I just wanted to quickly share here one of our new songs from The Faithful Trouadbour Publications. It’s called “Brave” from our newest musical ATLANTIS and is one of my favorite songs we have written so far.
While it’s certainly not this big encouraging song, there is this kind of encouragement in having something that represents you, where ever you are. An encouragement of knowing you’re not the only one who feels that way, to express how you feel when words are hard, to be transparent.
This song is very much a part of me, like much of the music we write, but I hope that it will encourage you to hear it as it has encouraged me to share it. You aren’t alone, you aren’t the only one who feels like they can’t ever measure up, and even though it’s hard to believe sometimes, you are enough.
I just finished Act 1 of Colors to Stars and I’tm already in analyzing mode. There might not be enough words. Should it be longer? Hmm. I can add a scene here and here without slowing down the pacing too much. Might even help it build better.
The only problem is, I have experienced time and time again, and heard from others over and over, that the priority of a first draft is not word counts or the perfect outline or seamless pacing: it’s to finish. So I have to do the hard thing and not go back. I have to keep writing, moving foward.
The nice thing is that my outline, while complete and leads between plot points smoothly (I hope!), leaves plenty of room for discovery. In fact, almost every single scene I’ve plotted has evolved much differently than I originally pictured. The start and finish lines are the same, but how the characters move from one to the other is a whole new adventure.Read More »