#20 Write a Movie Script: In Spite of Me

The good thing and the bad thing about partner writing is that you have to depend on your partner. I am definitely the weakest link in the partnership this time. Skye writes brilliant stuff, comes up with new plot ideas, researches backstory, finds solutions to formatting problems… And I write a sporadic five pages, but not before I’ve sat on the script for days, mucking up the entire schedule.


In this scenario, Skye is Veronica Mars, girl wonder, and I am Mac, nerdy sidekick who needs Veronica to kick her into gear sometimes.

But you know what? At least I feel guilty about it, and guilt is about the only thing that’s dragging me through this month of ScriptFrenzying. My own excuses are not good enough, because not only am I failing myself, but I am failing her if I don’t write my pages. So I wallow in guilt and self-pity for a while, and indulge in therapeutic ice-cream eating, and then I put on my big girl panties and I write my damn pages.

And then, do you know what happens? I remember that writing is fun… that there’s nothing better than seeing a thought crystalize on a page, sometimes even better, funnier, or more touching than the way you’d pictured it in your head.

So, this post is dedicated to Skye, my long-suffering partner. I’m sorry for being slow and dragging my feet, but I want to thank you for being such a wonderful partner, a superb writer, and the awesomest friend a girl could ask for. We will finish this script, in spite of me!

  • No worries – I would probably be the one slacking if you were on top of things – it’s all about balance 🙂

    I think you’re still managing to do pretty freaking awesome, given how busy your life is and all that you’re up to. I have nothing to do but sit around and think about the script, so it’s pretty easy for me to achieve the same things as you in less time.

    And you’re still the partner I most want to write a script with 🙂 I think it’s going to be great!

    • See? You ARE the best. I am the most annoying person EVER and then you come up with excuses FOR me. 😉 I heart you. And it IS going to be great.

      • You’re right. I am pretty amazing 🙂

  • Well, here at the 12 day mark, I think I’ve got a total of 10 pages so you’ve both got me beat. It’s not for lack of time, either – but I like to give good energy to my script, and since it’s for fun and not work I think it should be fun. I’ve got some stupid fantasy in my head where I power through lots of pages at the last minute because I heart Buffy that much. We’ll see what happens!

    • Go, Kimberly, go! You can do it! Rah rah yay for Buffy! And you must finish it because I want to read it. 🙂