A married Detroit mama moves to the South, gets divorced, and navigates the crazy world of single parenting and dating...and then blogs all about it. Sound like a sitcom script? If this Charlotte mom has her way, it will be. In this on-going series, The Truth Hurvitz blogger Jennifer Weintraub takes you on her journey that will surely make you laugh....because everybody loves to follow a good train wreck, right?
I went to Starbucks, and I set up camp. I had my laptop, and all my “How to” books sprawled around me. And for those of you who are trying to be screenwriters, Save the Cat by Blake Synder is the only one you need. The rest, garbage.
My earbuds in, my glasses on… I looked the part. I looked like a screenwriter, dammit. I was ready. Ready. Tap. Tap. Is this thing on? Ok, Final Draft software…go!
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Ya, well. I was ready, but I had no clue what I was doing. I had all the ideas in my head, they were up there….but how to get hem onto this program, yikes.
Then, it happened.
My girlfriend walked into the coffee shop, and noticed me working.
And she asked me if I needed help?
Ummm….sweet girl, yes I need help!
And then she said, “Well, it just so happens that my brother is a screenwriter. And he’s written a couple of really good movies.” Oh, wow. Really? Did you want to mention that like forever ago? Hehe. And it was like the heavens opened up…and the light shined down from above…(notice how dramatic I am.)
My dear friend gave me a gift that day. She introduced me to her little brother, Russell Schaumburg...one of the most talented screenwriters in the Universe, who just so happened to read my blog. Oh, and he thought I was funny. Thanks, Russ. And we hooked up, and have been working together ever since. He is the hip to my hop. The peanut butter to my jelly. The Thelma to my Louise. Okay, you get it. I just dig him. And he’s brilliant to boot. I will never be able to thank him enough. And we are a good team.
But it hasn’t been easy. He lives in Knoxville, and that makes it tough. We both have families. Whoever says writing is a piece of cake, is lying. It’s hard work. And I have a new found respect for all y’all. You don’t get a paycheck until your work actually becomes something. If. And it’s usually an if and hardly ever a when. Writers don’t get published easily. They don’t get their names on movie screens very often.
I mean, this is a shot in the dark, and I am fully aware of that. But if I don’t take a the shot, you can’t get the point. That’s what I always tell my son when he’s playing in his basketball games. You’ve got to shoot to score, baby.
Russ and I started collaborating on the pilot in late October, and turned in our first draft January. And boy does time fly when you’re having fun. I learned more from him in 3 months than most writers learn in a lifetime. I also learned life lessons along the way. This journey is far from over…it’s an uphill one. Russ has done it before. But this time, he is writing about someone else's life.
And for me, it’s so close to home. I’m writing about personal issues, my family, my situation…my life. It’s been nice to have an outsider’s point of view, to remind me that the “Jen” in the sitcom is a character. She’s not really me. Although, I beg to differ. When I’m writing her, she feels pretty darn real. And I like her. She has moxie. Spunk. And she’s way funnier than me. Than I? Yeesh.
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