Monday, July 10, 2006

Play

The closing date for the Short & Sweet short play competition is July 31. I have never written a play before but have wanted to for some time. A short one would be a good way to start. The two ideas I've had pretty well suck. One is good for a short story, the other good for anything from a long short story to novel, movie or full length stage play (It's the one about Dora Maar who I now refer to as Dora, like she's a friend).

Anyway, sometimes I find that really talking hard at someone gets the thinkerator going and suddenly you can have a good idea come out of it. I feel sorry for the person I do this to (ususally The Dreaded One) because I'm generally reasonably quiet and thinky, then I just go BLAAAAAARP! I go on and on and walk around and flap my arms and think all over the place and she sits there probably thinking oh he's doing that thing again, and I kind of know that she almost doesn't need to be there because I'm really just letting my imagination off the leash but out loud and it was probably be okay if she just left to water the plants or something because I'd just follow her out onto the balcony talking like a mad fucker but I keep talking at her all the same, going over old short stories that I've suddenly remembered and wondering if they would translate to the stage and I can see her stifle a yawn and I can see that although she is not moving she is somehow shaking her head and saying where does it come from? How does he do this? If I tell people he has just talked my dreadlocks off they will not believe me.

And then it stops. I stop because I have remembered a story that I wrote that was not very good even though the concept is. It's a story that I always intended to go back to. It's a story that will absolutely perfectly translate to the stage. I have a few moments of quiet goosebumps and tingly nipples... then I start flapping my arms again and suddenly this little 10 minute play has become a full blown world-traveling theatre festival of short plays with the same theme. I'm calling for entries, organising the judging panel, it's gonna be hyoooge!

Coming back to reality, I like this idea. I told another friend about it and she thinks it's good. A 10 minute play should only take a day to write, surely. It's about 10 pages of script. That's a couple of hours of writing. July 31 deadline. If I can't do this, I am a loser. I don't have to win or even make the shortlist, although obviously that is the aim (and the rarely seen confident Quick thinks it can be done). But I have to write this play. I have three weeks in which to write it. That's plenty of time. Fuck it - If I'm serious about it I can have a first draft by the end of the day, weekend at the latest.

Hmm. Can I do it?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

you can do eeet!!

Kat :)

Quick said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence. I got it started late in the day and I think writing the thing is going to be pretty easy. Whether I do a good job of it is another thing.

I ought to have it done by the time we have dinner. Perhaps I'll hand out scripts and get dinner guests to act it out so that I can see how it's coming along...

Guyana-Gyal said...

Aah, you're so lucky you have someone nearby you can talk AT, follow 'em around and just splurgh it all out.

How's the play going?

Quick said...

I am lucky GG. Very lucky.

I'm going to sit down and bash the rest out in one go. All of a sudden, from today, I have stories and reviews I have to have in by next week, and I want more. I started the play, I feel good about it, when I get back to it it's going to happen in an hour or two. Will keep you posted.

Amra Pajalic said...

Keep strong. You know you can do it. There's nothing like a deadline to push you to produce. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

I've found that those status bars that most people have in their sidebars (http://www.zokutou.co.uk/wordmeter/) really help me to be motivated. Nothing like making your wordcount public to push you ahead.

Guyana-Gyal said...

This is very exciting, Quick! All this work coming in, plus the play.

Quick said...

Blurgh, 11.30 and I've just finished a 10 hour shift at the Opera House. Vodka and orange tastes sooo good.

Thanks Amra. Also motivational are people like yourself who are so into the fiction thing. It's probably not woirth doing the sidebar wordcount for this play because 10 minutes really is so short. 10 pages of script is maybe 2000 words. it's nothing. If I attempt another novel though, or a full length play...

And yeah GG, it's interesting at the moment. I have a good vibe about the whole writing thing. Stuff is afoot.

Quick said...

Play update - have almost finished first draft. So far, I have a good feeling about this. It's fun too. Will definitely have something done by the closing date.