My friends & I wrote script that was mostly visuals Senior Year of High School. When he got a short story published in Thrasher, I figured I should get off my butt and actually put WORK into the work I did, y'know?
(kinda like when we both took up guitar and I'm the only who didn't do it just to show off so I, y'know, PRACTICED!)
I didn't start writing independently until I was a Freshman in college (3 years ago) because we had to do it for our final project. Plus there was this whole artsy-entertaining renaissance that happens when you start college where you want to think you're better than someone but still want to have a life you enjoy while you get drunk with all your friends, y'know?
My first script was, yeah, Tarantino-like (even though my first film influence was PTA....noshit,eh?). It was about this guy who's friend from the past comes back out of nowhere. The Guy admits to his Friend that he's actually trying to hide from some gangsters who think the Guy killed their Boss (ie my friend Karen in drag). The truth the Guy and Boss were on the beach and a seagull snatched the Guy's knife and dropped it on the Boss.
FF to modern day where a Thug who worked for the Boss is after the Guy. Here's where it falls apart. The Thug and Friend are in cahoots to mess with the Guy because they hired a Phorensic's Expert to figure out who killed the Boss. AND: They found out the Guy was innocent.
I gotta say...if you look past the acting and poor writing, some of it was pretty fucking funny (and on purpose). Situations and Corny Lines abound.
Ever since that one I've tried my hand at Kung Fu (on campus no doubt), Drama (based on my Bulimic year), Dramadey (it was a thriller about identity theft but a Squirrel narrated it), a Musical (again! on campus =P ), and it's all been about just doing SOMEthing. Sometimes it turns to shite, but most of the time Ideas just compete to get to the top of my brain cuz I'm soooo ADD with creating music and art and writing and travel and acting that I get lost until a good idea comes and finds me. I still write though, I don't just laze until "I'm ready".
I'd say I had some success with my Senior Project (in college) because nobody who worked on it thought it sucked (whee!). And Also because it wasn't some overly dramatic shoot-em-up or crazy shit bouncing off walls using Flash technology. It was all based on true life events, so it couldn't suck THAT bad could it?!
Kind of boring...but that's how it was meant to be. I don't like it as much as other people, but that kind of makes me happy in writing. You're ready to move on and look back and say "what the hell was that?! THIS is 10x better!"
I'll keep sticking to my guns though, and write/draw/act/rockout/eat/dance until the air in my lungs it out. You should too!
I gotta say, being a musician first has really helped me analyze and write scripts because you get that sense of how all the pieces you are working with should be tight and communicate with each other. Also, you get that automatic audience response and know what people like and they don't like. (so yer uh used to uh humiliation)
It's been a fine 4 Year partnership with me and my literary skills.