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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Scripts and shit

I'm halfway through the first semester of my Masters now, and so far it's proving to be a hell of a lot of work - so much so that I haven't really had any time to work on GOLEM or Loot The Room this month. I was fully intending to get another DM's Guild book done this month (seriously, it's all planned out and the maps are mostly drawn), but between work, the MA, and sleeping, I've not actually had a free day in the last month (apart from a few days this week when I was sick).

A large portion of the MA thus far has been dedicated to writing scripts. The emphasis has been on writing for the stage, but that doesn't really interest me. Film, on the other hand, is something I've always been fascinated by. For some reason, though, I've never really tried my hand at screenwriting. I had never actually read a film script until this month.

What I've discovered is that I really enjoy screenwriting. I'm not particularly good at it yet, and the formatting still feels pretty alien to me, but I am enjoying it.

As for that formatting - someone this evening pointed me in the direction of Writer Duet, a free, browser-based screenwriting program, which immediately fixed my struggles with the format. When I loaded the site up there was a 15-minute timer and a pre-written opening for a scene (the location, two characters, and the first line of dialogue) already there. I'm not sure why - and I don't know how to get that timer back now that it's gone - but it was there, and I decided to have a go at writing something.

Here's what came out of it:

It's not great, by any means, but I actually kind of like where it went. It's not something I'll do any more work on, I don't imagine, but it's nice to have actually written something that wasn't purely academic this month. And hey, if I take 15 minutes every day to write two pages, I'll have a feature written in a little under two months. That's nice to know.

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