I'm so honored. Thank you, John. Rock on, Kung Fu Monkey.
The most unexpected result of all my blathering blogs has been this community of screenwriters. And to be read by "working" screenwriters is the greatest compliment of all.
Since I took down my screenplay progress bars, I promised I'd keep you all updated. Still slugging through my rewrite of my fictional script about twentysomethings taking care of parents with cancer. Yes, Billy Mernit, the Cancer Rom-Com. :)
It's continued to get amazing responses from people, and I do think it's my best script. But polishing it right now while Mom is at the lowest point she's been at medically is tearing me up inside. I feel physically ill working on it. Guess I need to turn it around in my mind. Think about it honoring her...then I can get happy about the work.
Thank the gods Wendall Thomas is right beside me through this rewrite process. I've definitely learned it is the biggest skill in the craft. I'm trying to think about it with the detachment I had when I programmed...just look at each page and find the code that isn't working.
The most important element I've learned from her is how to create integrated sequences (something the UCLA Professional Program didn't touch on at all). I'm also looking at how each scene flows into the next; if there is a sound or visual transition. And does each scene have a beginning/middle/end as if it were its own play. Does each scene perform at least three functions? And because I have five subplots, does each scene advance at least three of my plots? Does each character have an individual voice, and are there key phrases/words that repeat at least three times in plot points?
Oh right. THAT'S why I'm tired. I can't wait until September when this draft is done. It's going to be ready to send out. Which is good, because I'm running out of time. But before then I have to come up with a new name. While "Probationary Period" is a theme that is repeated in the script three times and really sums it up, it isn't reader or matinee-friendly.
So I'm thinking "Garden Station Agent."