What about writing? I am curious especially about whether any of you write screenplays and how that goes. Of course for these these films you would have written a screenplay of some fashion... I'd like to know how that goes for any of you. I know downward writes in general (he shared a few things elsewhere, I remember), but as for others I don't know.
I write a little myself. I have kept a folder of writing on a computer since I was seventeen or eighteen, I'd say. Generally I just fill up simple text files, adding ideas or lines whenever they come and then once I feel the file is getting too long I create another. A random sample from one ends up looking like this:
a king in exile. he says he only became obese in this state of living but that is untrue. he attempts to convince the others, who were deemed too loyal to him but in fact are not, to help him take back his kingdom. this is long talked about but never goes anywhere.
the exiled king takes up residency in a bear cave a short distance from the castle in which he previously dwelt - the bear having been killed when he was in power after it was seen in the woods. when in power he desired a mountain to be moved, it blocking a window view. men spent years hacking at it.
the mother who wore black
the mother wears black
later we will be heroes but nevertheless many of us will die
the poor are born without purpose, im giving them purpose, a reason to live, by antagonising them
in death, make sure they remember me as a great one. i had goals that were for the good of others. i died young and i was beautiful.
the white of whites
its an intangible quality that we have and that all other races lack
in the modern workplace a woman works
as a steel worker
if she wants
On and on like they go, pages upon pages. At times I sit and write at length too. I have attempted at times to write short stories and novels but none of that has ever gone anywhere significant - I always seem to lose interest in carrying on after a point.
Recently I decided to commit myself to a feature-length screenplay competition, that has gone better than anything, due perhaps to the deadline and something else in the air - I've written perhaps 1/3 of a screenplay now and I hope to complete the rest by the end of the week in order to meet the submission date. It has been a lot of fun writing for this but at times it is tough - sometimes everything looks shit and hopeless and other times it feels everything is coming together nicely.
I have just four days to go now. I feel I'll complete it somehow in spite of the great amount still to be written - my tummy hints at an affirmative with good certainty today... I will sit down to properly write again in a moment.
So I am curious about how anyone else here has gone with screenwriting, to go back to the question. I'd very much like to hear about any of your experiences.