So, I’m back on the horse again. The scriptwriting horse, that is. Picture someone sitting in a saddle with a keyboard in front of them and a mug of coffee balanced on the horn. That’s me.
And speaking of coffee, the script I’ve been working on is an old-fashioned western melodrama that has a very fun setting: Lulu’s Coffee House. Because after all, when you think of comedy, mystery, and romance, don’t you think of a place where they’re brewin’ coffee and servin’ up cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting? I do.
It’s felt good to be looking for script ideas, too. Having spent time in both careers, I can say that writing and teaching are very similar in this regard. Writers are always on the search for their next funny line, interesting character, or intriguing plot. Teachers are always on the hunt for their next fun project, exciting theme, or effective teaching technique. And I don’t think it’s really conscious. It’s a sixth sense, really. Eavesdropping on a conversation in a restaurant becomes key dialogue in the story you’re writing. A magazine spread you perused at the grocery store inspires your next classroom project. This is perfectly natural behavior for writers and teachers. (And comedians, I imagine.) And aren’t we all unconsciously looking for our next cup of coffee?
And creative projects—playscripts, classroom projects, jokes—are always an interesting ride, aren’t they? It’s typically a push and pull between inspiration and perspiration. I believe my best writing happens when I’m working from an inspired, passionate, and energetic place. I also know that I can’t always wait to be in that perfectly inspired, passionate, energetic place to be writing. Sometimes, it’s just sitting down in the saddle and doing the work until the chafing truly becomes too much.
So as I finish things up in Lulu’s Coffee House, there is a nice soreness in my writing muscles. I’ve been up in the saddle, but it feels good. Now, can someone hand me a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll up here?