My Writing Week – 11th April 2017

A Crappy Week

Milo

This week has been a crappy week. I have two dogs, a Jack Russell called Harper and a Pointer cross called Milo. Milo was a rescue dog from Cyprus that my wife came across while dealing with a pet charity for her job. Milo had been found living rough by the charity who thought he was very old and needed to be put down but when they cleaned him up they discovered he wasn’t that old. He just needed some TLC. They found him a home in Cyprus but after 6 months his new family decided to leave and they didn’t want to take Milo with them, which is when my wife stepped in and we adopted him. In July 2014, Milo flew in to Heathrow and my daughter, Gracie, and I went to pick him up. Milo then became part of our clan for the next 2 ½ years. But over the last year, he has been deteriorating slowly. He broke his leg chasing a rabbit, he developed arthritis, then he started to lose his sight because of a disease he had picked up in his previous life, and his breathing was becoming increasingly laboured. This week we had to make the very difficult decision to have him put to sleep. I was with him at the end and I can honestly say it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. RIP Milo. We miss you.

On the work front, I have mostly been beating my head against my desk. TIME WALKER (TV show I’m currently writing on spec) is not working. In the first draft, the protagonist was rather shiftless. A man who actively avoided confrontation and life in general, choosing instead to take the easy road in all matters. This led to a protagonist who didn’t care about his life so when the story kicks in and rocks his world he had nothing motivating him to get back to it. So in the second draft, I went the other way. I gave him a job that he was passionate about and a fiancee. In fact, he was on the verge of marrying his fiancee when the story takes him away from her and he is desperate to get back.

The problem here is this is inherently a movie idea and not the idea for a TV series. I put a massive ticking clock on him getting back – less than 48 hours till his wedding and another 48 hours after that to save his business – much pressure. However, this could work for a pilot episode and he either gets back in time or doesn’t. He either saves his business or doesn’t. But then what? How does that translate into a returning show? So right now I’m stumped. The other problem was that he was kind of boring in both incarnations. Not boring-boring but you know… boring. He was a blank character who was exciting because an exciting story was happening around him and to him.

Now I think I need to go back to the drawing board. I still have faith in the story. I think it’s solid. So now I’m going to approach the character from a different direction. I’m going to make him interesting and exciting and then see what happens when this incarnation enters the story.

About David

Screenwriter and Novelist.

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