How I became a writer. Part 8
Having handwritten 13 episodes for a series off the cuff in a different country with a different culture was my great big start. Having sold the scripts about 3 months later made me a professional writer. A paid one for that matter.
It was quite a shock at the beginning and something I would never have ever dreamed of.
Writing scripts were so far removed from manufacturing furniture that when I told my parents they didn’t believe me.
Writing them and being paid for them, well… That was something amazing indeed. But that was far from writing books. The creativity jump from poetry to short stories was pretty simple.
Short stories to scripts was a far-fetched idea that did work out. In the years to come my then-wife told me that she thought I was absolutely off my rocker for even attempting to write a script. Just goes to show you that when you do try, you can succeed. The scripts went on and on and we wrote thousands of episodes over the years.
It was amazing to be thrown into the depths of creative writing. To create characters from thin air, or from people we saw on the street. For me, it was always important to know who would play what character. Real or someone off the street with a made-up background worked to keep me going. A man with a tattoo who would play a mean-ass guy but be a loving dad. A washed-up model who comes back and gets her life together. Or the prostitute that was supposed to be killed off in episode three becomes a character that people root for.
That character was very memorable. I forget her name, but she was to be in three episodes along with her boyfriend who was also to die. I loved them, but more importantly, I loved the two real actors who played them. We met them so we grew to like them. They were super happy because their contracts got extended and two nobodies became somebodies. That is how life goes, you just never know…
I stopped writing scripts around 2003 or 2004 and went back to a thriving family business. That sort of drew the curtains on that part of my life.
But not to the poetry and the short story writing. It became easier when we could all whip up a storm on Blackberry and then the iPhones and so on. It was all digital and there were so many days I would pull over the car and type up something that popped in my head.
The brewing process continued…
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