June 23, 2014

little(ish) laura goes hollywood


I needed to take a couple of classes the summer before my senior year of college. Back then, I was determined to stick to my four-year graduation plan, and after transferring colleges and changing majors, I needed to make up for a few lost credit hours that didn't make the cut. (I could rant about how schools that are part of the same parent university network should be easier to transfer between, but that's a whole rant of its own.)

As luck or fate or simply timing would have it, I'd been named the editor-in-chief of the summer Daily Nebraskan, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's student-run newspaper, which meant I was already going to be around for the summer. I enrolled for three classes:
  • Beat Reporting, a requirement for all CoJMC students in the news-editorial program
  • Special Topics - Depth Report, another journalism class that required me to write in-depth articles about the international scope of quiltmaking (I'm not even joking a little)
  • Writing for Short Film and TV

The last one fulfilled a requirement for my secondary English minor (I basically double-minored in English, but that's a little too complicated to explain in this post, and I'm not entirely sure how it worked out).

Naturally, I had some concerns going into the class. I hadn't taken any theater or screenwriting classes. I'd dreamed about writing books, but hadn't made any progress. Still, I saw this as my opportunity to become a better fiction writer, something I already wanted to do.But, I really got to the heart of the issue at the end of my self-analysis for the class:
I hope to continue writing screenplays after this class is done. Perhaps I will partner up to work on short films with some students here at school. Maybe I'll continue practicing so that when my novel writing career takes off (and it will, regardless of what my parents say about being practical and acknowledging it might not happen) I can write my own adaptation and do it effectively.

Yes, true to form, even in college Little(ish) Laura had enough confidence in her writing abilities to learn how to write screenplays so she could be the one to ruin her best-selling novels-turned movies when Hollywood came calling.

I wish I now had half of that confidence. But maybe it's time for me to rediscover how good it feels to write fearlessly and to explore new horizons.

Last summer I launched the Little Laura series. Through it, I took a look back at my early beginnings as a writer (both fiction and non). This summer, I figured we could do the same. Or at least something similar. I give you "Little(ish) Laura Goes to Hollywood," a look at my short-lived screenwriting career. Like with the original LL series I'll post the original piece and some analysis. Fortunately for me, all of this comes from a portfolio, so I'll have my original response to the work, my professor's reaction and my thoughts seven years later.

Who knows? Maybe I'll even work up the guts to share some of my more recent screenwriting attempts.


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