As a writer, I explore throughout my day noticing body language, subtle comments, and personal interactions. There is no better avenue for artistic ideas but from life itself, especially screenwriting. When writing for film, character is essential and less is more. Producers and executives want to see the white of the page. The more words you use, the more likely they are to pass. Of course, there are exceptions for established screenwriters. However, as a first time writer, choosing the words wisely is key. The art form is to show the action, scene, and most importantly, the emotion. One word can capture the entire tone and spiral to a world of an idea for the director. I love that about screenwriting.
My latest story is a short western written specifically for Texas. Though I am not a huge fan of the western genre this script is one I am very fond and proud of. And currently living in Texas, I am grateful to have had a chance to channel my experience of the Lone Star State with a screenplay.
EXT. MIDDLE OF NOWHERE TEXAS – DAY
A pair of cracked boots and rusted spurs hit the hard ground. Dust billows up only to be drowned out by a consistent dropping of blood. With heavy wounded breathing, WADE, a gunslinger, clutches his bleeding side. He stumbles along looking over his shoulder then up at the horizon. Sweat glistens on his forehead beneath the rim of his hat.
When I met my editor, he always stressed to write what you know. And believe it or not, I have actually seen a legitimate cowboy with spurs. Watching life unfold is my greatest artistic resource.
Creating a screenplay is like creating a mirror image of my life: all the life experience, the pain, the love, the struggle and the success. Being an artist using words as my medium is cathartic, inspirational and life changing.