Most Organic Writing Process – Geoff Ryan

Film Courage: In the writing and development process what kinds of questions were you asking yourself about story or characters?

Filmmaker, Geoff Ryan: In my writing process I have a weird process. I read this book called The Mind of The Maker by Dorothy L. Sayers. It’s a fascinating book. I recommend it to anybody in the creative field.

She wrote it in the 1940’s (1941 it came out). She was a mystery writer but she wrote this one. She was trying to write a book of theology but in trying to explain the mind of a God she uses artists and writers as an example. One of the things I loved about it is she said that as a creator you create the world, you create the physics of it and the laws of it and you create the people that inhabit it but then you give them free will. To me that is the most organic form of writing. My writing process is I try to just see the world and try to understand it and know who my characters are in premise and then I literally just ferment on that for awhile until I feel like I have an understanding. I write notes and stuff like that and then I literally just sit down and write. When it comes to plot points — What would they do here? What would they do here?…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

 

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