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Friday, February 15, 2008
Screenwriting & Irritability
Feeling irritable about Screenplay No. 2: grim people, atrocities, brutality, crime, shocking developments, it's not a pretty world and reading snatches of Frost keeps reminding me how much deeper one can go in portraying the mind in a novel, so naturally I feel an urge to get a novel going but that would be a mistake, I've got to finish what I've started and that means slugging it out to the bitter end with this screenplay, another problem being that the screenplay is devoid of humor whereas when I'm writing fiction I'm looking for the humorous angle on things almost all the time, which makes for rewarding writing, as opposed to the unrelenting grimness of a noir screenplay.
Posted by Richard McNally at 11:13 PM
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Thanks for helping me to feel normal. Here I was...banging my head against the monitor... wondering if writing a screenplay was the way to go.
Everyday I feel as if it's back to square one.
I write ten pages that hook them to tears...but guess what?
TOO MANY LOCATIONS.
or, the scene that I've just come from didn't spin me into the next...
or, my Protag doesn't have enough emotional problems...
"so naturally I feel an urge to get a novel going but that would be a mistake, I've got to finish what I've started."
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