Lighten Up | Script Revolution

Lighten Up

John Hunter returns once again offering one of his quick prep talks, something you might just need to keep going as a screenwriter with a spring in your step and goal in your mind regardless of any low self worth or fear of failure. May he have just one minute of your time to convince you to keep going and to stay on course toward your creative dreams? Go on, give it a read and take in the empowerment - CJ

Don’t tie yourself to the whipping post. If you enjoy to write, write. It can be cathartic and in most cases harmless. While you may or may not be any good at it, who cares? Flex your muscles, put that brain to work, develop your own unique voice. As long as it makes YOU happy and you’re not harming yourself or others…Do it! 

Feverishly create all the non-commercial, unsolicited and never compensated for dreck you like. Don’t hold back. Do it to your heart’s content! Do it until you need glasses. Create and fling all that stuff out into the void…Who knows? Perhaps something will stick?

“There’s no such thing as an innocent pixel!”

And don’t worry about all those pixels - There’s infinite storage capacity in the digital clouds for all the dull, lifeless, sleepy-time shorts, features, pilots and episodic content this and future generation can produce.

On the downside, your efforts will never receive much more than a tepid “That’s nice dear” from your enabling mother or long suffering significant other, but hey, they knew the job was dangerous when they took it, right?

On the upside, while writing, you won’t be out and about robbing liquor stores or pinching the heads off of little bitty ones. So where’s the harm?

I do hasten to add one small caution: If you see black SUVs with darkened windows circling your block, cut back on the violent rants posted on social media. 

True Confession: I’ve enjoyed writing all manner of not-so-wordy stuff for many, many year. To date, I haven’t seen enough glitter in the bottom of the pan to buy a pack of chewing gum. Be that as it may, onward and upward!

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A curious nature has led me down many paths: former Peace Corps volunteer, big ticket sales engineer, commercial graphic artist, packaging design consultant, recovering golfer and more recently, an award winning and produced scriptwriter living under the shade of a large oak tree in Central Florida.

My voice is character driven, slightly dark and quirky with a dash of humor. Four of my shorts have been produced and my dystopian horror Baby Soup won the 2013 Florida Independent...Read more