Fiction vs. Non

Observation: Writing a screenplay is HARD.

Day three of the 14-Day Screenplay… I’m at the top of an empty page nine.


I can write non-fiction all day long. I churn out two columns a week, every week. In just over three years, I’ve written and published three books (or four, if you count each SMFA as its own title).

But ask me to create a world, get the visions that exist only in my head onto paper, and you will see me STUCK.

Doesn’t mean I won’t do it, I’ll just struggle in a way I’m not used to struggling, while writing. I guess it’s good to stretch an unused muscle every now and then, eh?

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  1. Bon June 5, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    Oh, and don’t get me wrong! I’m very proud of what I’ve done. It’s just kind of ODD to have something that generally comes so easily be so HARD just because it’s a different type of writing.

  2. Lydia Blanco June 5, 2006 at 9:37 pm

    I have complete faith in you Bon! 🙂

  3. Ed R June 5, 2006 at 9:56 pm

    Approach it like it’s non-fiction, then! Pick a plot, do the research, visualize the scenes and dialog, and record what you see.
    Nto that that works for ME mind you.

  4. babes June 5, 2006 at 11:13 pm

    Scat, I have FAITH in you!!!
    You are way awesomer than me, no matter anything you say. It’s nonfiction. It’s fact.

  5. Debra June 6, 2006 at 12:24 am

    Go BABY GO!!!

  6. Erik June 6, 2006 at 1:06 am

    The more you make yourself do it, the easier it gets…

  7. Aleta June 6, 2006 at 8:37 am

    You’re someone who inspires and an amazingly brilliant person so I know you can do this.

  8. PameLa June 6, 2006 at 9:08 am

    Rock on babe! There’s no doubt that the Bon’ll deliver. “BWD”= Bon will deliver. Teehee…

  9. Hal June 6, 2006 at 9:41 am

    Like the Nike folks used to say, just do it. Write and write and write and and you’ll get unstuck.
    I can’t wait to see how this all comes together!
    Good luck.

  10. Cappie June 6, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    Glad to hear you’re going to stick with it Bon. Good luck.

  11. Pei June 6, 2006 at 4:54 pm

    don’t worry page 11 is the hardest one to write lol
    I hope to see everyone finish, still lots of time
    good luck

  12. babes June 6, 2006 at 6:43 pm

    Call it, “14 days to a better you” –
    Finally today I got so disgusted with myself I’m doing an assload of laundry, cleaning everything, and hopefully making it to the gym (for the 1st time in over a week…)and setting up my new printer!
    So I’ll miss a week at Tuesdays…so nothing compared with finally getting all these things done that make me feel like a loser every day for having NO incentive to do…
    (Oh and Btw, still on page 52 so you can totally catch up! If I get everything ELSE on my agenda done I’ll revisit and try to crank out a few more pages in the wee hours!)
    Soooo do not want to be the “hare” of this fable…
    Keep at it! Your script is gonna rock!

  13. Anna June 6, 2006 at 7:21 pm

    Kick ass, ’cause I know you can.

  14. Fun Joel June 6, 2006 at 7:59 pm

    Let me know if I can be of any assistance. 🙂

  15. Bon June 6, 2006 at 11:16 pm

    WOW! Thanks, everyone! You’re all so very very very wonderful. Wow! Awesome comments. THANK YOU.
    Today was intense. Four-and-a-half-hour casting meeting on HILMMAKS (I get to make an offer on a minor role to one of my friends tomorrow–WHEE) and loads of phone calls before and after regarding the two shorts I’m casting. An offer on one of those goes out tomorrow, prereads on the other all day Thursday. Phew! I am casting my ass off!
    But I’m very excited about the screenplay. Y’all know how much I love THE PRESSURE of the deadline to get me really fired up, in writing. So, I’m willing to bet I’ll have a pretty intense weekend and loads of pages cranking out next week (between more casting meetings and callbacks).
    OH! And it looks like ANOTHER of the contacts I made at the QOCC and 2DI screening last month is going to turn into a casting job. ANOTHER FRICKIN’ SERIES!
    Grow, garden grow!
    Okay, to bed. Yes, I’m serious. This has been a rockstar day and I’m pooped. I imagine I’ll be awake in a few hours and back at work on Moshi’s world. I’ll report when I can.
    Again, thanks everyone for the encouragement. I LOVE IT! XXOO


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