Alice Returns


It’s been 2 years since I started writing Alice in Astoria. It kinda blows my mind a little bit that she’s been with me so long. This week, I received new inspiration and wrote a handful of episodes. And what happened amazed and pleased me.

First of all, my confidence in my writing has improved ten fold. I’m not sure where this came from because I literally haven’t written anything in months. Written – as in a script. I’ve been faithfully blogging, and maybe that’s helped. I know my confidence skyrocketed because I wanted to share my work immediately. In the past, I would hide it for days or weeks before mentioning to anyone that I wrote something. And the emotional turmoil I would go through when someone else read my work! It tore me apart. Happy to report that this time around, I didn’t experience that at all. I asked my husband to read the episodes and then I fell asleep. Wha??

Second I found that the way I write has evolved. Sure, Alice and her circumstances are the same, but what I put on the page has changed. I’m writing more like a TV show. Whereas before, my director Michael painstakingly tried to get me to do this and I didn’t understand what he meant. I was living in theater-world. Now I’m more in TV world. This makes sense. Two years ago, my focus was on Broadway. Now my focus is on TV. I’ve been working on material weekly for class, reading television scripts regularly and dissecting shows when watching.

Now my writing is not as stiff or formal. It’s more me. I love this change. When I woke up this morning, Ben told me he really liked the new stuff. This after just the first draft! I’m excited to see how this will unfold. Maybe I’ll end up shooting more episodes. Wouldn’t that be fun?



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