Screenwriting is freakin' magical when it works right. I love how I can watch situations developing right before my eyes and then choose which direction to steer the action while still giving the characters enough independence to make it interesting.
Incidentally, if you've never written a script, the above paragraph may make very little sense.
The stuff I talked about in the last post is still causing a little bit of trouble, but the character development in this story is actually going fairly well. There have been several moments during the writing process that literally (and yes, I mean that) caused me to jump for joy because they surprised me so much.
For example, there's a scene where the protagonist is telling a somewhat boring story about getting lost in New York City and finding a restaurant, and it somehow turned into a profound commentary about taking chances in life (which is one of the main themes of the film, inspired by my recent revelations). Also, the aforementioned story is based on something that actually happened on a high school band trip to New York. So, like I said, experiences matter.
I'm currently on page 39, and I've written another 10 pages from other parts of the story, so I've got approximately 50 completed pages. The average script is between 90 and 120 pages. This is due on Wednesday at 5 PM.
UPDATE (6:00 AM)
Up to page 51 (which means 61 pages total). Yay.