Insights Into Teens: Episode 102 “Creativity: Writing”

We’ll take a look at some of the benefits that creative writing offers to our teenagers.

Then we’ll talk to Madison about how she’s developed her creative writing skills over the years and what she personally gets from writing

Then we’ll take a look at where Madison is with her writing now, what her future in creative writing might look like and get some tips and advice for teens who might be interested in getting into creative writing.

Show Notes

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  • Summary:
    • We’ll take a look at some of the benefits that creative writing offers to our teenagers.
    • Then we’ll talk to Madison about how she’s developed her creative writing skills over the years and what she personally gets from writing
    • Then we’ll take a look at where Madison is with her writing now, what her future in creative writing might look like and get some tips and advice for teens who might be interested in getting into creative writing.

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   [SEGMENT 1]

Why is creative writing important for teens?

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  • Statistics show that reading helps develop your writing skills, but writing helps develop your cognitive growth, organizational abilities, and the power to influence others through persuasion.  
  • In short, writing powers the brain.
  • Studies show that children who practice creative writing more often are generally better in other subjects too like math, science, and languages. 
  • Challenging themselves to come up with creative thoughts and problem solve, builds the confidence and discipline students need to succeed in all areas of life.

Here are a few of the many benefits that creative writing that provides to our you:

  • Imagination And Creativity
    • Creative writing encourages kids to exercise their creative minds and practice using their imaginations. 
    • It improves their ability to come up with alternatives. 
    • This broadens their thought processes, which can lead to success in many areas, including problem solving and analysis.
  • Self-Expression
    • Children often have difficulty understanding and expressing how they feel. 
    • Through writing, children have a safe place to explore, and this can be a highly beneficial tool for expressing their feelings.
  • Self-Confidence
    • Writing gives children more opportunity to assert themselves and their opinions and develop their “voice.”  
    • These developments can really strengthen their self-confidence.
  • Communication And Persuasion Skills
    • A well-written piece involves a lot of thought, planning, organization, and use of language to get a point across. 
    • This amounts to great practice for kids at laying out their thoughts and trying to clearly convince someone of their point of view.
    • Creativity seems to diminish as we get older. 
    • Those crazy stories of fairy tale princesses battling ferocious dragons to save the town later turns into business prose.  
    • So, encourage your children to write, to be creative, to use their imagination, and then praise them when they do.  
    • Build their confidence to clearly communicate their point of view, their thoughts, and their feelings.  

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Developing her creative writing skills.

  • How old were you when you started putting your stories into writing?
  • What was the biggest inspiration for your earlier stories?
  • What is your primary focus, reality based writing or fantasy based writing?
  • Have you developed your own characters, backstories, worlds and so forth or do you borrow from existing properties mostly?
  • How did comics affect your storytelling abilities?
  • What benefit do you personally gain from writing down your stories?
  • Do other people enjoy your stories?
  • What would you say is your strongest aspect of story writing: Character Development, World Building, Plot Twists, Dialogue or General Story Elements?
  • Is there a particular style of story you prefer writing: Hero quests, mysteries, day in the life, comedies, tragedies
  • What is your process when writing a new story?
    • Do you put a lot of planning into it like outlining, character development, backstory, world building etc.
    • Or do you just sit down and have the words flow freely from you and edit the overall story elements on the fly

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What the future might bring

  • Where are you now with writing?
  • Would you ever publish your writing either online or in a distributed print form like a school paper or through a traditional publishing house?
  • Are there writing forms or styles you’ve not written in before that you’d like to try?
  • Do you think you’d like to write non-fiction, like biographies or even in a news media style format?
  • Do you think you might pursue a career in writing?
  • What advice do you have for teens out there who might be interested in pursuing an interest in writing?

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[OUTRO AND CREDITS]

When did you start making stories?

  • When I was younger, I loved making up stories and different scenarios in my head. Whenever I would watch some type of show, I would always try to put myself in the episode and play it out like I wanted it. I can’t say that the stories I made were entirely original or good, but I enjoyed playing them out and it was just fun to me. 
  • The first story I had ever written down was a story about a minion. Basically, I was inspired by a set of minion stickers I got that I decided to make a story with them. It starts off with a minion trying it to get a banana from a tree. I would use the stickers when I could and draw out anything else. An apple ends up falling on the minion’s head which makes him give up and go home to get a cupcake before dinner and his mom gets mad. The next day, he goes back to the tree and the banana is falling. He ends up catching it and is proud of himself. Then he makes a hat out of fruit and gets a little brother. Since he doesn’t like babies, he spies with his friends to steal every single baby. He tried to lure them by dressing up and dancing. In the end, he remembers his mom told him to smile at the baby and he becomes ok with his existence.
  • This was a strange story, yes, but being my first written story, it holds a special place in my heart. But besides the minion story. I really never wrote any of my other stories out. I would just play them out in my mind and even act them out on occasions, but it wasn’t until I started comics that I really started writing stories.

How did comics affect your storytelling abilities?

  • I was never a big book reader, but I did love comic books. When we had gotten my Spongebob comic book, it gave me the idea of making my own comics. Not only did that start off my art career, but also my writing career. While at first I never really made original stories or original characters, I slowly started incorporating more original ideas in. I came up with brand new stories, characters, and relationships. The comics really helped me realize how fun writing fiction can be. In the later years of my comics, I began aging up the characters, coming up with drama for families, and adding new twists and plot holes galore. It was really fun.
  • Once I had stopped my comics to move into improving my art style, I also began to improve my writing style. In school assignments where we needed to create our own stories or finnish a story, I loved coming up with some type of story. Granted, I still wasn’t perfect. But I enjoyed those stories, and that was all that mattered. I was also doing storytelling with my friends. We loved making up stories that we would play during before aftercare. We would bring toys to school and when we had free time, we would play a story we wanted to play. It was the same thing when I went to summer camp.
  • When I was in 6th grade, my friends and I had watched this one show on Netflix when we did a movie time at aftercare, and we loved it so much that we took the characters, changed them a bit and made our own stories with them. This was when I was really introduced to creating characters. The first real character I made was named Madison, after me. She was an orange, human tabby cat with long blond hair and blue eyes. She wore a purple hoodie, blue jeans and red sneakers. She normally had a very sassy attitude and was the same age as me. She was the mayor of Florida and had a family that consisted of her father, Samuel her older brother, Violet her older sister and the twin of Samuel, Max her younger brother, Princess her younger sister, Kaun and Star her two younger twin cousins, and Daniel her youngest cousin. She was a demon from another dimension and had loads of powers. She was more than likely the definition of a Mary Sue.
  • Overall, I wasn’t the best at characters back then. I later began to learn more about character making, what makes a bad character, ways to make a good character, and I learned more about fictional writing. At some point, I learned about an app called Gacha Life from my friends. With that app, I began to make more characters and I became better at coming up with backstories for them. I had way more creative potential with the app, and I was inspired by the characters to try and create their stories in the app itself. Overall, Gacha Life was the next big leap in my writing journey.

Where are you now with writing?

  • I’ve come a long way from where I first started. I kept the story my friends and I made after the show. I had tweaked it the more I improved. I changed all of the characters to me more interesting and three-dimensional, and I also changed the whole storyline. I got rid of some characters that wouldn’t work with the story and I added ones that would. In fact, I still tweak the story every now and then.
  • As for writing down stories, I have a full on series I’m working on now for the same story I mentioned earlier. I’m also turning it into a mini movies series with the app and some editing software to make the series. I’m working on the second episode now, but I have multiple seasons planned out already. I’m still making the video for the first episode. But I can’t wait until I complete them. 
  • I also work on my writing in school. In ELA, I have a journal that I write in where we have different prompts we need to write about. Sometimes, we are allowed to do a free write, where I usually make a story. Other times, they tell us to make a story about something. Those are my favorite prompts. Whenever I do the journal, it gives me an excuse to work on my writing skills. We’ve been learning about fictional writing and drama stories, which have been fun to learn about. Overall, I love writing just as much as l love drawing, and I really hope I can improve even more on both skills.
Transcription

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welcome to insights into teens this is

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episode

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102 another one of our creativity series

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today we’re going to talking

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be talking about writing i’m your host

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joseph whalen and my creative and

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verbose co-host madison whalen

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hi everyone how you doing today maddie

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i’m doing all right

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so we’re changing things up a little bit

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today uh we

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are switching kind of to a spring slash

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summer uh recording schedule uh

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normally we record on saturday morning

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uh but right now it is thursday evening

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yep and we’re going to be trying to

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record a podcast during the week this

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for the next few months here so that we

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can have some time on the weekends and

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it also gives me a little extra time to

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edit the podcast and i’m not rushing to

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get them edited

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and out by monday but despite the change

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in schedule for recording we will be

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continuing to publish

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all of our new podcasts monday mornings

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so uh today we’re going to be talking

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about writing this is the

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second one in our series on creativity

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we did art last week

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today we’re going to be talking about

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your writing hobby where you get to

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express

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your creativity in a different form but

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before we get into that

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so today we’re first going to take a

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look at what some of the benefits

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are that creative writing offers to our

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teenagers

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and then we’re going to talk to madison

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here about how she’s developed her

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creative writing skills over the years

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and what she gets personally out of

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writing

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and then finally we’ll take a look at

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where madison’s going with her writing

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what her future and creative writing

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might look like

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and get some tips and advice for teens

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who might be interested in getting into

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creative writing

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ready to get started sure alright

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so why is creative writing important for

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teens

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for this we go to a website called

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simplek12.com

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they say statistics show that reading

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helps develop your writing skills but

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writing helps develop your cognitive

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growth

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your organizational abilities and the

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power to influence

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others through persuasion in short

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writing powers the brain

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studies show that children who practice

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creative writing

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more often are generally better in other

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subjects too

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like math science and languages

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challenging themselves to come up with

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creative thoughts and problem solve

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builds the confidence and discipline

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students need to succeed

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in all areas of life and they go on to

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talk about

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a few areas where many uh a few of the

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many benefits

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the creative writing provides to our

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youth why don’t you tell us about those

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okay so the first is imagination and

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creativity

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creative writing encourages kids to

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exercise their creative minds and

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practice

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using their imaginations it improves

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their ability to come up with

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alternatives

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this broadens their thought process

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process

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which can lead to success in many areas

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including problem solving and analysis

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they also talk about improving

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self-expression

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children often have difficulty

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understanding and expressing how they

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feel

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through writing children have a safe

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place to explore

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and this can be highly beneficial tool

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for expressing their feelings

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uh next up is self-confidence writing

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gives children

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more opportunity more opportunity to

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exert themselves and their opinions and

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develop their voice

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these developments can really strengthen

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their self-confidence

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and finally they talk about

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communication and persuasion skills

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a well-written piece involves a lot of

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thought planning

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organization and use of language to get

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a point across

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this amounts to great practice for kids

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at laying out their thoughts

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and trying to clearly convince someone

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of their point of view

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creativity seems to diminish as we get

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older which

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i can personally attest to

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those crazy stories of fairy tale

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princesses battling ferocious dragons to

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save the town

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later turns into business pros in your

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writing powerpoint presentations and

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stuff like that

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so encourage your children to write to

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be creative

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to use their imagination and to praise

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them when they do

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build their confidence to clearly

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communicate

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their point of view their thoughts and

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their feelings

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so let me ask you okay so we’ve talked

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about

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improving imagination and creativity

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improving self-expression

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self-confidence in your communication

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skills

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do you find that since you’ve been

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engaged in creative writing that

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you’ve improved these skills or you’ve

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seen improvement in these areas

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i mean definitely of course with

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imagination and creativity

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i definitely think creative writing has

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helped me keep my imaginate my child’s

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imagination alive

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i’m 14 now but i can still come up with

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crazy stories like i did when i was

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seven

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um i definitely think creative writing

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helped keep my

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imagination alive and um

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of course it’s it’s another way to

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express myself with

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art so my creativity has also improved

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from that

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self-expression yeah i do get a lot

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of points across um a lot of times i

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actually like

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um to make the characters more or less

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around the same age as me because

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i don’t see a lot of 14 or 15 year olds

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being

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depicted in stories other than

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as teenage stereotypes um

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and espec and especially when i went

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through the years

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of between becoming a teenager

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like 10 to 4 10 to 13. um

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i definitely like had a lot of struggles

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that i didn’t think i’d have at that age

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such as finding out where i was gonna

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get clothes in the kids section or in

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the adult section it was actually

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pretty difficult i actually had no idea

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that i was gonna be facing that problem

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and i kind of wanna

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somewhat put that into the world as

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something that kids my age might deal

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with

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yeah and you know from my perspective

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i was always the type of person to i

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always

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express myself better in writing and

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i’ve been writing

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um various forms of communication and

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media for

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well since i was probably your age and

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younger

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i used to have writing sessions i wrote

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for the school newspaper i

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would write stories constantly i got

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into

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being a star wars fan myself i got into

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writing fan fiction

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for that stuff i used to have a whole

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series in grade school that i would

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write stories

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with a friend of mine with i just i

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really enjoyed writing and i always have

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and i see now in my professional life

0:09:27.040,0:09:31.120
that that

0:09:27.760,0:09:35.680
love of writing has really served me

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to help me communicate in my

0:09:35.680,0:09:43.680
position as a manager it allows me to

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organize a department it allows me to

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mediate discussions and solve problems

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and solve conflicts within the

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department

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there are a lot of skills that i have

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today that

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ironically until i read this article i

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never really attributed them to

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my writing passion um and

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and i’m kind of getting to the point

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where i’m expanding that now because we

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play

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uh we started playing dungeons and

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dragons with your brother sam

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and this weekend is my first weekend to

0:10:16.880,0:10:22.000
actually dm for our group

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so i’ve spent the last i don’t know two

0:10:22.000,0:10:25.760
months

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uh writing various quests and side

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quests and stuff like that and trying to

0:10:27.360,0:10:31.519
put

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a creative campaign together and i guess

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we’ll get to put it to the test this

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weekend but

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again that level of creativity is

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something that comes from that

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that desire for writing so

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i love the fact that you picked up on

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writing as well

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i love sitting down and hearing you

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tell me your stories and reading them to

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me and i love collaborating with you on

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them

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and i even see that passion in your

0:10:58.480,0:11:01.600
schoolwork too

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when you like for instance you’re

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working on a project now

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and that project for your ela class

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requires you to write a journal

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and you’re not just writing a journal

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you’re trying to emulate the time period

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in which the story was set in the 1800s

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to lend that level of authenticity

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you’re doing the research to find the

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words that would have been used

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in a journal that was written at the

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time so that

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level of authenticity that you’re

0:11:31.279,0:11:34.800
striving for is a testament to the

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passion you have for writing and it’s

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very impressive

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yeah also the fact that you always seem

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to make fun of me like whenever i say

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hey i need to write something for school

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you’re like oh have you already done

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like five pages on it because

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i i can’t really finish a story easily i

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have to have a lot of

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pages for that and you know what it’s

0:11:55.120,0:12:02.560
funny i do make funny for that because

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i wish i was your ela teacher but i wish

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i wasn’t your ela teacher

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because i would love to have a person a

0:12:07.120,0:12:10.480
student with your level of passion for

0:12:08.880,0:12:13.440
writing

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but having to grade so many essays and

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stuff

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i don’t want to have to sit down with

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every essay that’s 20 pages long

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yeah but i have the same problem when i

0:12:21.760,0:12:24.720
start writing

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i have a very clear idea of what the

0:12:24.720,0:12:28.560
story is

0:12:26.079,0:12:30.720
but i have a very difficult time

0:12:28.560,0:12:32.399
concluding my stories

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so there have been tons of stories

0:12:32.399,0:12:37.120
through the years that i’ve written

0:12:34.480,0:12:39.200
95 but i just haven’t been able to get

0:12:37.120,0:12:40.399
them across the finish line

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so that’s always something that i’ve

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struggled with too

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so anyway i think we’ve established why

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writing is important let’s take a quick

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break and we’ll come back and we’ll talk

0:12:49.920,0:12:53.120
about how you

0:12:51.040,0:12:54.370
are developing your creative writing

0:12:53.120,0:12:57.620
skills

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welcome back to insights into teens

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today we’re talking about another one of

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our creativity topics we’re talking

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about

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creative writing so madison how old were

0:14:13.519,0:14:15.600
you when you started putting your

0:14:14.959,0:14:19.440
stories

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into writing oh

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it’s

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i don’t exactly have a year

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at how old i was specifically when i

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started putting my stories into writing

0:14:33.839,0:14:37.920
but i was young enough to have grammar

0:14:36.800,0:14:41.199
mistakes

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um and not exactly have a coherent

0:14:41.199,0:14:45.839
flowing story

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um i’ll say maybe the first story i ever

0:14:45.839,0:14:49.680
wrote was

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maybe when i was seven okay that’s

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pretty young

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yeah um i think that was

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when i really first started getting into

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it even though my imagination

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peaked a lot um i never really put it

0:15:02.880,0:15:07.920
into story so much

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um but the one time i did uh

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it was interesting so what was the

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biggest

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inspiration for those earlier stories

0:15:13.360,0:15:17.120
for you that

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that kind of made you go from

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just creating them in your imagination

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to putting them to paper and preserving

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them

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well one was when i had made a

0:15:25.680,0:15:32.560
minion story um you guys had gotten

0:15:30.000,0:15:35.040
i had gotten some minion stickers and

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they had all sorts of images on them

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and i kind of decided to give myself a

0:15:36.959,0:15:42.800
little bit of a challenge say hey

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make a story with those images and i did

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um and the end result is uh

0:15:46.160,0:15:49.199
interesting but it’s what i’m going to

0:15:48.639,0:15:52.320
consider

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my very first work of art okay work of

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creative writing so when you write

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there’s always sort of

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a genre or a

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primary focus that you tend to write in

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usually

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what is yours is yours based on reality

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is it fantasy is it

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a day in the life type stuff what is

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your primary focus when you write you

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are you writing fiction or non-fiction

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what give us some idea

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i’m writing fiction i’ve never really

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been a fan of writing non-fiction i’ve

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never actually been a fan of nonfiction

0:16:25.360,0:16:29.600
books

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in general i just i don’t like facts i

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like creating stuff

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um as for the actual genre

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i’m kind of mixed between reality and

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fantasy

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i kind of make it a day in the life of a

0:16:41.199,0:16:46.079
fantasy character

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or just a regular person it’s kind of

0:16:46.079,0:16:49.839
interesting when i think about

0:16:47.519,0:16:50.639
like a reality version of fantasy

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adventure

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yeah interesting so have you developed

0:16:54.399,0:16:58.079
your own characters though

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your own backstories and worlds and so

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forth or do you borrow from

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existing properties like i know we had

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talked before

0:17:02.720,0:17:06.480
during our art artwork podcast that you

0:17:06.160,0:17:09.839
did

0:17:06.480,0:17:12.720
your comics as spongebob comics

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have you done your own characters from a

0:17:12.720,0:17:18.959
creative writing standpoint

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um yeah i have done that a lot of times

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um i the one story i am doing

0:17:22.640,0:17:26.240
i actually write a script for it for

0:17:24.880,0:17:29.120
each episode

0:17:26.240,0:17:30.160
and those characters are my own original

0:17:29.120,0:17:33.440
characters

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um i have backstories for them i kind of

0:17:33.440,0:17:38.400
have the entire series

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and even another season planned out uh

0:17:38.400,0:17:41.520
for it

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um i have all the characters i know what

0:17:41.520,0:17:46.160
they are i know who they are and

0:17:43.600,0:17:47.840
what they want stuff like that i just

0:17:46.160,0:17:50.880
haven’t fully wrote them down yet

0:17:47.840,0:17:52.559
in this in a script yet okay

0:17:50.880,0:17:55.360
so we’ve talked about the fact that

0:17:52.559,0:17:57.360
you’ve drawn comics in the past which

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you know really is is storytelling in a

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graphical format you know that’s why

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they’re called graphic novels

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how have comics affected your

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storytelling through creative writing

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i guess um comics

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kind of taught me about

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the f kind of stirred me away from

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good from all good storytelling

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to having possibly a bad ending to a

0:18:23.840,0:18:28.160
story

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or basically consequences of one’s

0:18:28.160,0:18:32.559
actions

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interesting um a lot of time basically

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it taught me how to make drama i guess

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if you if you really want to push it um

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i i definitely think that it stopped

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from like

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saying oh hey everything’s fine and

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dandy to

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okay things happen reality you know

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fun okay well that makes that makes

0:18:52.880,0:18:57.200
sense

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what benefits do you personally gain

0:18:57.200,0:19:00.400
from writing your stories down

0:18:58.720,0:19:01.840
from the act of creative writing is

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there something there is there a

0:19:01.840,0:19:05.200
personal satisfaction

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is there personal growth what is it that

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you feel you gain from it

0:19:08.160,0:19:14.400
the most when you write creatively

0:19:11.360,0:19:17.440
a lot of it um has to do with the fact

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that i like kind of putting myself in

0:19:17.440,0:19:21.520
someone else’s shoes

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and i like that i get to put myself in a

0:19:21.520,0:19:24.240
character shoes

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one of my favorite point of views for

0:19:24.240,0:19:29.360
stories is first person when the person

0:19:26.720,0:19:32.720
is talking directly to

0:19:29.360,0:19:35.120
the reader and i

0:19:32.720,0:19:36.080
like that perspective a lot more than

0:19:35.120,0:19:38.160
third person

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the all-knowing that kind of thing

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because i like

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seeing the characters thought process

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and how and how they can kind of be

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relatable

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um which is kind of what i like to do

0:19:46.320,0:19:48.480
with some of my characters i want to

0:19:47.760,0:19:52.000
make them

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relatable and you can understand

0:19:52.000,0:19:57.520
their motives and goals um so

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yeah i get a lot of satisfaction from

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just kind of

0:19:58.720,0:20:03.440
playing the part of someone else it’s

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kind of like escaping reality

0:20:03.440,0:20:06.960
but going into someone else’s reality

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interesting

0:20:06.960,0:20:11.039
it’s an interesting part for that matter

0:20:09.360,0:20:13.520
so of the stuff that you’ve written in

0:20:11.039,0:20:15.200
the past and what you’re writing today

0:20:13.520,0:20:16.559
do you share it with other people and do

0:20:15.200,0:20:18.880
they enjoy reading

0:20:16.559,0:20:20.000
uh your creative writing well when i did

0:20:18.880,0:20:23.600
have comics i did

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share them with the kids at um aftercare

0:20:23.600,0:20:28.720
and they did like them

0:20:25.280,0:20:30.799
um as for my actual stories

0:20:28.720,0:20:31.919
i really only share them with my friends

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and you guys

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um i don’t of course due to everything

0:20:34.720,0:20:37.600
now

0:20:35.600,0:20:39.679
i really haven’t shared it with actual

0:20:37.600,0:20:41.679
people i’ve never thought to put a story

0:20:39.679,0:20:42.320
online because i’ve never really thought

0:20:41.679,0:20:45.200
that

0:20:42.320,0:20:46.880
hey i’m that advanced right okay

0:20:45.200,0:20:48.720
interesting

0:20:46.880,0:20:49.919
so you know in learning about

0:20:48.720,0:20:53.200
storytelling either

0:20:49.919,0:20:56.000
by doing it yourself reading stories or

0:20:53.200,0:20:56.720
your ela classes you understand that

0:20:56.000,0:20:59.760
there’s different

0:20:56.720,0:21:01.600
aspects of storytelling you’ve got

0:20:59.760,0:21:03.280
character development world building

0:21:01.600,0:21:06.480
plot twist dialogue

0:21:03.280,0:21:08.320
you know general story elements of those

0:21:06.480,0:21:08.799
what do you think is your strongest

0:21:08.320,0:21:12.240
point

0:21:08.799,0:21:15.600
when you’re writing creatively hmm

0:21:12.240,0:21:16.000
um general story elements i’m probably

0:21:15.600,0:21:19.200
fine

0:21:16.000,0:21:20.320
with i don’t excel at it but i’m not bad

0:21:19.200,0:21:24.320
at it

0:21:20.320,0:21:27.039
uh plot twists um

0:21:24.320,0:21:28.080
i’ve been a bit rough a few times i’ve

0:21:27.039,0:21:30.640
gotten better

0:21:28.080,0:21:32.159
but still not like great to the point

0:21:30.640,0:21:35.760
where i can call it my best

0:21:32.159,0:21:37.760
work part world building

0:21:35.760,0:21:39.600
i mean i kind of do that but i don’t

0:21:37.760,0:21:41.360
focus on it too much

0:21:39.600,0:21:43.679
so that just leaves character

0:21:41.360,0:21:46.080
development and dialogue

0:21:43.679,0:21:48.000
i’d say i’m kind of equal with both of

0:21:46.080,0:21:49.440
them when i had read you my script the

0:21:48.000,0:21:51.679
one time you said that

0:21:49.440,0:21:52.640
you noticed the dialogue was really nice

0:21:51.679,0:21:54.080
and it was

0:21:52.640,0:21:56.400
pretty realistic and you could

0:21:54.080,0:22:00.080
understand all the characters

0:21:56.400,0:22:02.000
uh character development i do um have

0:22:00.080,0:22:04.480
character like story arcs for my

0:22:02.000,0:22:07.679
characters and i know how to

0:22:04.480,0:22:09.840
show aspects of their personality so

0:22:07.679,0:22:14.240
i’d say i’m kind of between with both of

0:22:09.840,0:22:16.400
them okay is there a particular style

0:22:14.240,0:22:17.760
of story that you prefer like hero

0:22:16.400,0:22:20.640
quests or mysteries

0:22:17.760,0:22:21.520
day in the life comedies tragedies you

0:22:20.640,0:22:23.600
know

0:22:21.520,0:22:25.600
could run the whole gambit but is there

0:22:23.600,0:22:27.679
a particular type of story

0:22:25.600,0:22:28.799
that you feel you’re most comfortable

0:22:27.679,0:22:31.200
with

0:22:28.799,0:22:32.559
um i’d say the day in the life is the

0:22:31.200,0:22:35.679
best one there

0:22:32.559,0:22:36.320
here requests um i mean i’m working on a

0:22:35.679,0:22:38.640
dnd

0:22:36.320,0:22:41.280
story so maybe i’ll get better at that

0:22:38.640,0:22:44.559
but i don’t really write that too often

0:22:41.280,0:22:47.440
mysteries i’ve never really done um

0:22:44.559,0:22:48.159
i’ve never really tried a mystery story

0:22:47.440,0:22:50.720
honestly

0:22:48.159,0:22:51.760
to me mysteries are just plot twists in

0:22:50.720,0:22:55.679
a way

0:22:51.760,0:22:56.400
um comedies i don’t entirely try to make

0:22:55.679,0:22:59.919
my work

0:22:56.400,0:23:00.320
funny tragedies i don’t inherently make

0:22:59.919,0:23:02.720
them

0:23:00.320,0:23:04.240
sad so i’d say day in the life is

0:23:02.720,0:23:07.360
probably the closest

0:23:04.240,0:23:08.960
okay that makes perfect sense so what

0:23:07.360,0:23:09.679
about the process when you’re going to

0:23:08.960,0:23:12.159
write

0:23:09.679,0:23:13.520
a story you know obviously i’m i’m

0:23:12.159,0:23:15.679
assuming you’ve been inspired you’ve

0:23:13.520,0:23:17.520
come up with an idea

0:23:15.679,0:23:19.280
what do you do next do you just start

0:23:17.520,0:23:23.760
writing do you outline

0:23:19.280,0:23:25.280
do you build characters

0:23:23.760,0:23:26.799
what’s what’s the next step when you’re

0:23:25.280,0:23:29.840
going to sit down and actually

0:23:26.799,0:23:31.200
write a story well i try to develop the

0:23:29.840,0:23:33.760
idea a bit more

0:23:31.200,0:23:35.280
um i develop the characters i develop

0:23:33.760,0:23:37.760
the story a bit more

0:23:35.280,0:23:38.400
like i use the plot wave chart to kind

0:23:37.760,0:23:42.400
of like

0:23:38.400,0:23:45.520
paste my story in order to um

0:23:42.400,0:23:48.240
make it more coherent um

0:23:45.520,0:23:50.320
and then when i do have it down when i

0:23:48.240,0:23:53.200
do have a lot of the story elements down

0:23:50.320,0:23:54.400
i try writing uh them out so i don’t

0:23:53.200,0:23:56.159
forget them

0:23:54.400,0:23:57.760
and then i eventually try to piece them

0:23:56.159,0:24:01.919
into a story okay

0:23:57.760,0:24:03.360
that makes sense see when i write my

0:24:01.919,0:24:05.679
i don’t know if it’s the inspiration

0:24:03.360,0:24:09.760
part or the writing for it i think of

0:24:05.679,0:24:13.760
of a story in scenes

0:24:09.760,0:24:15.440
and i’ll imagine certain scenes in a

0:24:13.760,0:24:17.840
movie

0:24:15.440,0:24:19.440
and those will be the first things that

0:24:17.840,0:24:21.840
i write about

0:24:19.440,0:24:23.039
and then i have to creatively go back

0:24:21.840,0:24:25.760
and stitch

0:24:23.039,0:24:26.799
the stuff in between to put those scenes

0:24:25.760,0:24:30.000
together

0:24:26.799,0:24:32.559
to make that cohesive story okay um so

0:24:30.000,0:24:34.240
there’s a lot of outlining that i do

0:24:32.559,0:24:36.159
uh there is a lot of character

0:24:34.240,0:24:38.799
development i’ll i’ll just start

0:24:36.159,0:24:40.159
sketching out character profiles who are

0:24:38.799,0:24:42.400
they where they came from what’s the

0:24:40.159,0:24:44.640
background what’s their motivation

0:24:42.400,0:24:46.480
and i use a technique a lot of times

0:24:44.640,0:24:47.520
called mind mapping have you ever heard

0:24:46.480,0:24:50.960
of that

0:24:47.520,0:24:53.200
um not that i know of

0:24:50.960,0:24:55.120
so mind mapping is sort of a visual

0:24:53.200,0:24:56.000
representation of the story it’s a

0:24:55.120,0:24:59.679
visual way to

0:24:56.000,0:25:02.880
outline so you kind of start off with a

0:24:59.679,0:25:05.520
you know a topic and then

0:25:02.880,0:25:06.799
from that topic i’ll branch off one of

0:25:05.520,0:25:09.200
my scenes

0:25:06.799,0:25:10.640
and then from that scene i’ll branch off

0:25:09.200,0:25:12.480
characters i’ll branch off

0:25:10.640,0:25:14.559
environments i’ll branch off background

0:25:12.480,0:25:16.640
supporting characters and so forth

0:25:14.559,0:25:18.080
and they start to bring all branch out

0:25:16.640,0:25:20.000
from the middle here

0:25:18.080,0:25:21.120
and then each scene kind of stretches

0:25:20.000,0:25:23.200
off from that way

0:25:21.120,0:25:24.559
too and then you can sit there and look

0:25:23.200,0:25:26.799
at it and understand

0:25:24.559,0:25:29.200
how the different pieces float against

0:25:26.799,0:25:31.520
each other okay

0:25:29.200,0:25:33.120
that’s good for like a real quick idea

0:25:31.520,0:25:36.400
to keep a high level

0:25:33.120,0:25:38.240
um idea of the story flow but i find

0:25:36.400,0:25:39.520
outlining tends to be the easiest way

0:25:38.240,0:25:40.880
for me because you can put a lot more

0:25:39.520,0:25:43.919
detail in that way

0:25:40.880,0:25:47.039
that makes sense so you talked about

0:25:43.919,0:25:50.480
the plot wave now

0:25:47.039,0:25:51.039
is that describe what a plot wave is for

0:25:50.480,0:25:54.400
us

0:25:51.039,0:25:57.679
um so a plot wave is kind of

0:25:54.400,0:25:59.600
like a mountain if you will at the

0:25:57.679,0:26:01.840
bottom is exposition where you get

0:25:59.600,0:26:03.919
introduced to the characters the setting

0:26:01.840,0:26:06.960
the time that kind of thing

0:26:03.919,0:26:08.840
um and then the next part is the rising

0:26:06.960,0:26:10.640
action that’s when the conflict is

0:26:08.840,0:26:13.679
introduced and

0:26:10.640,0:26:14.640
it’s going to be scenes and part of the

0:26:13.679,0:26:17.279
story leading

0:26:14.640,0:26:19.200
up to the top of the mountain which is

0:26:17.279,0:26:20.720
known as the climax which is the biggest

0:26:19.200,0:26:24.080
point of tension

0:26:20.720,0:26:27.520
where like look where like like

0:26:24.080,0:26:29.200
the biggest seat like maybe the twist is

0:26:27.520,0:26:30.960
revealed or

0:26:29.200,0:26:33.120
it’s basically the biggest part of the

0:26:30.960,0:26:35.120
story and then

0:26:33.120,0:26:37.039
next up is the falling action on the

0:26:35.120,0:26:39.200
other side of the mountain where

0:26:37.039,0:26:42.000
um everything’s where it’s basically

0:26:39.200,0:26:43.039
just a reaction from the climax cooling

0:26:42.000,0:26:44.880
everything down

0:26:43.039,0:26:47.279
and at the very bottom is the resolution

0:26:44.880,0:26:49.840
when the conflict is finally resolved

0:26:47.279,0:26:50.559
and it’s basically the end of the story

0:26:49.840,0:26:53.520
and this is

0:26:50.559,0:26:55.360
this is a concept that you learned from

0:26:53.520,0:26:57.279
ela right

0:26:55.360,0:26:58.799
so you’re learning things in school

0:26:57.279,0:27:00.480
right now that are actually helping to

0:26:58.799,0:27:03.520
drive your writing skills

0:27:00.480,0:27:05.039
yep that’s awesome well that was all i

0:27:03.520,0:27:05.679
had for this segment here let’s take a

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quick break

0:27:05.679,0:27:09.919
and we’ll come back and then we’ll talk

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about what the future might bring for

0:27:09.919,0:27:16.239
your writing

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welcome back to insights into teens

0:28:24.080,0:28:29.679
we’re talking creative writing today

0:28:26.880,0:28:30.080
so let’s talk about what the future

0:28:29.679,0:28:32.480
might

0:28:30.080,0:28:34.559
hold for you and your creative writing

0:28:32.480,0:28:35.679
so before we get into any of the future

0:28:34.559,0:28:37.600
stuff

0:28:35.679,0:28:39.200
where are you now with writing are you

0:28:37.600,0:28:40.080
in the middle of any projects do you

0:28:39.200,0:28:43.039
have a couple of

0:28:40.080,0:28:44.159
projects going on and could you describe

0:28:43.039,0:28:46.559
what these projects

0:28:44.159,0:28:48.799
might entail well i have a couple

0:28:46.559,0:28:51.679
projects i’m working on one of course

0:28:48.799,0:28:52.720
is the series i’m working on i’m working

0:28:51.679,0:28:56.000
on the script for

0:28:52.720,0:28:58.960
episode two um and

0:28:56.000,0:29:00.240
um i’m hoping to have at least 12

0:28:58.960,0:29:02.640
episodes

0:29:00.240,0:29:04.960
in the first season so i’m gonna be

0:29:02.640,0:29:06.960
working on that for a little while

0:29:04.960,0:29:08.559
um i have a couple other like small

0:29:06.960,0:29:09.760
things here and there that i’m working

0:29:08.559,0:29:12.480
on but overall

0:29:09.760,0:29:13.840
that’s the main thing okay so what about

0:29:12.480,0:29:16.240
publishing you would said that

0:29:13.840,0:29:18.159
you know most of the stuff that you do

0:29:16.240,0:29:19.840
you kind of restrict it to your friends

0:29:18.159,0:29:22.399
and family right now

0:29:19.840,0:29:24.320
have you ever considered publishing any

0:29:22.399,0:29:27.360
of your creative writing online

0:29:24.320,0:29:28.880
or for distribution and print or

0:29:27.360,0:29:31.120
anything like that

0:29:28.880,0:29:32.640
i mean the one thing uh i have been

0:29:31.120,0:29:36.720
thinking about maybe

0:29:32.640,0:29:40.000
trying to put my um my uh

0:29:36.720,0:29:42.080
my one series out um but i don’t

0:29:40.000,0:29:44.240
entirely know how to turn it into a book

0:29:42.080,0:29:45.520
because every episode focuses on a

0:29:44.240,0:29:48.559
different perspective

0:29:45.520,0:29:49.919
of another character so unless i was

0:29:48.559,0:29:52.240
going to post the scripts

0:29:49.919,0:29:52.960
i wasn’t i’m not entirely sure how i

0:29:52.240,0:29:56.159
would

0:29:52.960,0:29:59.279
uh make in

0:29:56.159,0:30:00.080
publish them as a book so does does the

0:29:59.279,0:30:04.000
school

0:30:00.080,0:30:05.919
have any kind of writing club or school

0:30:04.000,0:30:07.440
paper or anything like that that you

0:30:05.919,0:30:10.480
might publish to

0:30:07.440,0:30:11.600
um there is the school uh the newspaper

0:30:10.480,0:30:14.880
club i think

0:30:11.600,0:30:18.480
um maybe that could be a way to

0:30:14.880,0:30:19.279
um publish something but again i’m not

0:30:18.480,0:30:21.600
entirely

0:30:19.279,0:30:24.720
sure how that will go sure well it’s

0:30:21.600,0:30:26.720
worth looking into her at least right

0:30:24.720,0:30:28.480
so are there other writing forms or

0:30:26.720,0:30:30.880
styles that you’ve not written

0:30:28.480,0:30:32.720
yet that you might want to try you

0:30:30.880,0:30:33.919
talked about not really writing much in

0:30:32.720,0:30:35.919
the way of

0:30:33.919,0:30:38.080
comedy is that something you’d like to

0:30:35.919,0:30:40.960
get into at some point in time

0:30:38.080,0:30:43.200
i mean possibly but comedy of course is

0:30:40.960,0:30:43.919
subjective so i might not try that one

0:30:43.200,0:30:46.399
out

0:30:43.919,0:30:48.399
maybe if i could try a tragedy i could

0:30:46.399,0:30:48.880
actually i actually do think maybe i’d

0:30:48.399,0:30:51.840
try

0:30:48.880,0:30:52.720
a tragedy and see how that would work as

0:30:51.840,0:30:54.559
well as

0:30:52.720,0:30:56.480
learning more about the hero quest of

0:30:54.559,0:31:00.000
course i’m working on the one

0:30:56.480,0:31:01.919
um uh d d story so hopefully i’ll get

0:31:00.000,0:31:04.320
more experience from the hero quest

0:31:01.919,0:31:05.679
so yeah there are different genres that

0:31:04.320,0:31:08.640
i might try out

0:31:05.679,0:31:10.399
okay now we’ve talked about whether you

0:31:08.640,0:31:10.880
write fiction or non-fiction you say you

0:31:10.399,0:31:13.919
don’t really

0:31:10.880,0:31:15.039
like writing non-fiction how about

0:31:13.919,0:31:19.120
something like uh

0:31:15.039,0:31:21.679
a biography or something in a news media

0:31:19.120,0:31:24.640
format where you’re writing about

0:31:21.679,0:31:26.080
an event or a review or something like

0:31:24.640,0:31:27.120
that would you be interested in trying

0:31:26.080,0:31:30.880
anything like that

0:31:27.120,0:31:34.080
kind of outside your comfort zone hmm

0:31:30.880,0:31:35.039
i i can see myself maybe trying that out

0:31:34.080,0:31:37.039
at some point

0:31:35.039,0:31:38.559
but for now i think i’ll stick with

0:31:37.039,0:31:40.399
fiction um

0:31:38.559,0:31:41.840
although it does sound cool to make a

0:31:40.399,0:31:45.600
biography or

0:31:41.840,0:31:47.919
news media style um i

0:31:45.600,0:31:49.519
right now i think i’m fine staying in my

0:31:47.919,0:31:51.679
comfort zone at the moment i might

0:31:49.519,0:31:53.600
branch out later on who knows

0:31:51.679,0:31:55.279
how about something like essays on our

0:31:53.600,0:31:57.360
podcast that we do you think that would

0:31:55.279,0:31:59.600
be something you’d be uh

0:31:57.360,0:32:01.120
interested in doing or a challenge you’d

0:31:59.600,0:32:02.799
want to take on

0:32:01.120,0:32:04.799
i mean i’m not bad at writing

0:32:02.799,0:32:06.720
non-fiction um

0:32:04.799,0:32:07.919
most of the time for school essays when

0:32:06.720,0:32:10.880
they’re not about

0:32:07.919,0:32:11.519
when like we have to describe something

0:32:10.880,0:32:14.480
i

0:32:11.519,0:32:15.679
i write pretty well for that it’s just i

0:32:14.480,0:32:18.000
don’t entirely

0:32:15.679,0:32:19.679
a lot of times i don’t enjoy writing

0:32:18.000,0:32:22.640
non-fiction but i might try

0:32:19.679,0:32:23.760
writing essays for the podcast so what

0:32:22.640,0:32:25.679
about

0:32:23.760,0:32:27.120
careers do you think you might be

0:32:25.679,0:32:30.240
interested in pursuing

0:32:27.120,0:32:31.440
a career that involves writing of some

0:32:30.240,0:32:34.080
sort

0:32:31.440,0:32:34.559
i mean i can definitely see trying to

0:32:34.080,0:32:37.600
get

0:32:34.559,0:32:39.679
a career that includes writing

0:32:37.600,0:32:41.279
um and if not i’ll probably use it as a

0:32:39.679,0:32:44.399
hobby and maybe then

0:32:41.279,0:32:46.320
sell the books um like publish them

0:32:44.399,0:32:47.440
and maybe make a little bit of money off

0:32:46.320,0:32:50.480
of them

0:32:47.440,0:32:52.399
i’m not sure i’m still kind of

0:32:50.480,0:32:53.519
confused about what i want to be when i

0:32:52.399,0:32:55.360
grow up so

0:32:53.519,0:32:57.279
sure well and there’s other

0:32:55.360,0:32:59.600
opportunities for creative writing you

0:32:57.279,0:33:02.960
could work in a marketing department

0:32:59.600,0:33:04.720
you could do copy edits for web pages

0:33:02.960,0:33:07.279
and stuff like that

0:33:04.720,0:33:09.120
um you know i’ve worked in web

0:33:07.279,0:33:11.519
development and one of the tasks that i

0:33:09.120,0:33:14.159
had in web development was

0:33:11.519,0:33:15.360
doing copy editing so a client comes to

0:33:14.159,0:33:16.960
you and

0:33:15.360,0:33:18.559
they have this idea of how they want

0:33:16.960,0:33:20.159
their web page worked out but they don’t

0:33:18.559,0:33:23.120
have the content

0:33:20.159,0:33:24.960
so through a series of interviews and

0:33:23.120,0:33:27.840
discussions and maybe looking at what

0:33:24.960,0:33:30.159
some of their literature looks like

0:33:27.840,0:33:31.600
you then write what the content on the

0:33:30.159,0:33:33.279
website is

0:33:31.600,0:33:36.080
so that’s another option that you have

0:33:33.279,0:33:38.000
from a professional standpoint

0:33:36.080,0:33:40.240
obviously reporter you know if you want

0:33:38.000,0:33:41.360
to go out and and do investigations or

0:33:40.240,0:33:44.640
you want to

0:33:41.360,0:33:46.559
do reviews um and a lot of a lot of

0:33:44.640,0:33:49.279
stuff like that happens on

0:33:46.559,0:33:50.399
youtube these days but you could write

0:33:49.279,0:33:53.760
for a magazine

0:33:50.399,0:33:55.039
you know if you like um technology for

0:33:53.760,0:33:57.679
instance

0:33:55.039,0:33:59.360
you could review the latest technology

0:33:57.679,0:34:00.880
and products and write stuff like that

0:33:59.360,0:34:03.360
would would something like that hold

0:34:00.880,0:34:06.080
your interest at all possibly

0:34:03.360,0:34:07.039
of course still kind of in the cree

0:34:06.080,0:34:10.480
still kind of

0:34:07.039,0:34:13.359
in the fiction standpoint so

0:34:10.480,0:34:14.720
i don’t know the future’s still interest

0:34:13.359,0:34:16.879
the future’s still

0:34:14.720,0:34:18.159
gonna be there and i need to figure out

0:34:16.879,0:34:19.040
and i still need to figure out what i’m

0:34:18.159,0:34:21.599
gonna do

0:34:19.040,0:34:23.359
true true not trying to push you in any

0:34:21.599,0:34:26.000
direction here

0:34:23.359,0:34:27.359
relax okay okay not asking you to make

0:34:26.000,0:34:28.960
any decisions

0:34:27.359,0:34:30.560
just saying that you know there are

0:34:28.960,0:34:32.639
options that are out there

0:34:30.560,0:34:34.560
yeah so what advice would you have for

0:34:32.639,0:34:38.800
teens who might be interested

0:34:34.560,0:34:43.119
in pursuing an interest in writing

0:34:38.800,0:34:43.119
well so

0:34:43.679,0:34:47.359
i don’t entirely have advice for

0:34:45.839,0:34:50.800
non-fiction

0:34:47.359,0:34:52.639
um entirely um i’d say just

0:34:50.800,0:34:54.399
learn the non-fiction signposts and

0:34:52.639,0:34:56.960
possibly include them

0:34:54.399,0:34:57.680
as well as do your research doing during

0:34:56.960,0:35:00.240
it

0:34:57.680,0:35:01.280
um but for fiction i’d say you first

0:35:00.240,0:35:03.680
need to learn

0:35:01.280,0:35:04.720
about the plot wave map and the

0:35:03.680,0:35:06.800
different elements

0:35:04.720,0:35:08.400
and kind of figure out what kind of

0:35:06.800,0:35:12.640
stories you want to make

0:35:08.400,0:35:15.520
um and um then i

0:35:12.640,0:35:17.440
and i’d also say that if you have an

0:35:15.520,0:35:19.680
idea for a story

0:35:17.440,0:35:22.000
write it down well not like write it

0:35:19.680,0:35:23.599
down but like write your idea down

0:35:22.000,0:35:25.280
and then you can branch off of it when

0:35:23.599,0:35:27.760
you have the chance

0:35:25.280,0:35:28.800
and then you can possibly turn it into a

0:35:27.760,0:35:32.240
story

0:35:28.800,0:35:35.839
and you know you make and yeah

0:35:32.240,0:35:39.119
just turn your idea into a story um

0:35:35.839,0:35:40.800
uh writing is a lot about uh creativity

0:35:39.119,0:35:42.960
and although you can learn the different

0:35:40.800,0:35:44.720
methods for creative writing

0:35:42.960,0:35:46.320
it’s all about what you want to do and

0:35:44.720,0:35:48.880
how you want to write

0:35:46.320,0:35:51.040
so when you write what tools do you use

0:35:48.880,0:35:54.400
like we had talked about

0:35:51.040,0:35:56.000
in the in the graphic art uh podcast we

0:35:54.400,0:35:57.440
did last time

0:35:56.000,0:35:59.520
we talked about the fact that you did a

0:35:57.440,0:36:03.200
lot of digital art on your tablet

0:35:59.520,0:36:05.359
so when you write creatively are you

0:36:03.200,0:36:07.760
using a notebook and writing it down are

0:36:05.359,0:36:09.599
you using just a simple word processor

0:36:07.760,0:36:10.800
is there a specific tool that you use

0:36:09.599,0:36:14.000
how do you do it do you

0:36:10.800,0:36:17.440
do it digitally or do you do it analog

0:36:14.000,0:36:20.079
writing it down by hand um now i’ve been

0:36:17.440,0:36:20.720
kind of typing them out i do sometimes

0:36:20.079,0:36:23.280
write down

0:36:20.720,0:36:24.480
some of the ideas that i want to keep in

0:36:23.280,0:36:28.560
mind

0:36:24.480,0:36:29.040
um so i’d say kind of both those are

0:36:28.560,0:36:32.320
main

0:36:29.040,0:36:35.359
those are my main tools um

0:36:32.320,0:36:37.599
so yeah they’re kind of

0:36:35.359,0:36:38.480
simple i guess so when you work you’re

0:36:37.599,0:36:40.400
working in a

0:36:38.480,0:36:41.920
controlled environment at home in your

0:36:40.400,0:36:44.160
room in the kitchen or something like

0:36:41.920,0:36:46.079
that

0:36:44.160,0:36:47.920
do you think you would you would be

0:36:46.079,0:36:51.119
comfortable going to

0:36:47.920,0:36:53.200
a park or something like that to draw

0:36:51.119,0:36:54.800
inspiration from your surroundings and

0:36:53.200,0:36:56.240
right in an environment like that do you

0:36:54.800,0:36:56.720
think something like that would work for

0:36:56.240,0:36:58.800
you

0:36:56.720,0:37:00.720
i mean the fact that i was able to come

0:36:58.800,0:37:02.720
up with an entire story about two

0:37:00.720,0:37:04.880
squirrels who were just standing

0:37:02.720,0:37:06.640
while we had just droven by after my

0:37:04.880,0:37:08.320
orthodontist appointment i’m pretty sure

0:37:06.640,0:37:09.040
i’d be able to find some inspiration

0:37:08.320,0:37:11.920
from the park

0:37:09.040,0:37:12.880
i’m sure you would well that was all the

0:37:11.920,0:37:15.280
questions that i

0:37:12.880,0:37:16.160
had uh did you have anything else that

0:37:15.280,0:37:23.839
you wanted to

0:37:16.160,0:37:23.839
to add to the discussion um

0:37:24.640,0:37:30.079
did i miss anything you wanted to talk

0:37:26.480,0:37:32.640
about any other advice you want to give

0:37:30.079,0:37:34.160
um i guess i’ll just save the advice for

0:37:32.640,0:37:37.359
the closing remarks

0:37:34.160,0:37:40.800
okay well we’re

0:37:37.359,0:37:40.800
ready for the closing remarks

0:37:42.640,0:37:50.800
let’s do a transition and have you come

0:37:44.160,0:37:52.720
back with your closing remarks

0:37:50.800,0:37:54.240
go for your closing remarks and shout

0:37:52.720,0:37:57.119
outs okay

0:37:54.240,0:37:57.520
so to anyone out there who does want to

0:37:57.119,0:38:00.880
do

0:37:57.520,0:38:01.520
creative writing um like i said before

0:38:00.880,0:38:05.040
it’s

0:38:01.520,0:38:08.560
all about your own what

0:38:05.040,0:38:11.440
what you want to me um i would suggest

0:38:08.560,0:38:13.040
at least learning a bit more about how

0:38:11.440,0:38:16.160
to make creative writing

0:38:13.040,0:38:19.280
and um stuff like that and of course

0:38:16.160,0:38:20.079
always and a lot of times i’ll say try

0:38:19.280,0:38:23.040
to

0:38:20.079,0:38:24.720
get inspiration from your surroundings

0:38:23.040,0:38:26.880
um

0:38:24.720,0:38:28.000
i always like coming up with stories on

0:38:26.880,0:38:31.200
the spot and

0:38:28.000,0:38:31.599
i can come up with stories like out of

0:38:31.200,0:38:33.760
thin

0:38:31.599,0:38:34.880
air and i know a lot of people aren’t

0:38:33.760,0:38:37.599
like that but

0:38:34.880,0:38:40.240
try it out and see how it works okay i

0:38:37.599,0:38:42.720
think that is sage advice

0:38:40.240,0:38:44.079
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