I’m back!

Actually, I didn’t go anywhere. But I’ve been busy with two writing projects, and they’ve kept me from writing for my blog. One is a joint writing project I’m working on with a friend, which is loads of fun to work on. The other is Script Frenzy.
Script Frenzy is Nanowrimo for scripts – you write a script (movie, TV, play, whatever) in 30 days. The event is held every April, and this is my first year to try it. Anything is fair game, including adaptations of your own, or someone else’s, work.  So I decided to get a better handle on the key parts of the novel I wrote last November by distilling it into a script. It was a fun and educational process.
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The goal is to write 100 pages, which actually isn’t much once you apply the formal movie script format to the writing. There’s lots of white space in a properly formatted script. My script wound up being 118 pages long. I made a point of getting my story wrapped up, and had the fun of writing a montage of “where are they now?” scenes to cap off my movie. It’s not a work of art, but it is a complete draft, and should be useful when I get around to editing the book.

I highly recommend giving this a try if you have any interest in writing or happen to love movies. It gave me a whole new perspective on the challenges of telling a story on film and I now watch movies with added appreciation.

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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