Well, it’s getting longer.
My screenplay, that is.
While the short story I’m working with is pretty short, this project is beginning to run away with me. I thought that having the framework already laid out for me would help me to rein in the beast. But, I’m running into the same thing I run into when I’m writing my own stories. In order to add in “touchstone” beliefs about being a teacher, I had to add to the plot. I feel like I have a good way of working these beliefs in, but the struggle comes with keeping the story unified. I feel like it is becoming disjointed. It’s like try to graft a new limb onto a tree, and convincing the tree that it’s a good idea. You have to convince it that they share enough of the same DNA, that the new limb is not actually foreign, but one and the same.
I’ve given this project the codename, HYDRA. I have yet to come up with some clever acronym, but for now the name fits. Hydra, in mythology, were a vicious many-headed snake. Generally, a good way of killing things (SLAY QUEEN, SLAYYYYY) is to chop off its head. Chopping off a Hydra’s head would only leave room for two more to grow in its place.
I’m really trying to slay this project. But right now it feels like I’m fighting the Hydra. And, to be honest, I don’t have a lot in common with Hercules. But, every bit of progress I make seems to cause more challenges to rise up.
Oh, did I mention I’m losing motivation too? HA!
So it goes. Perhaps I’ll find my genius again tomorrow. Until then, here goes nothing.