I’m writing a play that is about schoolchildren who plan to overthrow their oppressive teacher. The actual physical action of the story is not only repetitive but also boring and so it’s unseen and implied. However, these continuous small efforts will lead to bigger things that will happen in the climax.
I’ve outlined it and it’s basically a series of bi-weekly debates and discussions about their school and their plans with increasing stakes and complexity. I’ve workshopped this outline on-and-off (mostly off) for a year and a half and I think I’m finally ready to start writing. I actually have my dialogue points organized so that I know who is saying what and when.
In short, the structure is detailed enough that I could give it to a ghostwriter, however, I want to write it myself.
WHAT I’VE DONE:
I’ve searched to find examples in media which are very similar in style to my piece: character-driven, dialogue-heavy, minimalist-set. The most similar are the following:
--12 Angry Men (1957)
--“Duet” from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
--“Intersections in Real Time” from Babylon 5
--“Three Men and Adena” from Homicide: Life on the Street
All of these they have initial conflicts where characters are at odds but they try to work together. If you are familiar with them, you will see that there’s 1 goal, 1 setting, no side stories, minimal (physical) action, (very) high amounts back-and-forth talking. This is my style.
WHAT I NEED:
The first part is an essay on what makes the dialogue work for these 4 (four) examples of media.
--Review of each media’s dialogue
--Review of combinations of each media’s dialogue
There are 11 combinations: 6 that focus on 2; 4 that focus on 3; and 1 that focus on all of them. I’d like a comparison, contrast on the dialogue styles. And it’s okay if it will very uneven in length between sections, since for some you might have lots to say while for some you won’t have much.
I want someone to analyze the dialogue in these four examples for purposes of creating a **checklist** that I can use to **edit** and **evaluate** my own writing. I don’t want information about action or set, unless it relates directly back to dialogue.
The point of this job is rather than me spending my time and money on general advice on how to write dialogue or getting complete written versions edited, I want dialogue advice catered to the style of my work. I will need **examples** and **references** of dialogue from the media listed to help guide me. This should all save me time and money.
The way I see it: the essay will be my “textbook” which I’ll use for gaining deeper insight into dialogue, while the checklist will be for my “workbook” which I’ll use when writing.
I’ve taken courses in creative writing at university for the last three years so I don’t need anything “basic” which I would have been taught or something I could find online. I want something that will help me recreate these styles and atmospheres. Having said this, I could do this myself but I want other people's insights.
For applicants, I want these answered in the cover letter.
1) Your rate per hour or fixed price for this kind of work (I’m flexible with payment styles but I just want to see how much I’m spending)
2) Time duration for the project. Though I’m not in any rush, I would like it within a month. DO NOT APPLY IF YOU CANNOT COMMIT!
3) How long do you expect your checklist to be?
4) Very important: Do you know any of these examples of media already? If you do, what did you think of them? If you don't, watch a few clips on youtube and tell me your thoughts. (Alan's note: seeing them already or not will not affect your application. A few months ago, I wouldn't have known of these myself.)
Any cover letter that doesn’t have the answers to above listed somewhere will be rejected. Sorry, but attention to detail is very necessary.
While I get some initial cover letters, don’t expect any message response until very late October. Just want to see what the interest is before I get anyone's hopes up. I also want to see how much this job will cost. Though I only really need one checklist, I'm keeping my mind open to having more.