So there are two projects that have been taking up my time lately.
One is a pilot for a TV show that I’m writing and believe it will provide very different entertainment than the shows that are running on Indian telly already.
I’m learning to write TV scripts as I go along and watching and re-watching some of my favourite shows like Modern Family, Downton Abbey, Everybody Loves Raymond and so on to get a drift of how pithy dialogues need to be, timing scenes, building story lines for multiple characters and finally making it all come together in a logical sequence.
It’s not an easy task and requires loads of thinking and calibration. In fact, after I’d written almost half an episode (which I thought was really funny), I took a break and watched Steven Levitan, the creator and writer of Modern Family talk about how they conceptualised and created the show.
And one of the things he touched upon the most was spending time building characters and then letting them do the funny stuff, instead of filling up pages with puns and jokes.
Ok. *tears off page, rolls into a ball and throws it into a bin*.
So I’m starting at the start now and drying to deep dive into the lives of my characters. I’ll share more with you all as the time comes, but I’m back to the drawing board as of now.
In other news, I’ve been given an amazing opportunity by a leading innovation consulting firm to participate in a project for a big time spirits company. I’m thrilled to be a part of it and can’t wait to get started on an entirely different kind of work space.
So, while this project has already started, I need to join one of the sessions to understand the workshop methodology and such. The challenge is, that the workshop is in Nagpur on the coming Tuesday & Wednesday. For 2 days and 1 night. And I really need to be there for all that time. And the thing is, I’ve never left my baby for the night before this. Ever. Not in the last 10 months since he’s been a part of our lives.
So. After a LOTTT of deliberation and logistics discussion with the husband, I have finally decided to go. Leave the baby here with him and be back sooner that he can find out (or so I hope). My husband will alter his work arrangements for these 2 days, there’ll be some help around and hopefully the one night and two days without me won’t be too terrible. For the baby, I mean! (I know it’s going to be crazy for my husband!)
I know I won’t get a wink of sleep that night. I hope they do.
Well we’ll see in a few days won’t we? 🙂