Saturday, May 8, 2010

Saturday, May 8, 2010
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and cooler

Tired. Didn’t run this morning. Elsa had a bad night. I got up at 4 to give her medicine, in the hopes of giving her some relief, and then fell asleep again, and overslept.

Yesterday was another good writing day, thank goodness. I did another twenty pages on SETTLING THE SCORE, the screenplay. Letting things unfold. I’m worried that some of the major characters don’t get introduced until too far into the piece. It’s also become Lucas’s story, he’s the one we see from the get-go and the one we follow. My original vision was that it was more Elizabeth & Chris’s story. I made some internal cuts, and then, after dinner, when I thought I was so written out I couldn’t even speak properly, I had an idea. I put Max into the original diner scenes with Elise, Viola, Arthur, Lucas, and Jimmy, so they’re all there together and I can cut a lot of the road scenes. It means daylight arcs are even more important to indicate time passage.

An actor friend (who likes performing in my work) said he thinks I’m so used to having female protagonists at the center of my work (because I’m known for strong female characters, especially in plays and screenplays — not women behaving like men, but strong female characters), he’d like to see a male protag at center. He thinks I write well for men — and, of course, he wants to be considered for the role! 😉 I’m writing the role of Jimmy for him, but still . . .

I think I’ll continue the way the story’s unfolding now so that I learn about the characters and then, in the next revision, maybe rearrange some scenes and introduce some of the other characters earlier, having the story run on parallel tracks until they all intersect, rather than the current episodic. Send both versions to the readers, see which one gets the best response!

Ran out of ink. Ran out of 3-hole punch paper (I put my drafts in binders). Can’t find my hole puncher. Yeah, a Mercury Retrograde type of day!

Packed a bunch of stuff for storage. Will pack more and make a couple of trips this weekend. Have to get in the goodies for my mom for Mother’s Day.

It’s so funny — a character in another piece discussed writing a piece such as SETTLING THE SCORE in a scene where she was on a panel discussion at a conference, and here I am, writing the piece.

Back to work.


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  1. Sorry about Elsa’s bad night which became your bad night.

    When I write a story I get very stubborn about changing the POV, whose story it is, like I know best. I’m getting over this as I step back and ask myself – who is the most interesting person here and the most interesting story? Many times, my direction changes.

    When you get a minute, would you email me? I can’t find your email on your blog (it’s probably right in front of me). tcoltrin (at) gmail(dot)com Whenever you have a free moment.

    Have a great Mom’s day with your mother.

  2. You have a lot going on right now. I’m sorry to hear Elsa had a bad night. I hope she’s better today. Sending good thoughts to you.

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