And, er, a whole lot of flexibility.
I nearly shelved my screenplay. I was stuck in the first rewrite and couldn’t figure out where I had gone wrong. There was something off about the storyline. Something that didn’t feel right. Great ideas, seemingly poor execution. I poured through my reference books, but couldn’t find anything to set me in a new direction and taser my mind.
Then I started working through The Coffee Break Screenwriter by Pilar Alessandra. It’s the perfect guide for me right now because the author dices the elephant into bite-sized pieces- 10-minute nibbles, to be exact. I can’t give a full review of the book because I’ve only worked through a portion of it, but thus far Pilar Alessandra’s suggestions have been invaluable. She takes you step-by-step through the writing process and offers advice to help lift you out of a hole. Switching up sequences, reworking a beat-sheet in nonlinear structure, play up the “what-ifs” for all their worth.
Through one of her suggestions, I decided to work backwards through the storyline and I figured out the problem, thus now I can find a solution. I have a remodel on my hands, but I can do it and the story will be better for it.
Someone told me the other day that I’ll be stuck in this office for life. She knows I write and she knows I’m trying to do something more than this, but she said I was a “lifer.” I would never get out of here. She said it even after I reminded her that I was writing. Her comment pissed me off, but now I thank her for saying it because it set a fire under my ass. I thought, who in the hell does she think she is to tell me that? She doesn’t determine my future, my existence. Well, she said it because it appears to be true. I am working my tiny office and I have been for quite some time. Yes, I am thankful that I have a job in this economy. Don’t get me wrong. But I want more. More, I tell you!
I’m working toward my goals, even if it’s 10 minutes at a time. I will succeed. It might be a year from now, but I will get there.
Naysayers, be damned. I refuse to listen to you.