Max the Knife is Now Available!

I uploaded my screenplay (Max the Knife) to Inktip and bought a logline listing for their next issue of Inktip Magazine, so it’ll get in front of a lot of industry professionals (producers, directors, actors, etc.) Not long after I posted my script I’m already getting some views. Great! I think this just might be worth the price. I’ll keep you all updated on how things go.

For any industry pros who might be reading this, let me offer my logline here:

While visiting his mother and dying brother in New York City, a writer kills a stranger, completely unprovoked. He thinks he can get away with this senseless crime but there was a witness lurking in the shadows… and he wants revenge.

If you’re intrigued, you can find my screenplay through Inktip. Just search my name (T. K. Jones) or the title of the script. Thanks!

My Screenplay MAX THE KNIFE is complete!

I just finished writing my screenplay “Max the Knife.” It’s a psychological thriller set mostly in contemporary New York (Brooklyn: Brighton Beach and Bensonhurst) in the vein of Fritz Lang’s M and Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia.  (Total: 88 pages)

Some history: I wrote the first draft of the screenplay in my college Screenwriting course. This was in 2007/08. Wow, 7-8 years ago! And only recently did I decide to pull it off the shelf and make something of it. I marked up my copy from college to the point where every page was covered in red ink! I added some scenes. I feel like I added more depth to the story and characters. I even changed the title!

Reading the first draft I’m surprised I got an A on it. I remember my professor commented that my story was the hardest to write in class. I enjoyed writing it. I’ll set the screenplay aside for a few days and do one last read (just to proofread.) Then, I plan on posting it onto Inktip. I may also make use of Virtual Pitchfest.

So, now what? Well, I have about five screenplays queued up waiting to be written. And I’m really excited about them! I got these ideas while writing Max the Knife.

A Productive Writing Week & Plans for the Future

I’ve been having one productive day after another this past week. I hope this luck continues. Or maybe it’s not luck? Maybe it’s just hard work and obsession. I’ve entered some short story and poetry contests and have been making a long list of others to enter. The hardest part is waiting for the results!

Also, I have found a few writing fellowship/residencies that I would just LOVE to go to. I should just write more and get together my strongest pieces. I need to get published. And I don’t mean self-published. Anyone can do that! (And I have.) I’ve also been thinking (dreaming?) about getting my MFA but have run into a few problems, the largest two being: Money (the lack of it, to be more exact) and Recommendations. I graduated from college in 2008, seven years ago. I hear it’s OK, but I would feel a bit strange asking professors and advisers who don’t even remember me to write me a letter of recommendation. And having been a mix of self-employed and unemployed over the past four years, I don’t really have any professional recommendations. It’s pretty depressing/embarrassing.

I need to balance things better (ie. don’t just write all day but find time to READ more.) I love reading about other writers and their lives. Dead or alive. I highly recommend Kindle Unlimited for writers out there. It’s inexpensive and there’s a pretty good selection of e-books you can borrow. I find myself investing in my writing more which I think is a great thing. Instead of wasting what little i have on junk that I really don’t need, I’m subscribing to writing magazines and paying for contest fees. I feel it will pay off in the future.

If you haven’t already, do check out my Twitter profile. (See the right hand column for my Twitter feed.) I’ve been posting a lot of “microflash” or “twiction” on there. Creative stories in 140 characters or less! You should try it. hashtag or no hashtag! (It’s a little difficult when you use a hashtag… every character counts! I just hope no one reads a fictional tweet I wrote and think it’s real!)