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There a plenty of blogs about screenwriting out on the web. Occasionally I will highlight one of them that I read and feel is worth your time. The first blog is Go Into the Story the official screenwriting blog of the Blacklist.

Scott Meyers has a fantastic blog full of helpful information about screenwriting, he highlights upcoming movies,  industry information, interviews with working screenwriters, and he also teaches classes on screenwriting. This month he is running a scene writing challenge. Write 10 scenes and you can attend a free class, well worth the effort. I have included the monologue scene I wrote the other night for day 15 of the challenge.

 

SCENE 1

INT. HOTEL BALLROOM

The room is full of sharp dressed older men eating and drinking at each of the 20 round tables. At each exit stands two large men with semi-automatic machine guns slung across their chest.

JASK, a rotund older man stands and walks to the front of the room. He raises his hand and a bell in the back of the room rings. The crowd stops eating and turns to view Jask.

JASK
Go back to eating your dinner. I’ll be short.

Some in the crowd return to eating.

JASK (cont’d)
I want to start with a little story. When I was young, I had a pony named Jackson. I loved that damned pony and I rode him everyday. One night Jackson got outside the fence and was hit by a truck, he was in great pain and soon died. Freedom killed Jackson. If only Jackson had stayed in his fenced in world, all would have been fine.

Jask shakes his head back and forth and sighs.

JASK (cont’d)
Why am I telling this story? Because, some in here are outside of the fence, reaching for freedom, and freedom gets you killed. Johnny Starks was one of the ponies, and like my pony Jackson, freedom killed him. Let’s have a moment of silence for our good friend Johnny.

Jask bows his head.

JASK (cont’d)
Some of you may still be lost, wondering what the hell is going on. Well, the rumors you heard were true. I will be taking over all operations within the Detroit area. I like it here. You are all welcome to stay, but you will be underlings to me. I control the ships, trucks, and trains. Everything you need to get your product into the city. Earlier this evening paid off the unions, police, and everyone else I might need in the future. They had two choices: money or death. All of them chose money. Thank you for coming, finish your meals and make your decisions. It was a pleasure doing business with all of you.

The large men guarding the doors open them to allow more armed men to enter, guns ready. Jask walks out of the room whistling as he goes.

 

Be sure to read down the left side of the Scott’s blog to find links to the amazing amount of information on his site. I’ve added a couple of links here:

2014 scene writing exercises

30 things about screenwriting

How I Write a Script

Free Script Downloads

Screenwriting Master class

Thanks for reading.

 

Copyright © 2014 J. Power

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It’s true.

I don’t know a damn thing. I’ve taken writing courses, and each one makes me realize I still have too much to learn. It’s overwhelming, my lack of knowledge. How the hell did I get this far in life being so damned stupid???

I once wrote a paper in 10th grade that was supposed to use adverbs, adjectives, prepubescent pronouns (that’s not a thing, is it?), and a bunch of other things. Somehow all that shit got into my paper, I still don’t know how that happened. I got a perfect A++. I was the MAN! I knew it all. At some point between 10th grade and today, I lost it.

Keyboard and Little, Brown Handbook

I blame screenwriting. Screenwriting is complicated, it’s structured, it must conform to a particular format, it’s hard to get correct. Lot’s of people are trying it, they are all over LA and on twitter, I’m one of them (on twitter). The question is how many of us are doing it correctly?  Who has enough knowledge of story, theme, character, dramatic need,  conflict and whatever else I missed? Not me.

I suck at this, but I still try, maybe one day I will understand, and the light will shine down on my keyboard and I won’t be able to stop writing.  I’ll finish the perfect A++ screenplay, someone will buy and produce it, I’ll win an Oscar, though it will have been nice just to be nominated (what a load of crap, I want to win).  I’ll be the writer du jour!

Even after all of that, there will still be people out there who know more than I do, and  who write better than I do. Hopefully they will teach me something, because I don’t know crap about writing. 

Some places you can take screenwriting classes:

Screenwriting Master Class

Screenwriters University

ScreenwritingU