Improvisation in Writing

After way too long, Chapter 19 of BMS is up. This means I’ll only have one more chapter to wrap up everything and call it a story. There’s a good chance we’ll return to Adam’s life in a different story, but it will only be after I work on other things, so in a way, an era is ending for me. BMS was my first ever erotica story. It was the story that made my name actually known, and I’m guessing my much more popular and meaningful story. That said, this also means that I’ll have opportunities to write other stories, so there’s that.

Hey. I haven’t written a blog in a bit. That’s 100% on me. I also told Tweed I’d update the Patreon creative blog this week instead and like a jackass, I didn’t until after I finish this blog. If you’re a patron, sorry about that. If you are a patron, know that me finishing a chapter doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll charge this month. Tweed still needs to publish a video a week for us to both meet our quota. If he does, we charge. If not, yippee, another free month. Lastly, I said that once we get $50 a month I’d make the website go premium – frankly,  I wasn’t expecting the first payment to be over $50. I’ll fulfill that promise once we get our first payment – I can’t use money I don’t have to pay for the website.

The role of improvisation in writing is interesting. Anyone with an understanding of creation can accept that everything created was once improvised. When people hear the word ‘improv,’ they usually think of comedy shows and Whose Line is it Anyway. Tweed is heavily involved in improv and recently while I was going through a depressed episode, he dragged me to an improvisation workshop and practically made me participate. From a writing perspective, I found it very interesting. Writing and improvising a scene kind of work in the same way, where you start with something basic like a location, or characters, and build on it. Sometimes things are planned by paying attention to things that have already happened in the scene, sometimes you say ‘fuck it,’ and make something up on the spot, regardless if it makes sense, because it feels right. For me, there’s a ‘fuck it’ moment in chapter 19, though I won’t tell you where. You may be surprised where it is – upon reading the chapter, it seemed like one of the more fluid and ‘pre-planned’ moments. Often times I go into writing with a rough plan and then I embellish on the spot – I guess that’s improvisation. If you improvise too much, though, you run into problems of inconsistency, not being able to remember everything in the story, and other things. It’s not smart to wing a whole story, especially if you make it as long and dependent on its own events as my story. I’m willing to admit some parts of my story seem too convenient, or fake or something. I can only hope the story presents itself as a fantasy enough to make the reader forgive these moments. My good friend Jashley sometimes looks at parts of my chapters and messages me things like, “Really? You did this?” and he’s totally right to call me out. And yet, at the same time faithful readers will email me and tell me they really liked that part. It’s interesting, to say the least.

After going to a few improv workshops, I can say I understand why it co-exists with storytelling. If you’re currently in college or maybe even high school (you’d better be over 18, you scandalous lil’ bugger), I recommend you look to joining the improv club, if nothing else to increase your abilities in storytelling and even problem-solving on the fly. And please don’t confuse improv with comedy. There’s already too many people in the world who think several one-liners strung together make a good scene. I can laugh at improv but I can also laugh at toilet humor. At the end of the day it was still toilet humor. All stories have the potential to build and be something great. Sometimes perhaps it’s better to let small stories be small stories. I’m currently working on a small story just in case I come up empty-handed after a month again (and like I said earlier, I started with a location, then just let my imagination embellish).

Imagination embellishing is where it’s at, too. Improvisation is all about ‘don’t think, just do.’ I believe that if you’re thinking too much, you’re not telling a story as much as creating a falsehood. I can accept sitting at a desk and thinking about how to word a scene, but if you’re sitting and thinking something like, “How does she react to this?” then you’ve already kind of lost. If you know the character well you should know how she’d react to that. Odds are, you’re overthinking – something I’m very guilty of. Improv helps with that, but so does practice in writing.

There wasn’t really a grand point to this. I just wanted to vent my feelings about the new experiences I’m getting. Hope it made for some interesting content. I’m off to tweet that chapter 19 is up then making the Patreon creative blog for this week. Again, apologies it was so late. Later this week I’ll also be sure to add ‘next chapter’ buttons to chapters – A faithful reader pointed out that I should have them in an email to me, and they’re absolutely right. To that end, if you ever have ideas about making this website better for you all, feel free to email me or something with them. As long as it’s within reason, I’ll try my hardest to acquiesce. After all, this is all about bringing you all stories and giving you entertainment, so I want to make sure I do my job right. I hope you all enjoy your chapter and feel free to email me or whatever if you have any thoughts about the chapter. Have a good week, everyone.

2 thoughts on “Improvisation in Writing

  1. SPOILERS!!!
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    Don’t stick it in crazy!

    We’ve known Nicole’s been messed up emotionally, but it was assumed that Mitch’s death had a lot to do with it. Now we’ve seen that something was wrong before then, something that caused Mitch to leave. She really has good reason to feel guilty. Just what was her relationship with her brother?

    I’m honestly starting to be afraid of Nicole. Afraid of what damage she will cause to Adam. It may be better for him to leave her behind, but like with Mitch, that may well send her further into a spiral.

    And afraid for Nicole, if she’ll even survive this. Mitch died. Thoughts of suicide crossed Adam’s mind. Megan is trying celibacy. May is transferring. Nicole can’t be fixed in one chapter.

    You know I love Nicole (and I see what you did there.) I really am worried. That means you’ve done your job – she’s a damn fictional character and I care about her this much. Damn you!

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