and make a difference.
Aoife is going to write up the document and send it back to me to make edits. I am looking forward to see what she comes up with.

Which move to make first? Story or Graphic Design

Which move to make first? Story or Graphic Design

So I have come up with this idea of creating a workshop about the story writing. I really like the idea of creative collaboration throughout the whole process of creating the event. Since starting this blog its kind of given me an insight into the value of the process rather than the outcome (and how that process can also be product focused)

I haven’t heard back from Huma yet. To be honest with me going to Ireland and then Copenhagen time kind of flew by. Sometimes you actually have seize these opportunities with people when they are in the right place to offer support or then pass you by. Anyway it may still happen but in the meantime I really do need graphic designers. I am kind of torn at the moment as what I need first, graphic or story.

I always want to be further along than I am. Maybe this is the case with the graphic designer thing as I want to create the content for marketing but without the story behind it.

‘Surgery Slave’ is an idea on the medias manipulation in promoting surgery in society and its affects on young girls. So far I have gone through personal and public experiences and written on how this type of media effects young women/society. I went back through the writing and picked keys words and created ideas from them that would be either present at the event or in the campaign. I haven’t yet but I then usually just make a Pinterest board of the ideas. Very roughly not edgy of fashionable just how I see them in my head. That is always my process.

  • Free writing
  • Key Words
  • Ideas -> into a spreadsheet
  • Images -> Pinterest

Thinking about it I suppose the step before putting the story into graphic design content is the story itself ( would you believe!). This makes sense as I was telling someone about the idea the other day as it just fell a bit flat. Heres me ‘And then you walk into the room and there is an operating table in the centre, drag queen patients in each toilet and meat I the sinks!’ Dadadada! …Tumble weed…Saying it out loud all the thought and ideas didn’t shine through and something felt lacking.

So it brought me back to the main centre of it. The young girl and her story.

Some thoughts I had yesterday were

  • to align the email campaign and the event so that there is a story running through the lead up to the event (campaign) and at the event
  • This story can have lots of influences but centres around ‘the young girl’
  • Have the advertisement for surgeries, young girls dream of changing herself and initial consultation for surgery in the email campaign
  • Have the reality, the face to face consultation before surgery, the surgery and the aftermath at the event

I like it. It is more fluid and connected then before. Now to put this into a work shop.. Hmmm… Mam?

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Facebook Posting Fear

Facebook Posting Fear

Why is it that posting about your idea on Facebook so scary? I mean if you are working on someone else’s project, grand. If you are advertising on any other site, grand. Its just that fear of all the people you know seeing it that makes it so hideous.

But I have decided not to be a worraz about it.

I have started by dipping my toe in slowly and posting on these groups

Conspiring and Inspiring for a better future (very like me so less daunting) . Shortly after I got one response off a writer called Mary who says she interested in working on this she is based in bath but we will see what she says.

London (BAME) Women Writers’ Group , The founders also came back to me almost straight away with some interesting ideas of funding

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As they are quite busy I am going on meet them on 6th June to discuss this further.

People are so nice. It immediately makes you feel like what the fuck was I worrying about?

I booked the board room at The Collective (The Collective is my shared office space that I go to after 9 – 5 hours to work on my projects. Its nice as there are loads of other start ups there in the same boat)..to hold a writing collab workshop there on 31st May. It will be about the idea and how to create a dialogue for a short film piece. For example it will be something along the lines of the new Vicks campaign (which I am in love with)but on ‘Surgery Slave’ theme and in terms of length and style but it will have the challenge of having to be filmed at the venue( one room) during the event.

I have no idea what the context of the workshop will be but Aine(my mam) said she will help me work on a structure for this on Thursday before Sangha.

Ball rolling… 🙂

 

Project Distractions and working to set timings

O my god it is so absurd how distracted I get. I am trying to start some work now before my working day starts. I am in two minds.

I am not sure of which to do first.. 1, get in touch with some creative writing groups to see if they want to have a brainstorm session around the story of the ‘Surgery Slave’ for the day or 2, start a graphic design group for collaborating around the ideas for the marketing campaign.

Obviously this indecisiveness has lead me to do neither of these things and instead to start to delete old playlists form my YouTube account. Jesus.

I am setting myself a task now. I have one hour.

I am going to start with the story telling as I think this part comes first as it can inspire further content with its ideas for the campaign.

Task

1, Look up existing story writing groups

2, Get in touch with the best to see if they would like to collaborate on the idea.

GO..

Distractions…

Email – from my Mam asking to change meeting me tomorrow to Friday and go to this

Facebook notifications – Its Ste’s birthday, Someone is looking for a model on the photography models & photographers in London group for a birthday themed shoot and a memory from 2010 of Stix finding the FM 104 ash cloud song, about the time when I could not fly back to Dublin because of a volcanic irruption ( how ridiculous).

Thoughts – Rambling ones about staking out the Park for the event venue for days in advance, watching for the patterns of the park guards, sitting in a trench coat with a large newspaper or hiding in the bushes with binoculars.

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So I have written the mail. I am already thinking of reasons why it is not right to send it.

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I am over an hour of course! But I think having that time pressure to do it in helps you cut the crap and focus on the bits that are important.

I’ve had a look on Facebook and Meet up and am going to send it to some groups and see what happens.

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