Right now though, I've just come out of a torturous session of script writing, in which I wrote nothing but a whole ton of crap. Once again, I'm trying to bring Silent Paranoia back out of hibernation, but this is the point where I always fall over - I really, really suck at writing scripts. Truly do I suck. Of epic fail my scripts they are made. I did have one shining script with the New Year's Special, or at least compared to my usual standard. But what I usually write sounds so dull and boring, just fact after useless fact on conspiracies nobody cares about.
Part of the problem I think is that I'm writing in the wrong medium. What comes out onto the page when I try to write things isn't a script - it's a journal article. It's something you'd submit to a blog or newspaper or some such thing. It's not written to be said out loud, it's too detailed, too comprehensive. I'm trying to say too much too fast, and yet at the same, too little too slowly. And no matter how many times I realise this fact, and try to shift myself into a better writing style, I always end up spewing forth the same stream of typographic diarrhea that no-one is going to want to have to listen to. I can usually only stand a few hours of this utter frustration before throwing in the towel and giving up.
One thing I've learnt though is that I need my cohost. Dr. Brown is an awesome character to have onboard, because he's someone I can interact with to liven up the scene. We can poke fun at each other, bounce off one another to advance an idea, and some of the skits I've come up with to bring a given segment to its conclusion are really quite amusing. The first real success I had with the segment was the one he first starred in, the Tin Foil Helmet's episode, and I think that's the reason that the New Year's Special worked so well - because I never got the chance to start detailing conspiracy theories and writing great paragraphs of information, it was pretty much just me and him having this mad little adventure through space and time, as well as quite possibly the Twilight Zone.
So here I am. Stuck here, with no motivation whatsoever to start working on it again, but knowing that deep down, I really do want to bring Silent Paranoia back. But I want to do it properly, I want to do it justice, and I know that what I'm producing isn't what I want.
There isn't really a point to this post, it's just something I need to get off my chest. If I might ask though, if anyone's got any ideas on things I can try, or what they'd like to see in the segment, please feel free to suggest them. I'm all ears...
...well, not literally, anyway. That'd be kinda creepy.