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A spur-of-the-moment research trip to the Bay Area was just what I needed for my new pilot. From the fog to firepits to tunnels of trees, I walked where my characters walk and got curious about who these people are and how to tell this story in a way that feels as authentic and real as it feels in my head. This translation process to the page is challenging, but part of why I love this work. Rejoining society tomorrow for a day before we head to Arizona and shoot our sizzle reel in Anthem with a killer team. Hope your week is filled with inspiration and joy, friends ✨ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #amwriting #travel #writersofinstagram #writer #books #scriptchat #wga #photooftheday #travelphotography
I’ve been lucky to travel a lot this year. So far I’ve gotten to DC, NYC, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Phoenix/Arcosanti, Reno & Tahoe, Temecula — and most of those were “work” trips where I was visiting clients or doing research for my projects.
Traveling for your story is a must. I’m not saying that because I need to rationalize my spending on the travel that isn’t subsidized by my freelancing. (Okay, maybe that’s part of it!)
In the past few months, I’ve been writing and rewriting my new pilot that’s set in the Bay Area. Hitting the road and visiting the places my script is set in transformed my story. I also got to see some dope sea lions, and briefly considered whether or not my cat would be cool if I adopted one.
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There’s a beautiful AirBnb in La Honda that’s a cottage on a gorgeous ranch with horses and an acre or so of grasslands. You can wander the property, say hey — or hay 😉 — to the horses, or take a short drive to the cliffs where you can ponder life’s darkest secrets across the glittering tidepools. To get to this space, you drive through forest tunnels, and it feels as if you’re entering another dimension. My host was also kind enough to help me build a firepit so I could sit outside by the fire and do my writing with a glass of wine. This place is my go-to writing retreat, especially since there’s no wi-fi and had to use data to get my daily dose of the garbage fire that are Twitter memes. (I almost avoided the 30-50 feral hogs meme, but alas.)[Read more…]