Changing Medium

April 17th, 2011 by Kat Kingsley-Hughes

Like many writers I’m grappling with issues in regard to my ‘transition‘ to the role of screenwriter. Several people have expressed confusion that, because I’m already a writer, switching to writing solely for the screen should be no big deal for me. I guess I can see where they are coming from. To me though, it is much harder.

I am still in the stages where I find writing for the screen challenging, if not difficult. It’s said there are four stages of learning, from unconscious incompetence (where you have no idea what you need to know in a given subject), conscious incompetence (realizing you don’t know what you’re doing), conscious competence (you’re starting to get the hang of things, but you still have to think carefully in order to do it), through to unconscious competence (it all comes naturally – you don’t remember the steps, you’re just dancing!)

I’m hovering in between those second and third stages. This nomansland is an uncomfortable place to be and the only way to get out is through learning and practice. This is what prompted me to say that I am going to switch (for a while at least) to writing solely for the screen. And that takes a lot of discipline especially when you’re not comfortable in a given medium yet.

I get ideas for stories all the time and yet, as they come up, I’m finding it hard to commit to writing these in the medium of script. It feels like a waste of a story! There, I said it!

Of course, the choice of whether a particular story is best written as a prose or script should depend upon what best serves that story. My big vexation perhaps is that most of my stories are probably better suited to the former than the latter. Yet I know it will take dedication to progress further in this field. The price of a few stories still feels quite high!

I hope deciding to write ALL my stories as scripts will be good medicine when it comes to learning the craft. Even if it isn’t what’s best for the stories.

Yet! 😉

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2 Responses to “Changing Medium”

  1. Cheevas Says:

    I think what your doing is very inspiring. Following progress via RSS. Keep on tellin your stories.

  2. David K Says:

    The price of a few stories is too high??? Cmon they’re not that precious! :p

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