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Script Frenzy Week 4: Finding my second wind (and the finish line)

I found a solution to my “script is finished, but I have less than 20,000 words” problem. When I looked at my script, I found that there were some scenes I could add. I also added one more musical number. Those changes took me over the 20K mark. Once I was able to get my word count verified, I did take out a few of the things I added, including that one number. So, I was able to complete a script and meet my word count goal.

As any scriptwriter knows, the real work comes after the script is written. First comes the reviews, the feedback, the rewriting. Then, trying to find a producer who will even look at it, let alone consider it for production. This will definitely take more than 30 days.

But, the first step is done. I have something that I can show to people. Now, it’s on to the next step.

A proud papa moment

My daughter was promoted from eighth grade today. Not only is this a proud papa moment, it’s an old papa moment: I’m now a parent of a high school student!

My daughter's eighth grade promotion

Script Frenzy Week 3: Script Frenzy, We have a problem

For me, Script Frenzy really has been a frenzy. I’ve spent almost every free moment on my script. And three weeks in, I now have a completed draft. I spent 20 days creating a script for a musical that has been germinating within me for the past 21 years.

The problem is that after I’ve said everything I wanted to say, the script is only 17,699 words long – short of the 20,000-word goal. Read more »

Script Frenzy Week 1: OK, so I cheated

Confession: I started my script for Script Frenzy on May 29 instead of June 1. When I started coming up with ideas for my play, I couldn’t get them to stop. Read more »

STC day 3: Lessons from Minneapolis

The last day of a conference is always tough. You’ve been cramming your brain full of information for the past three days. You’re tired from trying to sleep in a strange bed in a room where light always streams in from the hallway. Now, your greatest priority is catching the shuttle to the airport and hoping you don’t get stuck in traffic.

Still, I attended some valuable sessions this final day. Subjects such as Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Pattern Language may seem esoteric, but they are valuable to technical communicators. Read more »