The One Where I Turn Writer

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Actually, that title is a little misleading. I have been a writer for a few years now, and I’ve even been paid for it. True, I was typing out lines for a newspaper as a feature writer, but it was a job that demanded a fair bit of creativity and a handy turn of phrase or two. Now, however, I like to call myself a full-time writer. You see, I quit my job at the newspaper sometime last year. The ostensible reason was that I wanted to spend some time with my family and do some travelling before I got married, and that the wedding preparations take up a lot of my time. However, I also wanted to finally get down to writing fiction.

Now would be a good time to confess that I haven’t actually written fiction in ages. I had a bright idea a few years ago and I typed out a few pages in Courier. My creative writing class generally liked the piece; the same can’t be said for my professors. I was a little disappointed in the story myself, since it hadn’t quite had the power and raw emotion that I had expected.

Anyway, now I’m trying my hand at writing fiction again. I have had a few good ideas recently, which I religiously jotted down. The fleshing out of those ideas has begun. One is a novel and the other is a script. Actually, the second one started life as an idea for a novel as well, but a friend told me that a movie producer friend of hers was looking for fresh stories. I pitched mine, he liked it and suggested I develop it into a script. He hasn’t promised to turn my script into a movie, but I’m not letting that deter me. I’ve decided that this is just the push I need. I’ve been writing, on and off, for a few days now and my total output: 3 pages. Let me tell you: writing is hard work.

So have I learnt anything while trying to type out these damnably hard pages of screenplay? Why, yes. It’s Writing 101, really: just keep writing. I keep reminding myself that no one has yet paid me to turn out a script by a deadline and I actually have the freedom to make mistakes. I can be as crazy as I like while I write, as long as I remember to be in my proper senses when I edit.  But it’s not as easy as it sounds. In fact, weird as this may sound, it’s even harder than the actual act of writing.

P.S. Those who’re interested can keep track of my progress with the little Script Frenzy widget I have on the right. And those of you writing scripts, please do join us Frenziers!


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