Finally diving back into the screenwriting game

So last night I couldn’t sleep, so I thought I’d write a little. For the past couple of years I’ve been toying with this idea for a screenplay but never really did any work on it because I wasn’t sure how it would go over. It’s about a trans girl who goes away to college and experiences college life as a trans lesbian. Basically a college dramedy for queers. The concept sounds a little lame, but I’m pretty good with dialogue and characters, so I’m sure I can make the script more than mediocre. I’m working on the outline right now, hopefully I’ll have a solid outline done in the next 48 hours or so.

The main thing that worries me is that I want the trans girl to die in the end. I want it to be shocking and get people to start talking about violence against trans folks. She’s going to get beaten to death by some transphobes who find out she’s trans. It seems like a bummer ending, but I really want to start a conversation about this, especially since the mainstream media doesn’t seem willing to. So the trick will be to really sell the trans character so when she gets murdered the audience’s hearts simply shatter.

Once I get a decent outline together, I may or may not post it. If you’re one of my writer friends, you will definitely see it, though.