I have been plugging away at “The Marionette” for some time now. It is my first experience writing a script for hire as opposed to writing one purely on spec. It has been a difficult struggle for me internally. It’s a bit like the difference of cooking a dinner for yourself and your spouse and cooking a Thanksgiving dinner for 20 guests. There are a lot more parties involved and a lot more opinions to satisfy.
When entering the world of my own spec script I can do anything I want, create any character I want, and situation I want. I have full creative control and the only stipulations are the ones I set forth myself. When working on a script for hire there are specification, stipulations, and other ideas floating around that are not mine, and that I cannot change. This can be a challenge for any writer, but thankfully, I love challenges. This may be why I can truly say that this has been a both a rewarding and a productive experience.
I am finally in the home stretch of the first draft of “The Marionette” and will soon be finished. After that, a quick polish and it’s off to the producers to get their input on the script that they own. They finally get to see what they are buying; a nerve-racking experience for all involved. I feel confident that I’ve been able to create a world that everyone will be happy with but I’m still keeping my fingers crossed, just in case. 😉