I’m not sure about all of you, but for me summer is a time of uncertainty. Typically I’m never quite sure what to do, when to do it, or if I should even bother. There’s something about lazy summers with nothing to do but think, write, imagine. As an individual that loves writing, usually, this is a plus. That is until writer’s block settles in. I don’t know about you, but for me it’s not about lack of inspirations or ideas, but rather too many. I get so caught up that I am not sure how to process and which idea to proceed with first. I feel as an aspiring screenwriter, that is bit of a problem. That’s why I decided to make this my summer of screenwriting.
That’s why I decided to make this my summer of screenwriting.
But, let’s back this up a bit. How did I become interested in this genre? Honestly, the answer isn’t as simple as you may think. Since third grade, I’ve always enjoyed writing. When my third grade teacher made us write journals or mini stories, those little moments sparked my interest in storytelling. I liked to see what kind of situations and scenarios I could come up with and really enjoyed telling stories the way I imagine them.
As I grew up, I wanted to tackle more and more writing methods. I checked off short stories, novels, and poetry. Eventually, I tackled screenwriting. I was always a fan of watching stories develop on different TV series, and I soon realized that one day I wanted to be the one who made those decisions. Not just for TV, but also film. That way I could tell a story the way I envisioned it, beginning to end. At the same time, I could have actors, directors, and other writers to help expand that vision and make it better. Seems like an amazing way to be creative and see my ideas come to life.
As summer arrived this year, I decided to try a different approach to the free, unstructured time. As I start my journey of transitioning from high school into college, I also tried to envision how I can make this screenwriting dream come to life. This summer, the answer was by going straight to the source. I prioritized time to watch different genres of television and film to learn what fits my style and vision. I also used my unstructured time to try out different writing styles and techniques I could use when developing my storylines for future screenplays.
But no matter what, I promise to keep writing.
As I practiced my screenwriting this summer, I also found that I want to keep in mind directorial influence. I want to try to pursue both if I get the chance. A screenplay without a director is just that, a screenplay. The director brings the characters and words to life. Reading short stories, watching films and TV, and just anything that has a story involved has been a great way for me to learn this art form. There’s just so much potential available and all I had to do was tap into it!
I hope to get the chance to refine and experiment with my screenwriting style throughout college, and see what peaks people’s interests. But no matter what, I promise to keep writing. That’s what this summer has taught me. Writing has always been a passion of mine and I don’t see that ending anytime soon. I have never been more excited than I am now to start college and pursue my budding screenwriting career!
Why share this? I want to encourage others to follow their dreams and to use what’s left of summer to let it develop. Think about what you could do this summer to keep yourself inspired. Chase that vision!