The Space Between

Why have I not posted a single word for almost a month? The reasons are myriad, but the essence is this: I am frightened and I am lost. I finished the first draft of my screenplay and sent it to my friend. He read it and returned it with feedback. And then I wondered to myself: what am I going to do with it? And the answer was: nothing. Because that is the step that stinks of failure. If one never reaches out, tries for publication or pitches to a studio, one can never fail. I can store a library of books on my hard drive and pretend I'm an author, but in reality, it is all completely meaningless if I'm unwilling to risk. So, what did I do? I wrote down the plot for a new book. It's quite interesting - a young adult fantasy romp centred around the Post Office (trust me, it can be fun!). but, ultimately, it's just more running...
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My kingdom for a closing line!

So, how do you end it all? Every attempt I make at a closing line sounds cheesy. Or anti-climactic. While browsing for inspiration, I've picked out this set as particularly noteworthy: > "Out there. That-a-way." > "You okay, Jim? How do you feel?" "Young. I feel young." > "Jim. Your name is Jim." "Yes." > "All right, Mr. Sulu. Let's see what she's got." > "Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream...' '...merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream..." > "Course heading, Captain?" "Second star to the right, ...and straight on 'til morning." Yes, of course, these are the (original) Star Trek films. However, there are two things to note: 1) If you have no familiarity with the franchise, these lines are mostly meaningless. 2) Besides the cheesy maverick that is William Shatner, who on earth could pull them off? In short, I still have no idea what the last line should be. But I'm amusing myself nonetheless. ...
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The End

Every author breathes for those words. The culmination of an artistic journey, the deep sense of satisfaction an achievement that comes from typing six characters on a screen. Of course, the journey is far from over. I am twenty-six pages light, most of which live in Act Two B, but I now know where everything's going. I understand my characters and their journeys, and I can see where that pesky act needs to be hammered - the addition of a determined "recovery" montage is always a good way to pull the character out of the despair of the 'All is Lost' moment....
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