I’ve been looking over someone’s screenplay for ideas on how to re-work it. As I was tossing around concepts, I began to realize that the simplest solution would be the best. Simplest is usually best, right?
My dinner plans this evening brought this home to me again. It’s a Sunday night, and I always seem to be my most creative at the end of the weekend. Okay, actually I have to get creative. Most of the leftovers are gone; the fresh ingredients seem to be out. And the last thing I want to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon is enter the third realm of hell, which some people merely call grocery shopping. This lack of a Sunday plan is an ongoing problem for me, always has been. You’d think I would have done something to be more prepared for Sundays by now. I must secretly enjoy this challenge. It is kind of like a Food Network “Chopped” episode, where I must assess what’s in my pantry and concoct a recipe from the available ingredients.
The funny thing is, my Sunday meals often turn out to be the most inspired, most delicious ones. And this evening was no exception. Plus I just took a chocolate chip bundt cake out of the oven that was a last-minute plan, one I devised after discovering a hidden cake mix. From the smell of things, it’s going to be good!
Anyway, back to the work-with-what-you’ve-got and keep-it-simple theory. I was a little befuddled about what to do with the unearthed cake mix, until I realized that I should use what I had on hand (thus the chocolate chips). Then my plan became clear.
Sure, as writers we have to look at what’s missing from a screenplay. But many times I think the essence of what we need is already there. We just have to tweak it a little bit — a pinch of this, a pinch of that. And by being resourceful in adapting what’s there, our creations will be all the more satisfying in the end.