My last update was just before I had my gum surgery in March. Now that that is out of the way and I’m all patched up, I turned my focus toward writing another screenplay in April – which I did, which is where I’ve been the last month.
The last few years I have dedicated April to be ‘write a screenplay month’. It all started after I was going through a really bad case of writer’s block. In 2010, I found a ‘contest’ that forced you to write a screenplay in 30 days. It was called Script Frenzy. You didn’t win anything – just the satisfaction of completing a screenplay. Unfortunately, it no longer exists. However, I still use that method to get another screenplay under my belt.
In 2010, that method got rid of my writer’s block and I wrote not only 1 but 2 more that year. In 2011, I completed another one, and in 2012 another one. Since the contest ended that year, I made a point to continue the tradition of writing a screenplay every April. I was fortunate this year because it happened just as I was recovering from the gum surgery.
So I started April 1 and today (April 28) I finished it with 2 days to spare. By finished I mean a 1st draft. It is my belief that screenplays are never really finished because you are always tinkering with them somehow over the years they are in your possession. But I am so proud of myself for finishing another one – my 7th.
This time, I ventured into uncharted genre waters – a horror. I can’t talk too much about it because I haven’t registered it yet with the Writer’s Guild. That will come this week after I do a quick 2nd draft polish and then register it. However, it’s called ‘Stanley’. It was called ‘Gary’ but it sounded too much like ‘Carrie’, so I changed the title. I took great pains to not write too much gore and instead emphasize suspense and psychological terror – Hitchcock being a hero of mine.
So after I do a 2nd draft and register it, I’ll do a more in-depth article on it. I’ll also catch up on more of the postings on here that I have neglected over the past month, but meant to because I was so engrossed with my screenplay. Upcoming posts include the passing of many more celebrities (what the heck is going on this year anyway with all the passing of famous people) like Rita MacNeil, George Jones and Phil Ramone; the Juno Awards; and more milestones in Canadian tennis from both the men and the women on our Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams.
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