Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Overhaulin' and an Award

Many of you know, if you read my blog, that I'm writing a screenplay as my MFA thesis. I was working on it yesterday and struggling to make scenes fit and I finally just said to myself, "this sucks." Because it did. I was trying to force scenes to work where they just didn't. Act I was pushing 40 pages, which is too long.

So I sat down with Hubby, who is the "Idea Man" and a really great brainstorming partner, and we hammered out a much, much better Act I, which will blend (hopefully) seamlessly into Act II, so now the film will have a smooth feel throughout.

Of course this means I have to completely scrap 40 pages and start again from scratch. I can hear my mentor tearing his hair out from here. We've already been going round and round because I was fussing over Act I and he kept telling me to move on to Act II and deal with Act I later. Now I want to rewrite the whole thing. He's gonna think I'm insane. But hey, as an artist, isn't it one of my prerogatives to scrap it all and start over for the sake of making better art?

The upside is that now I have much more confidence in the story and I'm not afraid of it anymore. In fact, I've already got 7 new pages written. Yay!

I also got a Picasso award today from Kelly over at Rants, Observations and Other Remarks. It's one I've already gratefully received, but that doesn't mean I'm any less grateful to have received it again from Miss Kelly. So, thank you Kelly! I'm not entirely sure what the conditions of this award are, but it looks like she listed 7 interesting tidbits about herself then passed it on to 7 other people. Since I already received this award once I've already subjected you to 7 tidbits about myself, and as always when I receive an award I can never single out 7 other people to pass the award to because I like everyone's blogs so much I can't decide. So everyone, please feel free to snag the award and paste it on your blog...because you're all worth it!


Terri Tiffany said...

It's always nice when we finally really love our work even if it means getting rid of parts we first liked! Glad it's coming along and your husband is a sweetie for helping!

Courtney Reese said...

Congrats on you awards!

Terresa said...

Congrats on the award. It's lovely.

I hear you about the rewriting stuff. I wrote a huge chunk of a manuscript that I just may have to scrap (sigh).

Rewrites are worth it, though. And yours will be great!

PS: My hubs is an "idea man" too.

Bethany Wiggins said...

I have found that in rewriting something, I am much better at it the second time around. So hang in there! And don't give up.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Hate to have to lose so much of what's written, but it'll be better for the rewrite. Good luck!