Or, more accurately, I’ve written the first draft of a screenplay. Quite timely I think, considering yesterday’s post. I will now sit back and await fame and fortune.
It’s quite a feat for me – 71 pages (or, an hour and 11 minutes). I feel exhausted, mentally drained. It’s awful – I lost the ability to write coherently, the description is clunky and overly complicated. And it’s too short, the relationships between the characters don’t quite work.
But the good news is, I’VE WRITTEN A SCREENPLAY. Now, I am no longer one of those people who says they’re going to write a screenplay but doesn’t. I have! It’s a rough draft, but it’s a screenplay with FADE IN: and FADE OUT: and a whole bunch of stuff happening in between.
Right now, I’m resting – collecting my thoughts and energies before going back and starting the re-writing process. What this means is I’m reading a lot of How to Screenplay books and articles to see what I should be doing (or should have done). If I’m not careful, this will be all I do for the rest of the year.
This interview with po-faced John Truby is very useful, apart from when he says that your first draft is like concrete and practically unchangeable. Yeah, thanks John. My screenwriting brain is young and underdeveloped. Most of the problems with my screenplay stem from the fact that I didn’t know things wouldn’t work until I’d written them down.
The good news is, I really like my dialogue. I feel I can say, “Yeah, I’ve always been comfortable writing dialogue.” This probably means my dialogue is awful.
To be sure, I’ll keep you posted on the slow progress of My First Screenplay, you lucky lucky people.
Oh, and any of you readers: What are your experiences writing screenplays?! Any advice? Any war stories (about screenwriting, I mean)? Leave a comment!