For anyone who might have caught my recent series on Writer’s Block (consisting of the four posts that began with this entry), I feel I ought to let you know that the block broken now. In fact, I am genuinely thrilled about what has been taking place. I had been hoping to break the block only insofar as I could proceed to a critical scene that had me stumped, about two-thirds of the way through the show. But instead, I’ve actually been motivated to go all the way back to Scene One and implement an exhaustive overhaul. I would never have been able to do so, had I not wrote those four posts and engaged in an active effort to break the three year Writer’s Block.
This also has caused me to see the professor’s “scathing critique” in a new light. It might sound strange after everything I’ve said earlier, but I actually see the man’s innocence in this situation. He didn’t really intend to rip my heart to shreds. If he didn’t put the 100% energy into my project that I’d hoped he would, maybe he didn’t feel a need to. Maybe he saw some general things he figured I might have overlooked; since after all, I do sometimes have a tendency not to see the forest for the trees. Even the part that he clearly didn’t understand is something I can use to my advantage. Let’s face it: the man is in a much higher class than I am, in the present socio-economic structure in America. It is well known that people in the upper classes perceive those in the lower classes less accurately than vice-versa. There have even been studies to this effect. Since, after all, Eden in Babylon is all about class, I can easily utilize all that information as fuel to support my cause.
I finished my Scene One rewrite on Friday morning. One person has read it so far – the woman who directs the Choir at my church. She’s a musical theatre actress and has a feel for this sort of thing. So she sent me an email with detailed comments, mostly good. There were some minor things she pointed out, and I made adjustments accordingly. In no way was my reaction anywhere near as shocked or bewildered as it was when I got the earlier critique back from my longstanding friend. In any case, I feel that I’m back on a solid roll; I’m fervently working on Scene Two, and I hope to get a draft of the entire show finished by December 31st.
Scene One is now twelve pages long in Standard Script Format. Six of those pages include a monstrous musical number called “Intervention.” If you want to hear what it sounds like, an instrumental version of about 1/3 of it can be heard below.
from Eden in Babylon:
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