Riding the Alligator is different from many other screenwriting books in that it takes a non-dogmatic approach to finding your own personal creative process, and shares Pen s best kept secrets for selling your creations and yourself.
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Pen draws from his own breakthroughs and shares his inspiring philosophy on finding a personal well of creativity from your inner voice, to overcoming the many challenges in a unique business, managing stress, the real secrets to selling your work, finding the right agent and being true to one's nature to create a lasting and passion filled career.
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I decided Terri and I would tell no one about my writing this project. The idea was so ephemeral, a few lines. I feared that alone could blow my tiny flame out.
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I found myself unleashed — ideas gushed — it was like taking dictation. I did my normal work and the script flooded in all my spare time. It was like a love affair — I could not wait to get back to see my work. It was intoxicating! I completed the script in five weeks in my spare time and in secret.
It was never structurally changed when we shot it. It was poetic, deeply charactered, full of human insight and physical adventure.
And it fell out of my head. To my immense frustration, I have never experienced a writing jaunt like that since — but Lord, I would love to. And, why did it happen to me? On reflection, two reasons. I think the experience of my wife giving birth to our daughter. So, on that day, when John asked me about my characters lacking mothers, I think I really did hit my fist into my forehead. Moll Flanders was born from a woman hung in Newgate Prison.
My Robin Hood had no mother. I had written a script about Houdini — who became obsessed with trying to use psychics to contact his dead mother. In fact, every story I ever wrote seemed to share this mother issue. And I had never been conscious of it.
The book is a unique insiders guide to succeeding as a screenwriter in a difficult business, and has been lauded by top Hollywood talent such as Ron Howard and Paul Haggis. Hi Maureen — getting your material read requires as much creativity and perseverance as writing them.
I did cover some of this in Riding the Alligator. But here goes.