When I first started working on scripts, I had sky-high ambitions to write the next Big Budget Blockbuster. So that’s the kind of stuff I wrote.
They may not have a chance of ever getting made, but I really like the stories they tell, and writing them definitely helped me improve as a writer.
Seeing as how it’s a lot easier to get a small-budget script made than a big one, it was recommended I scale things back a bit and write material within a more acceptable price range. It would be a challenge, but if it meant improving my chances, then that’s what I would do.
Used to working on Big Budget ideas, I downshifted my style to rely less on spectacle. It wasn’t easy. I don’t know if you’d say I stumbled through it, but it was a new approach and I did what I could.
It wasn’t the insurmountable obstacle I expected, and I might even go so far as to say I enjoyed it.
The end result – a script that could actually be made, and, producers take note, for a not-unreasonable amount.
Approaching a script with this kind of mindset has had quite an effect. Ideas for new stories seem to come easier, as does the developing and fleshing-out of said ideas. I’m not saying I can crank out a ready-to-go draft in record time, but the overall operation doesn’t take as long as it used to.
(Added bonus – this spec was a comedy, so hopefully my joke-writing has also benefitted.)
I was originally very hesitant to attempt writing something of a smaller nature, but working on these kinds of stories makes me feel like I’ve entered new territory.
Think I’ll stick around for a while.