My Brilliant Screenplay

on June 30, 2014 in Misc

              Helena Soister
                First Draft


A SMALL DESK LAMP SPARKS ON. We see a feminine hand move 
from the lamp to a keyboard.  

PULL BACK to see a glowing computer screen. It is blank,
then words appear on it.

	 It was a dark and stormy night...

PULL BACK to see that we are looking over the shoulder
of a woman typing. We can't see her face, yet we are
aware that she is beautiful, her figure stunning,
her air mysterious, alluring.

ANOTHER ANGLE. We are in a book-lined study with an
expensive oak desk and luxurious objets d'art.
From a distant room we can hear music playing--a
French chanteuse from a bygone era.

ANOTHER ANGLE. We see near the woman a lady's
WATCH on the desk inkpad, a FOUNTAIN PEN, and 

Suddenly we hear an indistinguishable MURMUR
from just behind her.

The Woman turns her head, listens.

	Who's there?

The music ends. Silence. She turns back to her
desk. The WATCH and FOUNTAIN PEN have vanished.

She GASPS. Looks around. The WATCH dangles from
a window latch. The FOUNTAIN PEN sits on a 

She picks up the bottle of holy water as if
it were a weapon. Slowly rises.  

		     WOMAN (Cont.)
	Come out, come out, wherever you are...

Seriously, guys, I wish this were an accurate description of me writing my screenplay.
But the good news is, because I whipped this out for my blog post, I got kind of
inspired and FINALLY started my real ghost story screenplay. 

What about you?  Have you ever just been goofing around with something
and then... suddenly... out of nowhere and with NO DRAMA WHATSOEVER...
You start a new story.

If only the rest of my life were this easy.

Have a great week.

12 Responses to “My Brilliant Screenplay”

  1. That was funny.
    If only my writer was that easy…

  2. Helena says:

    Alex — But it’s easy to write a BAD screenplay, like I did here!

  3. I don’t think anything comes easy in my life. But I do like the paneled study you are showing. I was looking online at Heidi Klum’s house which she’s selling in L.A. for a cool $25 million. It’s a mediterranean style mansion, absolutely gorgeous (of course), but there was a library paneled in a rich wood that I think came from one of Napolean’s summer homes. I just shook my head in disgust/envy.

  4. Helena says:

    Michael – I went online and looked at it, and for me it’s too over-the-top and impersonal. And $25 million! That’s pretty obscene. But I have to confess I’m in love with an Irish castle I want and it’s ONLY $9 million. It’s on 250 acres and like any old estate/castle has enough outbuildings to house an army of servants and a stable for the horses. Tulira Castle–here’s a link, if you want to check it out the 41 photos.

  5. I’ve heard of things like this happening to other writers, but I’ve never experienced it. I wish I would :)

    Now I’m going to look at your Irish Dream Castle.

  6. Nas says:

    It was good not bad! I love the picture of that library…want!

  7. Helena says:

    Carol – But your own books come across as excellent and smoothly written.

  8. Helena says:

    Nas – My own humble office/library has the kitty litter box in a corner. Not quite the elegant effect I’m going for.

  9. Helena says:

    Carol – but your own books are so well written, they seem to have just flowed out of you.

  10. Helena says:

    Nas – My own humble office and library has a kitty litter box in the corner. Not exactly elegant!

  11. Old Kitty says:

    Oh I do hope that holy water works!! How spooky!!!! Yay for such a fab inspirational post to your writing!! Take care

  12. Helena says:

    Old Kitty – It was fun to write, but my real screenplay starts very differently, and THEN it gets scary! And you know what? Ghost stories are fun to write.