June 4, 2008

Wish Me Luck

Phew, what a week it has been.

Last week
C. Hope Clark posted an entry on her blog regarding a script contest for Fox and NYTVF; thank you Hope. I have always wanted to write a sitcom, but of course I didn’t have anything on paper when I read about the contest. Well, I wasn’t going to let that discourage me, so I dropped everything and wrote like crazy for 3 to 4 hours at least. By then I had 2 solid pages, including the title page and was ready for a little break.

Two days later; I was back and ready to write. Write what? I knew my characters, I knew what I wanted them to do; I just didn’t know what I wanted them to say. I am not used to writing dialog, so unless I wanted the whole show to be a voice over directing the characters through the story, I had to give them voices.

Ok, so now I have got the prologue and most of ACT I. I will just take a little break while I figure out how to write ACT II.

Two days later. You know how life is what happens while you’re making plans? Well, if I could get life to give me a break for a minute, maybe I could get something on paper.

Later that same day as our heroine is nodding off for the night….cranial fireworks. I love it when this happens; I am lying in bed on the brink of sleep and stuff starts poppin'. I have learned to keep a pen and paper by the bed because I don’t remember these jewels of ideas the next day. I have also learned how to work the voice memo feature on my cell phone, as it seems the long drive to work is a likely time for the synapses to start firing.

Now it is Sunday afternoon around 3pm and I make the announcement. “I am done; I just have to …...” Now it is Sunday evening around 8pm. “I am done, could you check my spelling, grammar, and formatting?” Sunday, 11 freakin pm. “I am so done, could you help me save it as a PDF?” “What do you mean we don’t have that function…I didn’t know that, can you help me?” Monday 1 am. “I know you are done baby, thank you so much, you’re the best husband ever!” Monday noon, the script is entered.

God that was fun, I loved it, except for the downloading Adobe PDF stuff, but all is well now. I think it is a good script and I already have 5 or 6 more episodes in my head; just got to write them. Look out life, I’m busy.


Anonymous said...

i entered that contest, too. do you know how many entered?

Wendy Gail Ellen said...

Hi Christine,
I think they got the full 1500,because the contest closed in the afternoon of the 13th.
Good to you.

Wendy Gail Ellen said...

I meant to say Good Luck to you.
Can't type!!! Do you think they will hold that against me? lol