I'm Writing a Sceenplay About Digital Nomads
Last year, my husband Michael and I decided to sell our house and continuously travel the world, even as we continued our careers as writers. At the time, we had no idea how to do this, or even what to call it, but we figured we’d document the whole experience online, on our website, Brent and Michael Are Going Places.
We quickly discovered we were part of a brewing phenomenon. Because of changes in technology, more and more people are becoming “digital nomads:” traveling the world and working remotely via computer.
It was weirdly easy to get attention for our story (we were interviewed for Forbes, CBS News, and even filmed a pilot for a potential new reality TV show). In other words, the digital nomad phenomenon was quickly entering the mainstream consciousness.
I thought about all this as I was deciding what screenplay to write next. As a writer, it’s always a challenge to write something that people are interested in, but hasn’t already been written to death. As a screenwriter, it’s even more difficult, because it takes at least three years, and usually much longer, for any movie to actually get made and released. How the hell do I know what people will be interested in in 2022?
Actually, I do know: I predict even more people will be talking about digital nomads. So I decided to write a screenplay about the experience: a romantic comedy (tentatively) called Nomads.
Think Four Weddings and a Funeral, except rather than weddings, it involves beautiful locations all over the world. The paths of two digital (straight) nomads keep crossing, even as circumstances always work to keep them apart.
I recently finished a first draft, and I had the pleasure of organizing a reading in front of a group of twenty-plus digital nomads here in Bansko, Bulgaria (where I’m currently living). It’s always helpful simply to hear a screenplay read out loud, and this was no exception. And, of course, there was also lots of great feedback from the audience. It was especially helpful because I also got to hear directly from digital nomads about how I was representing the experience. People even volunteered plenty of their own humorous experiences.
Will the screenplay ever become a movie? Impossible to say. But once I have a draft that I like, I’ll be doing everything I can to bring it to movie screens as soon as possible.