Saturday, December 17, 2005


"Writers write."

Okay, that's too vague for me, 'cause I've been percolating my next script for a couple of months now and I don't have much in the way of written words to show for it. I've got some compelling story elements, but they're not coming together for me, yet.

It's like, I've got this really cool Lego piece... and a Lincoln Log and a stick from a Tinker Toy set...

It's making me nuts.

I've got a few scripts under my belt. I know this is part of the process, etc. But I get lost in my head writing a grocery list, for Chrissake.

Ooh, speaking of lists, here's what I've got so far:

1. A couple of interesting characters
2. An intriguing external story (Task)
3. A Strange Attractor
4. A cool world
5. A universal theme

Not a bad list, I know. I read somewhere -- some quote? I dunno -- that writers see connections that others don't. Or something like that. However it was originally phrased, it resonates with me. Someone who wishes to be a writer might create connections between the Lego and the Lincoln Log -- write in some Crazy Glue and stick 'em together. But a real writer will ultimately find the hidden groove that clicks them into place in an unexpected and yet inevitable way.

And that's hard.

So, I'm going a little cRaZY.

But that's writing.