Over the years, it’s my privilege to rub shoulders with many creative people that I have learned from. One of my recent colleagues was Kyle Portbury, filmmaker and scriptwriter who shares an Emmy win with me that we won a year ago today.
One of the stories he tells is of a famous scriptwriter–whose name I can’t remember just now–who used to write scripts. When he got to parts where he struggled to fill in parts he would write things like “something exciting happens here.”
I say this because I’m in the middle of National Novel Writing Month, and my writing isn’t going so swimmingly at present. It seems like every time I turn around, I find myself in a situation where I am writing about something I don’t know adequately about. One day I was writing about segregation on the Union Pacific Railroad in the 1920s, the next day I was writing about how to graft walnut trees, and the next about the school systems in the Los Gatos/Saratoga School District in California. I’m finding that writing a historical novel is a major challenge, which of course I relish, but it slows my writing way down.
But I have to remind myself of Dora: “Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…”
And that scriptwriter…”something exciting happens here.”
Maybe I can fill up a chapter or two with phrases like that. Hmm.