When I sat down to begin writing my first feature-length screenplay earlier this year, I had no idea how all-encompassing this project would be. To say I have a new found respect for screenwriters would be the understatement of the year.
Between my day job, personal life and all of life’s many distractions, it’s been a slow climb but a few weeks ago I finally wrote the most gratifying two words — fade out. Followed by THE END. First draft, complete.
At 124 pages, I have some serious editing to do, and since finishing I’ve thought of a few alternate endings and additional plot churning scenes. No matter what the final version turns out to be, though, my short synopsis will look something like this:
A PR executive from Miami escapes a sexless relationship and reunites with an old college flame. Years later, when she least expects it, someone from her past re-enters her life, altering the future of those she loves forever.
The title of my screenplay is “However Unlikely”. About half is based on real-life experiences, and most of the characters are inspired by real people. The genre is dramedy (comedic drama) and some scenes were so personal they moved me to tears but, as they say, write what you know. Which definitely helped propel the story from an idea I had 3 years ago to a full-on script.
Onto the second draft…