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May 15, 2005

"I like the way they feel in you when it's cold."

I've been working on this short screenplay for the past two weeks, writing and rewriting without really changing anything other than my own understanding of the material. And much of that rewriting is actually just thinking about rewriting, since a variety of things have conspired to keep me from the actual work. Freak thunderstorms killing the power. Books piling up at my feet. Furniture to move. And the fact that I'm uncomfortable with personal stuff. To all objective audiences, this'll just be a story or a fragment of a story, and perhaps not a very good one at that. It's a story to me, too, except for a lot of the things the people say in it, which are things I've said or that have been said to me or that I've wanted to say or have said to me. That makes it very hard to write. Everything has to be just right - but it can't be verbatim, because this isn't autobiography, nor is it a wish or an apology. It's just things I understand, or want to understand, or thought I understood, or really have no concept of but feel like writing about anyway. It is, I suppose, an indulgence.

So, I'm determined to have a draft finished by the time the sun rises in three hours. I'm down to two options as to the relationship between the two lead characters, which should make things a bit easier.

Posted by David Lowery at May 15, 2005 3:30 AM


Well the sun is up. I hope you found your proper inspiration. I'm off to make pancakes. THREE DAYS!

Posted by: jmj at May 15, 2005 7:54 AM

"That makes it very hard to write."

Ain't that writing sometimes, well, most of the time. But if it isn't hard, maybe it's not worth writing.

But it is hard, so...

Posted by: David at May 15, 2005 9:27 AM

I finished an eight page draft last night. It'll be twelve by the end of today, though.

You're right, Dave, about those words that are most worthwhile.

I enjoy writing the most when it's like dragging barbed wire from my stomach.

Posted by: Ghostboy at May 15, 2005 3:18 PM

And yes...THREE DAYS!!!

Posted by: Ghostboy at May 15, 2005 3:22 PM