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Patte Rosebank
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You’re very welcome, @topher. You should see some of the stuff I used to write when I was a kid. Oy…

The neat thing about these Forums is that when you post, you have one hour to go back and edit what you’ve posted. That way, you can see how it looks when you put it up there, then return to it a bit later and re-read it and fix anything you think needs to be fixed. Just set a timer or something so you don’t forget to go back to it.

It’s amazing how much more clearly you see things when you set aside something you’ve written, and return to it later. It’s worked great for me…provided, of course, that I’m not frantically trying to write the first and only draft of something I put off starting until the night before it was due.

The best example of this is the silent comedy script I wrote when I was in high school. The very first version of the script was 3 pages, hand-written, and it was great! I got an A on it, and I knew it was something special. Every couple of years, I take it out and fiddle with it. Usually, I’ll just add a gag or two, or replace something, but once, I completely overhauled it. I changed the setting and one of the main characters, and removed some characters that were unique to the original setting. And I changed the title. But the basic plot is the same: A pompous individual is absorbed in trying to meet a high-stakes, tight deadline. A cleaning lady (me) comes in, and goes about her work, completely oblivious to the fact that she’s destroying him.

I still take out that script every so often and tweak it. The original version would have run about 6 minutes if it were filmed. The current version is about 22 minutes long, which is the ideal length for a comedy film, at least according to the people who used to make them in the 1920s and ’30s. Someday, I’d like to actually film it, preferably while I’m still young enough—and stupid enough—to do the physical stuff. Though, it’s the person playing the pompous composer who actually takes most of the punishment.

I guess that’s yet another bit of my unfulfilled potential… But I really have no idea of how to go about fulfilling it!