Monday, April 23, 2012

Why Is Life Worth Living?

"Well, all right, why is life worth living? That's a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Uh, like what? Okay. Um, for me... oh, I would say... what, Groucho Marx, to name one thing... and Willie Mays, and... the second movement of the Jupiter Symphony, and... Louie Armstrong's recording of 'Potatohead Blues'... Swedish movies, naturally... 'Sentimental Education' by Flaubert... Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra... those incredible apples and pears by Cezanne... the crabs at Sam Wo's... Tracy's face..."

Friday, April 13, 2012

First Spec.

I am exceptionally green to the world of television writing. For example: I am working on my first spec. script. Also, I'm in my first year of college and I do not live in Los Angeles...YET! (I will be moving there after college).

ANYWAY, when I actually decided that writing was something I really wanted to pursue I immediately began writing comedy sketches. I wrote 2 that have not seen the light of day and most likely never will, but I could care less, because what I felt while writing them, rewriting them, finishing them and reading them was that of nothing i've ever felt before. I believe it was an epiphany. I had finally found what I truly loved and wanted to pursue. I was wandering through high school and a year after high school not knowing what I wanted to do. All of my friends were so dead set and careers that sounded like hell to me. I felt so accomplished after writing those 2 comedy sketches and I knew at that moment that I had to keep working at this.

I have studied the process of writing for television front and back ONE MILLION TIMES! And in a fairly short period of time too. I know i'm obviously not a professional, but I am serious about doing this, so i'm not just fucking around. So, on this first spec. that i'm writing i'm really taking my time and doing my best on it. 

It is a spec. COMMUNITY, which to most people may sound insane. And yes... it is insane. COMMUNITY is such a brilliant, solid show and I could never write anything worthy of actually being an episode, but i'm doing it anyway. I've already gone through about 3 rewrites. I sent my first "finished" draft to Amanda, The Aspiring TV Writer and Screenwriter to get notes. She provides notes for a VERY reasonable price and the notes that she gave me were extremely helpful. I can't emphasize how helpful she was. I was such a cocky little amateur writer thinking "Hell yeah I got my first spec. done and it's perfect and she's going to read it and think it's incredible and tell me i'm the absolute greatest writer on the west coast." HAH! The reality is I had some MAJOR problems.

Britta, Annie and Shirley weren't really doing anything throughout the script. They were just there to comment on other characters stories. Amanda pointed out that they need to be involved in the other characters stories, or go and do something specific on their own. Characters need to actually be doing something, in other words THEY NEED TO HAVE SOME SORT OF GOAL, OR MOTIVATION.

Im not going to explain the plot of my spec. COMMUNITY in this post. Maybe in a later post.... like WHEN I GET SOME FOLLOWERS!

So, I'm going through a major rewrite of my spec. right now. I'm really doing some major changes to basically the entire plot and script. And I know that rewriting is a part of writing. 


I love that saying, because it is so true. I truly know that now.