The Big Turnaround

screenwriting, writing, short stories, making a movie, Modern PhilosopherI posted a photo of this tree on Facebook the other day, Modern Philosophers, and explained that I think of this as my Turnaround Tree.

Whenever I arrive at this landmark on my morning run, I know it’s time to turn around and head back to The House on the Hill.

All week, I’ve been forming Deep Thoughts about how I’d like to turn around my life.  There are several things on the agenda for change, but right at the top of the list is Making Writing A Priority.

I’ve been stupidly sitting around, waiting for my writing career to bloom.  Now I realize I need to set things in motion to give myself any sort of fair chance at writing full time.

That was why I went to my producer with the proposal of turning my short stories into a short film that we could then use to raise interest in my feature length screenplays.

All week long, I have been hard at work adapting The Blind Date and The Bookstore Attraction Conundrum into a screenplay.  If you haven’t read those short stories yet, they are on the blog any time you want the check them out.

I’ve spent many hours out on the porch, with my legs up on the railing, churning out pages.  Just like I’m doing right now to produce this blog post.

By making this screenplay a priority, I feel like I’ve put my life into turnaround (to borrow a term from the movie world).  I’m still running every day and going to work, but now my days have a new, sharper focus.

It seems to be working.

screenwriting, writing, short stories, making a movie, Modern PhilosopherI feel much better about myself, I’m excited to get up every morning and tackle the day so that I can get to my writing time, and my confidence is growing as my Inner Screenwriter takes control of the rewrite of my life.

I’ve written 22 pages so far, and I’m pleased with how the two stories are coming together to form one narrative.  Even though The Blind Date is the main focus of the screenplay, I’m sensing that a character from The Bookstore Attraction Conundrum who I’ve inserted into that story is my true protagonist.

That fact excites me because the character only appears briefly in that short story, so I’ve really had to turn her from a one dimensional bit player into a fully realized lead.

Yes, strange things get my juices flowing me when I’m in full writer mode.  This is a big deal, Modern Philosophers, because I needed this change, this spark of creativity and feeling like I have more control over what the future holds for me.

Sometimes, my life feels like a very boring retelling of Groundhog Day, only my version has to settle for me, rather than the brilliant Billy Murray, as its star.

This turnaround, much like the screenplay, is still in the very early stages.  However, I see great promise in both projects, and I’m going to ride that positive feeling to get even more writing done this weekend.

Hope you all have a great weekend.  I’ll be here on the porch, typing away like a man possessed, if anyone needs me…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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6 Responses to The Big Turnaround

  1. ksbeth says:

    great news –

  2. I love this post! So inspirational. Love your turn around tree.

  3. markbialczak says:

    You are a man with two missions, Austin. Supporting you from down here in the suburbs of Syracuse!

    • Austin says:

      Thanks, Mark. Thinking about getting that first mission completed soon before it gets too hot to run today. Then I can spend the rest of the day writing…

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