Welcome! Can You All Hear Me in the Back?

I’m a writer.

I’ve been one of the lucky ones to make a career out of it – out of screenwriting, actually. It didn’t happen right away, but once I was hired to write one film project, they started hiring me to write more.  I wrote a book about it, about what it’s like to be a screenwriter in Hollywood.  One of the reasons I wrote it was because most people have no understanding of what it is that we do.  They think the actors make up all the dialogue and we write down what they tell us.  I wish it was that easy.  But no one really seems to understand the nature of our work. I had a meeting at an unemployment office several years ago – I wanted to transition to writing multi-media content. The employment counselor behind the desk (well aware of my writing résumé) smiled politely as she told me, “Oh no, dear. You can’t do multi-media – You have to be creative to do that kind of work!”

Nobody Really Understands What a Writer Does.

I’m not sure I understand it either.  I know what’s expected from us – creative content.  But I’ve never understood the kind of magic that happens from that first creative spark that moves our hand to reach for a pen or a keyboard until some switch inside of us finally turns off.  What we are left with is truly a miracle.  I don’t care if you’re new and untrained, or if you’ve been published, acknowledged, and paid.  It’s a miracle because not everyone can do it, and creation should never be taken as commonplace, or easily accomplished.

Like everyone else who has gone to Hollywood, screenwriting wasn’t my first job in the town of broken dreams.  I started as a tour guide at Universal Studios

That’s a photo of me just off to the side – dressed in the red, white, and blue polyester-blend jacket and hot pants. There’s a photo of the tour tram at the top of this blog’s page. They look different now – the one in the photo is the style I used to ride in when I gave tours.  8 hours of non-stop talking in the summers when the park was brimming over with tourists. I was responsible for shepherding two hundred tourists in every tram, and every tour.

Tour Guiding Is a Lot Like Writing.

You tell people stories, you inform, you entertain, you keep the people focused, and wanting more.  It’s not as lonely as writing because you can always see the people there in front of you.  You can tell what’s working and what’s not by the smiles on their faces, and the attention in their eyes.

“Can you all hear me in the back?”

They answer you.  They connect.  And that was the joy in doing the job – people were listening, and they wanted you to go on. That’s what’s missing in writing – that immediate reaction from another human being. You don’t get that from a solitary reader holding your paperback, or viewing your words through a window of pixels.

So I Started this Blog.

I’m slipping back into my tour guide role again – reaching out  (I hope) to an eager group wanting to be entertained and informed. I can’t promise daily content.  That magic of writing doesn’t necessarily visit a writer every day.  But when it comes, I promise to share it with you.  And in the meantime, let me know you’re out there.  Leave a comment.  Email me, if you want.  I will always answer.  Please let me know that you can all hear me in the back.

(To read my post recent blog post, please click here…)

19 thoughts on “Welcome! Can You All Hear Me in the Back?

    • The blog here is the final piece of the 21st Century puzzle. As a writer, having a blog makes me nervous. I feel a tremendous responsibility to readers, and I want the content here to be good. I won’t just write anything to fill up a post. So yeah, tweeting is so much easier.

  1. On this tour will we be passing by the house from Psycho? And if we do will you please point it out? And what is Lee Majors really like?
    Bring back any memories?
    Good luck with the blog, sis. I look forward to reading your future observations.

    • I’m so glad you asked that question. Here is everything you’ll ever want to know about the Psycho House (courtesy of Universal Studios):
      http://www.thestudiotour.com/ush/backlot/psychohouse.shtml
      And funny you should mention Lee Majors (you’re dating yourself, by the way): Lee was a guest star on Raising Hope in last night’s episode (a repeat, in case you’re wondering), starring as Garret Dillahunt’s father. Shirley Jones, by the way (not that you asked), also co-starred as Dillahunt’s mother. Thanks for stopping by, Bro!

      • Jeez. I am getting old. The only name (other than the aforementioned Lee Majors) I recognized in your reply was Shirley Jones. So tell me. Is she still doing The Partridge Family?

  2. Doing cruises. From IMDB “Where Are They Now”:
    “(May 2010) Aboard Celebrity Equinox on it’s Transatlantic Cruise Shirley Jones did 3 shows. It was an autobiographic and she performed one of her songs.”

  3. Don’t ask how I found this blog but I did. Yah for me! I hope to find it again. Love your writing and content, keep on going.

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