Summer Tidbits (and a question)

Welcome to the end of summer and upcoming start of a new school year (my son starts his first year of middle school…gulp!). Things have been a bit crazy around my house.  I haven’t written or read as much as I’d wanted.  I hope my readers will understand.  I’m also hoping that in a few weeks things will start to slow down and I can resume my “normal” schedule.

It’s nice to dream, huh?

Very recently I was presented with an opportunity to work on a collaborative project (a screenplay).  We plan to start it this fall.  This new adventure excites me beyond words as I’ve never done a collaborative work before.  For those of you who have, what kind of experience did you have?  Was it positive?  Negative?  Any words of wisdom you can to share?  🙂





  1. Remember a script is a short story, 15,000 – 20,000 words, short story length. What you’re writing is a very simple story. I take it you’re not writing anything fantasy, horror, alien or animals. You’re trying to write about human beings.
    Both you and your partner should start, prepared. If you have an idea about what the script is about, each of your should write a synopsis(500-1000 words). Exchange them. Rewrite each others synopsis.
    At that point you should have agreement about story and setting. It is not story/setting set in stone. It is there for guidelines.
    Most of the disagreements with a fellow writer will be about character. Not just the primary character, – whether that person gets a morning paper, whether that person retrieves the morning paper before taking a shower, and all sorts of other crap which is nonsensical. A script is a story: Is the character proactive, reactive, or otherwise? Accept it as part of the process of telling a tale. For instance what might be reactive might lead into proactive measures.
    Frequently the secondary characters will be troublesome because one writer or the other will believe to show this story point, a character must be inserted saying X, Y or Z. Whether that character is necessary should be considered by both of you. Remember, you are writing a screen-play. No playwright has a parade of people crossing the stage. In movies, the economics of film inveigh against parades.

    If you’re not writing about human beings, and you’re writing fantasy, horror, alien or animals, then both of you should start with the protagonist/badguy/ or whoever. Use a character wheel to define everything this person does, and follow it.

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  2. Thank you for these wonderful suggestions! 🙂 Yes, the story will revolve around human beings (genre: crime drama/comedy). Your suggestion for each of us to write our own synopsis is a great idea that way we can get our expectations around the storyline/plot/subplot out there. I agree that the character development will probably be the most challenging. Preparation will be the key.


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