Category: Creativity

Screenwriting: Collaboration, the Gift that Keeps Giving

I am incredibly, stupendously lucky to have such gifted, inspirational friends who are willing to sit back for hours, drink tea, and chat about writing.  The words flowed like Earl Gray, and, in the end, culminated in 6 pages of brilliance.

Seriously, I enjoy getting lost in my own world and writing, but it is incredibly helpful to have someone willing and able to bounce ideas back and forth.  Not only do you figure out where you are missing something, you also figure out really quickly whether or not you’re on the right track.

So, I guess the Lesson Learned (or, Re-Learned) Today would be that you should never be afraid to reach out.  There is a wealth of ideas and interesting perspectives just waiting to be explored.

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Screenwriting: The Final Streeeeeetch

I’m not sure if it is just that I am in The Writing Zone, or if it is the fact that I am in the final haul, but the Final Stretch of my script is feeling less like a stretch, and more like a leisurely stroll after a pleasant, incredibly satisfying jaunt.  Though I managed only 6 pages today (and look at me, saying “only” as if it were a bad thing), but those were six pages leading towards the inevitable confrontation that leads to the Glorious Finale.

A body was discovered, a point of contention was readdressed, Chekov’s Gun is cocked and loaded (and waiting patiently on the mantelpiece).  All in all, things are coming together in a way that is most satisfying.

I will, of course, be tweaking for dialogue, details, and general anal retentiveness to the last minute, but still.  The stage is set and the shot is fired.  All that’s left now is that last sprint to the Finish Line…and perhaps, a lot of paranoid, last minute research.

Even so.

This has been, and continues to be, one hell of a ride.

Screenwriting: Tweaking Takes Time

I am forever thankful for my lovely, glorious friends who are willing to let me interrupt them with endless questions and shove my new scenes in front of their faces for a second opinion.  This has probably saved me hours of brainstorming later, trying to figure out what was wrong/missing.  Well, there is no probably about it.  This HAS saved me several hours of pulling my hair out and giving myself ulcers.

Honestly, I have a good idea of where I’m going for the final part of my script, but thanks to the little inserts, tweaks and feedback, I am sure that the journey there will be a lot smoother (for me, not my characters).  I knew beforehand how important having a second, third, or fourth pair of eyes was in the creative process, but I never appreciated it quite as much as I do now, especially with the possibility of actually seeing my baby produced.

I think what I’ve learned from this is that you should never underestimate the value of a friend who isn’t afraid to point out where your writing is falling short, but who does it in a way that’s actually constructive.

Screenwriting: SO MUCH PROGRESS OMFG

…what it says on the tin.  5 hours of revisions, a few new scenes to tighten things up, and the glee of knowing that I already have someone interested in this thing, should I decide not to produce it myself.

In terms of the purely writing aspect, having someone to bounce things off of make it so, so, sooo much easier to find out where there are holes that need filling (insert your own joke here).  I mean, I had a few ideas of places where I could add a thing or two, but having someone point out something later that can be explained in a scene that would fit in one of those potential holes is quite nice.  It reinforces the idea that I should just go with my instinct and not omit a scene, just because I’m not sure if it’s “too much.”

More often than not, those things I’ve omitted as “too much” have turned out to be the things that needed to be there the most.  Go figure.  Anyway, I will just keep reminding myself to breath, let shit go how it’s going to go, and Keep Buggering On.

Screenwriting: Brainstorming Bonanza

There aren’t enough words in the English language to describe how amazing Brainstorming can be, when done with the right people.  That is one of the many reasons why I love, love, LOVE my writer friends and family.  Just one comment, one word can give you ideas that can take you to new places.  So, while my script may have a brand new ending in the works, it is one that is both much more believable and much more memorable.

Though I had plans to work on my script during my Spring Break, circumstances made it so I don’t have my critiqued script on hand.  This is, of course, too bad, but not something that can be helped.  Instead, I will take all this time to work out the kinks of the concluding third, and think about the small tweaks that will need to be made to the first 2/3 of the script.

This may be a bit of a hassle, true, but I don’t regret the effort if it means getting a good ending for my script.

Scriptwriting: Victoryyyyy!

You can’t see me…and lucky you, truly…but I am kind of glee flailing.  Today I finished part Le Deux of my script.  Yes, it ended up shorter than part Le Premiere, but I am 11 pages over my goal, for being this far into the script.

Yes, I have the entire last part to write, but that will be relatively easy, as I’ve already laid the groundwork for the downward spiral of doominess.  I left plenty of room for chaos, despair, and mayhem.

Of course, the revisions will come, but it is much easier to revise than to work from the ground up.

So.  Yes.  I AM preening and strutting like a peacock.  I’ve totally earned the right to do so.

Screenwriting: Part Two, Nearly DONE? WAT?

Yes, you read that header right.  BUHLIEVE me, I am nearly as surprised.  Especially since I was damn near flailing a few days ago.

See, with my first part being at roughly 41.25 pages, I was freaking out, thinking that the other two parts had to be of equal length.

“Not So,” said I to my Anal Retentive Nature, “the beginning was the back story, and the groundwork for what I’m doing now. It NEEDED to be long, so the audience could give a damn about these characters when they started to go off their rocker.  If I wimped out and held back, there would be no reason for you to care about what happens to them later.”

“Ah,” said my Anal Retentive Nature, “I think I get it, now.”

All this silliness (that actually happened, but in my head) aside, I have decided that, as long as part two ends at the moment where the tension is at its highest, all is well.  The film isn’t going to be viewing in parts, but as a whole, so who cares if they are equal in length.  Also, whether you’re watching a trilogy or reading a book, part two is essentially the climax: shit is/or has gone down, and things are looking pretty terrible, or like they’re about to arrive at Terrible’s front door.

So, yeah.  I might go in and add a page or two to make things look really, really bad for the protagonists, but mostly I’m going to put a chunk of the story in part three: personal downward-spiral of my characters, things getting worse, terrible revelations, uncertain fates, death, destruction, rebirth. ALL THAT.

So, maybe I’ve been flying a little high, lost as I’ve been in my characters’ heads.  Maybe I’m ecstatic from so much progress in just two days.  Either way, I’m doing this shit.

Come rain, shine, or personal melt-downs, I am going to Keep Buggering On.