Where do you live (City, State, or Country)?
I call the land of sunshine and theme parks, Orlando, Florida, my home base.
Your script stood out among hundreds of others. What was the inspiration for your story and why did you write a script instead of a short story or a novel?
The genesis of my narrative traces back to the vivid tapestry of my childhood within a vibrant Dominican family, woven amidst the gritty ambiance of uptown Manhattan. Drawing inspiration from the characters and experiences that surrounded me, part of the story unfolds like a cinematic reel of my formative years. What appeared commonplace as a child navigating these scenarios took on a different color as I matured, realizing the environment was anything but ordinary. I believe these stories possess a universal appeal, capturing the essence of relatable human experiences. I relish crime dramas like Sopranos and Breaking Bad, so I've chosen the television script format to ensure these stories find their most compelling voice, resonating with a broad audience captivated by the allure of intricate narratives and complex characters.
How long did it take you to write your script...and what is your writing process? Do you outline...use index cards...white board...or just start with FADE IN?
My writing process typically begins with notes and bullet points that serve as a foundational structure for my work. When I jump into the actual writing, I find that producing around 6-7 pages at a time allows for a focused exploration of the topic without becoming overwhelming. After the initial draft, I revisit sections, honing language and refining ideas as needed. A crucial part of my editing process involves reading the text aloud to myself. This approach not only assists in identifying grammatical errors and awkward phrasing but also provides valuable insight into the overall flow and coherence of the piece. This multi-step approach allows me to craft and polish my writing until it achieves the desired effectiveness.
What is your ultimate ambition as a writer?
Ultimately, my ambition extends beyond the written word. While my writing process is geared towards crafting a compelling narrative on paper, my true aspiration lies in seeing this script brought to life on the television screen. Imagining the story and characters captivating an audience, evoking emotions, and sparking thought-provoking discussions is the driving force behind my creative endeavor.
Was your entry at The Wiki Screenplay Contest a full script or “the first ten pages”? Why did you make that choice?
Opting to submit the full script instead of just the first ten pages, I believe the complete pilot offers the most effective showcase for this story. Presenting the narrative in its entirety provides a comprehensive glimpse into the world, characters, and gripping plot that set the tone for the entire series.
What’s your all-time favorite movie or television show...and why?
Pulp Fiction stands as my all-time favorite movie, a masterpiece that continues to leave an indelible mark on my appreciation for storytelling. Quentin Tarantino's brilliant writing is the heartbeat of the film, weaving together intricate narratives with a seamless blend of humor and shock.
What advice do you have for writers hoping to win a contest or place as a finalist as you have?
My advice would be to hone both their craft and their unique voice. Furthermore, prioritize quality over haste. Resist the temptation to submit your work prematurely; instead, invest the necessary time in refining and perfecting your script.
What else are you working on that the world needs to know about?
I have some ideas, and one involves writing a script for a children's show. The inspiration for this project comes from the charming character my imaginative 6-year-old daughter drew. It's a heartwarming endeavor that combines creativity and family inspiration.