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ScreenwriterBones

Stories from a seasoned screenwriter. Take heart! Your creative source is infinite and un-ending. Sometimes Hollywood just rips up the roadmap back to it. The bottom line is that Hollywood is not at all as bad as it sounds. Additionally, it's worse than you can imagine. Remember to pack a sense of humor.

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I am a screenwriter living in Southern California. I've written screenplays for most of the Hollywood studios over the past 20 years. One of the uncredited writers of FANTASTIC FOUR, I wrote FIRE DOWN BELOW starring Steven Seagal, and the TV Movie 12:01 PM starring Martin Landau and MANEATER with Gary Busey. I have directed short films. I have written on numerous Hollywood studio assignments, some for big shot actors, some for small shot nobodies.

Friday, May 13, 2005

The Trouble With Ideas

The trouble with ideas is that they are ephemeral. Just energy. Formulating them in your mind creates a sort of "creative tension" if you will, and sharing them, telling them or writing them down resolves the tension. I've found if I tell a brand new idea too much too soon I seem to somehow deflate this new tension and lose the steam for creating. It took me a while to figure out it wasn't that I didn't like the idea, but that somehow some aspect of the energy had been diminished. I realized this literally came from the over-telling of it. This is even true of a pitch. You have to formulate it, lock it in, before you over tell it. The trick is to find the system that works for you to hold the idea. Some quickly throw everything down on paper, even in the roughest form of outlines and ideas so that when they turn back to it I find what first excited them (me). Others have to write out finished few pages. But the common denominator here is that they are written down. Whatever works for you. If I create the structure "holds" the energy, I can always return there and be re-fired up if I lose a thread. You have to find a way to create a system to hold your ideas if you're in the business of telling and selling.

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