I made a comment in Andrea's journal about writing a screenplay and it perked her interest...
Everyone in Hollywood dabbles in screenwriting at one time or another. Some actually make a decent living at it. But many, like me, have scraps of bits and pieces of what I now refer to as the story of my life.
Ten years ago I collaborated with a friend on an amazing project - on her computer. We developed and wrote a TV pilot. It's witty, adventurous, unique and exciting. But my friend and I had a falling out. Since then, we've tried to hash it out a couple of times but still can't seem to get it together. Today, various drafts sit in a filebox, alongside my many journals.
Four years ago, Cheryl and I decided to write a screenplay together. I didn't have a computer and she had an old word processor. Neither one of us had any recent experience with formatting, structuring, etc. so I took a screenwriting course at Santa Monica College. I had taken playwriting and scene study courses in my college days. But I wanted a hands-on, interactive, nuts-n-bolts screenwriting class. But this class wasn't that. Just another frustrated writer passing the torch of despair on to hopeful youngsters.
I quit the course but not before I bought my first computer. How did I ever think I could write and edit without access to my files? I spent hours at Best Buy, trying to find the best buy. Then I spent more hours at home trying to make the best of my best buy. Instead I found AOL.
A few years ago my mom generously bought me scriptwriting software. With it, I've attempted my own various projects; TV episode specs, screenplays, music videos. I even threaten to revisit that ten year-old project that still lingers in the back of my mind today.
But for now, I am enamored with all the fancies of AOL-J. Maybe a distraction. But I see it as a blessing. A way to hone my craft, get immediate feedback and stay connected with people like me. Who knows? Perhaps a screenplay, a book, or a TV pilot will get written afterall!