Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Recently I spent a lot of time compiling the perfect outline of the story. I wrote down all kinds of specific details, did full character bios, filled in all the gaps, pondered the most effective story choices.
Then I had surgery. Before my surgery I could type for maybe 15 minutes with slight pain. I still usually typed for an hour at a time then rested, but that last 45 minutes was excruciating. I was cringing with every letter, which makes writing comedy extra challenging. It's fun writing hilarious action sequences when it feels like a professional strong man is repeatedly slamming a hammer into your wrist at top speed.
After the surgery the doc gave me an assignment: Type, text, play video games. So I did. First I finished LA Noir over the weekend.
Then yesterday I typed and typed and typed. And it didn't hurt at all. A little stiffness after a while, but no pain.
NO PAIN. I can write with no pain. You have no idea how amazing that is. I've been alternately crying with joy and laughing like a maniac for the past four days as I discover new things I can do now that I used to take for granted. Watch me unlock this door! Watch me put on a bra! Watch me brush my hair! IT'S AMAZING!
Remember all that work I put into planning this story? And now I can write with no pain? Fuck yes, kids. I just ran with it. I wrote 10 pages in 2 1/2 hours. I cranked the tunes and just typed and typed and typed and the words flowed out of me like never before. So far it's a shitload of dialogue for an action flick, but I'll fix that on rewrite. I'm just excited to throw those words up on that screen.
And today when I went to see my doctor he told me I was making amazing progress. "I typed for two and a half hours yesterday," I said.
"Yep, that's probably what did it," he said.
So how about that? Screenwriting is good for me.
And thank you to everyone who has wished me well during this process. I appreciate your kind words.