Writing a script is a fascinating process/journey. And what I’ve learned is: The script is NOT finished yet. I had to write a treatment of it, which I had done before writing it, but after doing about 20 versions of that, I decided we had enough to get going. I think that was a mistake. I think what I should have done is show people that treatment and get input on that FIRST. I think I’ve gone about this the wrong way.
At any rate, I’ve gotten feedback from a Writers Store coach on the treatment and she pointed out some things to me that I felt were spot-on (others weren’t). The treatment really needs to clearly delineate what happens in the script. I realized I was saying things in it that might’ve sounded good on paper or as a turn of phrase, but that they were not what was happening in the script. So, they were pointless. Each word has power, and it’s easy to forget that.
At any rate, since this is essentially my little blog to post my progress, I guess where I am at now is cluing in to the power of the treatment and how that will affect the script and/or dictate what should happen in the script. The treatment allows us to clearly see whether something makes sense or not. So, I got “clear” on that, and I will endeavor to finish that and to update changes in the script.
They I must write the synopsis and after that… if I get excellent notes from people, I will apply them. And I will send out whatever my best version is. And I will stop obsessing about it because I can do my best and that is all I can do.
And then I will move on. You know, there are THOUSANDS of books and blogs and posts and god-knows-what about how to write a screenplay. I don’t have time to read all of them, but I hope I can pick up something of value from whatever I do read.
And something caught my eye the other day: Don’t make the lead character “nice.” We actually do not have to “like” the lead character, but the lead character must be “engaging”; I liked this word. Like the word. That’s right; something about the lead character must be engaging in order for us to care about their fate. I think my problem or issue with my lead character is that she is too nice and that it takes her a while to actually come to terms with her hurt and anger. But that is who she is at this point in time and so, I have to work with what I’ve got.
I hope I will continue to receive valuable notes and that the script will reflect them. But… I do not want this year to be about rewriting this script. It’s time to write a new one, and I feel it.