Screenwriting sparks creativity – thank the Muse at last!

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A couple of months ago, I got the chance to try something I had never done before – screenwriting. I was slightly terrified, but wanted to help a friend who’s really into film with a creative project. I’d never worked on a film, mind you, and I’d never tried my hand at crafting a screenplay, even a short film. But I decided to go ahead with it for the pure fun of having a unique creative experience.

I had no idea what to expect when I met with several new friends to work on Boston’s recent 48 Hour Film Project in May 2015, but within a couple of hours the ideas were flowing and within an evening we had the potential plot to our own little suburban drama. Then came the really fun part – I had to write a 5-7 page script overnight so we could start filming in the morning. Ah, the joys of a deadline. Sometimes I panic at deadlines – self-imposed or work-driven – but I found the film deadline really gave me the freedom to get words on a page in a way I hadn’t experienced before. I had teammates counting on me. The clock was ticking and we had less than 48 hours to finish our short film. I had to make the magic happen and it did. The Muse finally smiled on me, or maybe I just didn’t bother to wait for her to show up and just did what had to be done – WRITE!

I’m grateful to the 48 Hour Film Project and our film crew for helping me try new things, which in the end, helped rekindle the flame for my novel writing. Off to go conquer some more pages…See You In Tahiti – A 48 Hour Film Production.

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