The Screenplay: Day Fourteen

'If you were picking up stones in the dark, you would know when you picked up a puppy instead. It's warm; it wriggles; it's alive.'...Stories have lives of their own; the writer is their biographer. I don't make the stuff up: I watch it, listen to it, try to learn more about it, poke into its closets and talk to its friends: and try to write it down as well as I can. -Robin McKinley, FAQ: "Where do you get your ideas?"

At this point, my screenplay is so stuck that I'm afraid I may have picked up a stone instead of a puppy.