Script Writing. It’s hard. Really hard. I knew that going into this online course. It is the reason I’ve stayed away from it for so long. I give all the props in the world to the amazing writers who do it day in and day out on scripted television shows, and films. There is nothing easy about it. But it was a challenge that I wanted to tackle.
You’d think, as an actor, script writing would be the first thing I’d attempt. Honestly, I toyed with it as a kid, but I never really stuck with it. Why? Because I loved performing the words more than I liked writing them. Which is odd because I truly love writing prose, but in prose, you tell the whole story, actions and dialogue. In script writing, you let the creative team and performers do that work for you. It’s weird.
I’ll say this, though, it is allowing me to play in a sandbox that has been cluttering up my head and keeping me from writing my prose work. Those characters now get to play, and get to be read by the people taking the course. It’s pleasant, and I love the feedback, both good and bad. And, frankly, it lets me play in space. As in, outer space, which is my setting for my pilot script.
Of course, there is a character I’d love to play. Of course I have actors cast in my head. Why not? It’s an exercise.
The challenge has been good for me so far. I haven’t quite wanted to bang my head against the table. While I’ve been frustrated with the aimlessness I’ve tackled this project with, I’m pleased with the story that is unfolding. It’s hard, sticking to dialogue, trying to convey a story with only that, but I think, in the end, my prose work will be better for it.