Monday, November 26, 2007

things to do

I'm on page 55 of a new play. It's about this time usually when I get a little sick of what I'm writing. I start to think maybe it's not as great as I think it will be. It's too similar from my last play or it's not deep enough or funny enough, etc. And I know I will keep writing and by the end be happy to have written it. And then I will think that it's a great work of art and also not very good. And both of these things will be true for me at the same time. And then there will be the depression that comes right after the play is finished and I will scramble to figure out what to write next. A new screenplay, a pilot? go back to the novel? Write that clown murder mystery play? Or the winter play? Or the pirate play? The two people in Paris? The amnesia guy? The second act of Bee Eater? Maybe turn Herbie into a musical? And then there are all the revisions I need to do. And I was going to slow down. Slow down, Adam. Slow down.

9 comments:

JJW said...

i'm going to paraphrase Woody Allen. He said something about how: when i start a new script i think it's brilliant, when i'm half way through i hate it, when i'm done it's a piece of shit, when we're filming it i wish i was over, and when it's complete i wish i had never done it... :)

and i get sad when i'm done too. i get sad and sick. a mix of labor pains and postpartum depression.

Adam said...

I definitely have the Allenitis whereby one has to keep working to stave off depression. (in his case, it might be more existential, but I think the dilemma is the same.)

Johnna Adams said...

I vote pirate play next. Can I be in it?

Adam said...

yeah, I kind of want to do a pirate play too, but I keep doing these genre type large cast plays and the jury is still out on whether or not they will get produced. I'm leery about adding another to the pile.

Do you have an eyepatch and a parrot?

Kyle said...

I'm writing the clown murder mystery play first, so don't even bother....

Adam said...

dammit! wait, really?

mbh said...

Make Herbie a pirate clown... and make it a musical... problem solved.

Michael

:))

Adam said...

in paris? in winter?

Adam said...

I do like a good pirate clown.