Knowing What You Want, But Not How To Achieve It

26 Feb

In my last post I talked about being scared of taking the leap into the unknown, in that instance it was turning No Way out into chick lit.

Today I want to share with you news about the other project I mentioned in my rant ‘I don’t have writers block.’

This is a project that also involves taking a leap into the unknown, unlike No Way Out, rather than being unsure I am really excited, desperate to start, but I know deep down I need help.

It has developed from a suggestion of what could be done, into a serious idea. I have six characters that are possibly more developed than any other character I have ever started with before. I can only assume that it is because f my laid back attitude to it.

I fear I am talking in riddles so let me explain.

As a temp I was provided with a spare desk and basically left to get on with the task at hand. this spare desk was within the offices of the senior staffs PAs. using the most basic explanation, I was suddenly thrown into a world I just did not know existed.

Now I have seen and heard stuff that i probably shouldn’t have. I have experienced shocking attitudes, mainly from those not based within this area that have made assumptions about my role. But, and this is the most important thing, none of that will feature in my work. It is important however, as what I have seen and heard has helped me develop my characters.

Classic one liners, snippets of personality, little foibles all have been noted and now I have my magic six.

It hasn’t been easy. I was told, hey you could make a great script out of that, and I thought yes, I can, but how do you take reality and make it into something worth watching. the simple answer was time.

The first thing that worried me was that I would unintentionally reflect a particular member of staff, maybe I would take too much of them. I am confident now this will not happen. The first thing I did was just take the first impression and turn that into a caricature. I then left it. I then added quirky images to these caricatures and they developed further. By then taking snippets of conversations, irritations, removing the unimportant, I ended up with characters that are not reflective of the original people. by recognising the strengths and weaknesses, I then added several more characters that would act as antagonists to the protagonists.

I didn’t have a story when I started. I still don’t, not really. However, I do have a basis for how the characters will interact, I know how the story will be told. I know I have a television comedy series, I know it will be surreal. But I have never written a series script, or a comedy for that matter.

So what should I do? Simple. Look at successful comedy and you will see for most, it has been written by two or more writers. Now all I need to do is find someone who is willing to work closely with me.

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13 Responses to “Knowing What You Want, But Not How To Achieve It”

  1. Skyler :) February 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    I love this idea. I have a friend who’s mother is a producer and has recently asked that we write a short web series in which we would star (another project I can add to my to do list, Ellie)! I know what you mean, though, about 2 or more authors. I have 2 coauthors, which is great because, as you probably know, I already have a boat load of projects on my plate. Anyway, bac to the point. I think if you could find someone who would work with you, you could have a great story line. I’m seeing like a more traditional version of ‘The Office’!

    • Ellie February 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

      So strange that you get that! i was thinking more like a cross between the inbetweeners, the mighty boosh and absolutely fabulous – although I dont know how many of those you will have had the opportunity to view.

      Good luck with all your projects, it sounds great! I was meaning to email you and ask how you were getting on with the script?

      • Skyler :) February 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

        I’m going to work on the script some more this week and then send it straight to you! I understand the INT. EXT. CUT TO. etc. But that’s probably where you’ll have the most editing to do! Oopsi 🙂

      • Ellie February 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

        I shall look forward to it!

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  2. gethinmorgan February 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    Not to poop on your idea before its inception, but a radio script would probably be a better aim to start with. The comedy scene is cutthroat-doubleplus..

    But yes, I can imagine all that vitriol and bile, behind lipstick and smiles. Good luck!

    • Ellie February 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

      Oh my, you really are on one about making money and stuff ha! I do agree with you however, I guess at this stage I wasn’t thinking like that, more that it was something I wanted to try!

      • gethinmorgan February 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

        (Yoda voice) There is no try, there is do or not do …

        You’ll need ideas for six episodes, detailed character sketches, and a scorching pilot. BBC Writers room would be the best place to start …

        Unless you just want to *try* it … 😀

      • Ellie February 27, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

        Is that a challenge?!

      • gethinmorgan February 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

        NaNoWriMo’s Script Frenzy starts in April as well … 😀

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