I’m so sorry, Prof. Capewell. I truly apologize.
You see, George Capewell was one of my film professors at the University of Miami — in fact, he was my very first one. Intro to Film or some such was the course. And, being the big-ass film geek that I am, I did pretty well in his class. And, also, being one of the very, very, very few Black kids enrolled in the university’s film school at the time, I was, well, a standout.
Capewell and I developed a great relationship, and so it got to the point where I asked if he would read my recently completed screenplay, Music City Rhapsody. Despite the title, it was not a musical paean to Nashville; it was, rather, an American Pie-esque teen comedy about how I lost my virginity.
*sigh* Yeah, I know.
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Be it through novels, screenplays, stage plays or short fiction, many people have stories they want to tell. Unfortunately, many people have no clue about story structure. However, I came across something I think will help.
All stories have three acts. IDC IDC IDC what you think, this is the truth. Three acts: beginning, middle, and end.
Setup, conflict, resolution.
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So earlier this week I finally did it: I finished Roommates, the screenplay I’d pledged to finish for the Zero Draft Thirty script challenge.
Even though it took an additional 18 days to do so.
Hey, things happen. Life, death, the day job, laziness, alcohol, sex, procrastination — they all contributed to the delay in the screenplay’s completion. But eventually, I prevailed. I hunkered down, sat in front of my MacBook Air, and banged out those final pages. It’s my eighth completed screenplay. And y’know something?
I think I’ve got a winner.
So what now?
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I have failed.
Yes, I participated in March’s Zero Draft Thirty campaign, a challenge designed to motivate writers to hammer out a draft of a screenplay in just 30 days. Despite jumping into the challenge with an already-started script, I failed to complete the challenge by last Friday.
Again, I have failed.
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