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The Sitting Room

Step 1: Selecting Your Text

I'm writing a modern adaptation of the Pat Humbert story in Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven. I was really taken with the idea of being emotionally trapped and the whole unexpected turn at the end. So, here we go.

Step 2: Drafting Your Screenplay

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UPDATE #1: After reading through the story a couple of times, I think I may need to focus more on the relationship with his parents and less on the letdown of Mae getting engaged. I'm even considering having the parents literally haunt the house. I'm not sure, but I think instead of just going back and forth, I'm going to start writing and see what works. Wish me luck!

UPDATE #2: I'm just having his dad be the one who dies instead of both parents. I'll probably explain this through dialogue at one point saying his mom died when he was too young to remember or something. I'm not sure yet. But I think having one parent saves time but still says the same thing. There's still more to tell and I'm hoping I can tell the whole story in 8 pages, but we'll see!

UPDATE #3: I've got the story I want to tell, and I'm confident I can tell it in 8 pages or less. This is a comedic, literal ghost haunting story that I think will accomplish the same message of the original Steinbeck story. Just with a different tone.

UPDATE #4: I'm finished!!!!!!! I used Celtx and was glad I did as it helped with the formatting. Now that I'm done, please give it a read through and let me know what you think. In the meantime, I can finally get around to reading some of you guys' scripts and hopefully give some helpful feedback. Thanks so much!

Step 3: Writing Your Logline

Redecorating can be both therapeutic and a symbol of starting over, but it doesn't do much against your asshole dad's ghost. Find out how Pat Humbert learns that no matter how nice a house looks on the surface, it can still be a prison within.

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