My first big task at my new job is to write a script for this summer's movie camp. Can I tell you what fun it is to write a 30 minute movie script for a bunch of kids to act out? Dialogue is literally dripping out of my fingertips and I've got the first act written already. My only problem is getting my hands to keep up with my brain while I roll this baby out.
Besides being easy to conceive and write (except for the title--I'm stumped for a good one so at this time it's called "Karate Movie"--real original, right?) I am more excited to write a script and watch it play out on film. Sure, it's great to get paid for this project, but I think it'll be even greater to watch my ideas become reality. Kind of like how JK Rowling felt when she saw them build the set for Hogwarts and then sat in the theater to see Daniel Radcliffe zip around on his broomstick while playing a fierce game of Quidditch. Heck, I think it'd be neat to see a Lego version of my imagination play out, but I'm cheap that way.
Perhaps I should explore writing scripts more seriously--my agent's had NO luck selling any of my novel manuscripts. Not to brag, but my movie script is already superior to The Last Airbender and when I see the shoddy quality of plotting and dialogue people pay to watch and produce I know I can do better.
But I'm not all about the cash. I'm also working on a website for a friend and the baseball team's roster. Pure charity work. No one's ever done a roster for the baseball players before and I know the fans suffer through the first few home games trying to figure out which player is which, who's on first, I don't know's on third and so forth. Tonight the fans will go wild with glee having a roster in hand--and hopefully go wild with glee when their team wins another game.
Fame still eludes me as a writer. I mentioned my unsold novels, gathering dust in a file cabinet somewhere in NYC. I'm hacking away at a new MS, but not feeling any drive to finish it soon. It's fun to work at something with no pressure of time, money or expectation of success. There's a certain pleasure in developing characters, adding in description and setting details, attending to real life to draw inspiration for this book. Who knows, maybe I'll work it into a screenplay when I'm finished. Or maybe it'll be just fine as a file on my computer unseen by anyone else.
Spill it, reader. What do you do for pay, charity and fame?