Considering A MOUTHFUL OF CANDY, or, PUSSY

The hardest task in screenwriting isn’t format or plot; it’s finding quality feedback that enlightens and clarifies and inspires. I’ve only got two reads on AMOCoP so far, from the original producer who brought me THE QUEEN OF ZINE and an actor-director-dramaturge friend. We talked; it wasn’t fruitful. His focus was rarely on the story, …

Considering A MOUTHFUL OF CANDY, or, PUSSY

The hardest task in screenwriting isn’t format or plot; it’s finding quality feedback that enlightens and clarifies and inspires. I’ve only got one read on AMOCoP so far, from the original producer who brought me THE QUEEN OF ZINE. We talked; it wasn’t fruitful. His focus was rarely on the story, and primarily on ideas …

Having Written A Mouthful of Candy, or, Pussycat

For me, one of the most difficult, time-eating lesson about writing a story is this: Just get it done; pretty doesn’t matter.  I heard, from Pete Barnstrom and Jamie Nash, the term “vomit draft”.  It’s a great one; I knew exactly what it meant.  “Sketch draft” doesn’t feel as viscerally dramatic.  I even neglected two …

Writing A Mouthful of Candy, or, Pussy

I like the satisfying feeling of an intense editing as much as anyone.  Still, the page count is remarkably high, and it’s not even what most would call Act 3 yet.  I’m a bit curious what will stay and what will be cut; it may end up twice my goal of a maximum of 90 …

Writing Where Babies Come From, Pt2: A Mouthful of Candy, or, Pussy

I wrestled with a big scene yesterday, and again today; one featuring everyone’s favorite character from Sour Grapes of Wrath, Jimmy Cristo (as portrayed by the incomparable and mighty Jason Fraser). Just as I approached my morning job, I had an appealing idea that brought a new element to the scene and character. Now that …