Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The First Writer vs. The Re-writer

If you have some time, check out this debate over at The Artful Writer.

Pretty intersting stuff re: which is more difficult: being the original writer on a script, or having somebody come in and rewrite a project.

Saturday, December 17, 2005


Facing the blank page? Stuck on that second act? Ready to give up on that script, altogether?

Take time off. Relax. Chill. Slack off.

Here's just one of many ways to procrastinate :


Writing Rituals

After perusing the Scribosphere, it looks like everybody has their own set of unique writing rituals. Besides shackling myself to my computer, snorting geeker lines of pureed coffee beans, and popping Vivarin like Skittles, I enjoy listening to music. Regardless of genre, it gets me into the writing mood.

So, if you enjoy taking the music trip, what's on your playlist, rotation, etc?

My current playlist for the Horror spec I'm working on:

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of The Moon and The Wall
System of A Down - (All Albums)
Bach - (for the darker moments, and, besides, Bach rocks!)

Friday, December 09, 2005

Choose Your Own Genre

Not too long ago, when I first started learning about screenwriting, I heard various opinions regarding choosing a genre. Some said to show range, while others said to find a genre you enjoy and hone it. From everything I'd read, sticking to one genre won the battle.

But, is it important to -- dare I say -- pigeonhole one's self within one genre? I enjoy writing horror and action, with comedic bits thrown in, when necessary. I can write both horror and action independently of each other, but I could never write an all-out comedy.

(As an aside, I have great respect for comedy writers. Creating humor on the page -- for 110 pages -- seems like it would be a challenge.)

So, fellow space travelers, here's the big question: When trying to break into Hollywood, is it better to stick to one genre, or is showing your range in various genres something to capitalize upon?