When I was a kid I lied a lot. Or at the very least I took great pleasure in the fine art of exaggeration, and still do to this day, to a certain degree. Not that I enjoy lying, though in our current moment in time when phrases like “alternative facts” are part of our accepted vernacular, I suppose being a lair isn’t considered all that bad any more. But I digress…
Exaggeration! That was my point. As a child, I exaggerated to make my stories better, which, in all fairness, is something you have to do as a kid if you want your story to be at least half way interesting. Unless you’re like a prodigy or a Rwandan boy solider, no kid really has anything all that interesting to say, but once again, I digress…
Why am I telling you about how full of shit I was as child? Well, because when I was asked to write a blog about my experiences as writer, to be honest my experiences are rather limited. I’ve have optioned two screenplays, which is very cool, but the experiences writing each of them were very similar. Just me, in my bedroom, huddled over a laptop while loud music plays, not too dissimilar to the way a goth teenager writes their poetry.
I’m no Hemmingway, I don’t wake at dawn and drink a tumbler of scotch as I stand naked at my type writer, writing pages and pages of lean and honest pros before heading to the local tavern for more drinking and god willing a decent fight.
George Carlin once said that his job was “thinking up goofy shit.” And if I’m being honest, that’s the kind of writer I am. Not that I only write silly nonsensical stuff, but I like to think up goofy shit and write an honest, funny story.
So as far as my experiences as a writer, well I’ll have to have a few more. Then I can write another blog, and hopefully fill it with some goofy shit and a decent amount of exaggerations.
Cory Sayers is an extraordinary up and coming screenwriter based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Anvil Springs Entertainment optioned “Meeting Charlie”, his first feature length screenplay, which started out as a short he wrote while he was still attending the film program at the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, in 2011. “Meeting Charlie” and “Burning Henry” his second screenplay, optioned in 2014, were inspired by his love of the smaller, more character driven comedies of the late sixties and seventies.