Best Scene Screenplay. Q&A with novelist turned screenwriter Anita Waggoner

I liked what I saw on your web site. Have enjoyed working with the individuals I’ve been in contact with from WILDsound! Good People!

OMG, Yes! I loved the performance of my script. It really helped me to hear the lines and to be able to make improvements to what was read. Your actors were wonderful and did a great job reading the second go round! I loved them all (and the narrator).

– Anita Waggoner, on her experiences submitting to the WILDsound Screenplay Festival (Review)

Go to Anita’s website about her novel turned screenplay FAREWELL TO FREEDOM

Watch the Best Scene reading from Anita Waggoner’s FAREWELL TO FREEDOM script:


In Farewell to Freedom, a heartbroken divorcee’ seeks love in a small country town. She’s naive, and helplessly unaware, that the hasty decision to move to Freedom may potentially destroy her.


NARRATOR – Amaka Umeh
CHEYENNE – Michelle Alexander
NORMA JEAN – Marsha Mason
ROWDY – Rob Notman

Q&A with Anita Waggoner and WILDsound’s Matthew Toffolo

Matthew Toffolo: In your own words, what is your screenplay about?

Anita: Farewell to Freedom is a new day western genre written from a female’s point of view. The prize winning story is based on Anita Waggoner’s true life experiences. The main characters are Cheyenne Stevens and Rowdy Harrison. In Farewell to Freedom, a heartbroken divorcee’ seeks love in a small country town. She’s naïve, and helplessly unaware, that the hasty decision to move to Freedom may potentially destroy her.

Cheyenne flees to Las Vegas to escape the heartbreak of a failing marriage. While there, during the National Finals Rodeo, she meets a cowboy named Rowdy Harrison from Freedom, Oklahoma . A long term love affair ensues and Cheyenne agrees to move to Freedom. Their relationship quickly becomes a business partnership when Cheyenne buys into Rowdy’s fledgling bucking bull business. She becomes a female stock contractor for the PBR. Her world class bulls perform at the NFR finals and PBR finals in Las Vegas.

Cheyenne gives up a life of luxury to live with Rowdy in a bunkhouse on his run-down Oklahoma ranch. She initially believes that living life on a ranch with a cowboy will take her back in time to a childhood place where she’d once been her happiest. However, the daily struggles of life with Rowdy in the country take a toll. Cheyenne ‘s escape to Freedom becomes far more than she’s bargained for. Cheyenne becomes a strong-willed, modern day cowgirl who proves she can endure in the tough man’s world of rodeo. Her patience is tried over and over again by Rowdy, and his scoundrel friends, who constantly seek to take advantage. Cheyenne realizes she’s made a mistake by leaving her perfect world to start a new life with a cowboy in Freedom, Oklahoma. Her eventual purpose becomes one of survival as she begins to plot and plan how to escape life in Freedom.

MT: Why should this script be made into a movie?

Anita: Farewell to Freedom is a modern day western that brings in the action of bull riding and country western music. It has interesting lead characters, filmic settings and heartfelt moments. The script has a consistent dramatic tone while staying focused on the protagonist’s journey. The narrative covers a lot of territory (would make a wonderful miniseries). The leads are engaging with distinct personalities. Fleshing out the characters and exploring the issues gives a cinematic experience.

Farewell to Freedom is a relationship drama/character driven piece. Cheyenne and Rowdy are memorable leads with strong personalities that will attract Alist actors. The script has a Thelma and Louise friendship between Cheyenne and her friend Jennifer; Rowdy’s character can be compared to Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart; and the location and events might be compared to August: Osage County.

MT: What influenced you to write this screenplay?

Anita: Farewell to Freedom is 99.9% true. It’s a story about my own life after divorce. The story reflects my personal experiences of being taken for a disastrous/heartbreaking financial ride by a man I loved. I’ve found since writing my story that I’m not alone. Many women have lived through similar experiences.

MT: How is Cheyenne different from yourself?

Anita: Cheyenne and I are one. There’s no difference. I write about myself in the story Farewell to Freedom.

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Anita: Thelma and Louise

MT: What artists would you love to work with?

Anita: Sharon Stone and Mathew McConaughey – Woody Harelson – Kate Hudson

MT: What are you passionate about in life?

Anita: I value each day and try to live every one to the fullest. I’ve lived a very full and rewarding life. My writing (since 2009) has helped me to understand myself and to help others in the process. I’m passionate about writing, the western way of life, travel, decorating, and my family.

MT: Do you have a set routine when writing? Any advice you like to give to other writers?

Anita:When I’m in the throws of writing I have no specific routine other than I try to write some every day. If I wake in the night with an idea I go to my computer and jot it down. When I’m inspired and know the subject matter, I can write for hours without interruption.

Advice to other writers would be to just do it! Write your story by telling it in your own words… let your creative juices flow. In the beginning, don’t worry about the editing, that comes later. Just begin to tell your story. It will take lots of time and dedication, but in the end, you’ll feel such pride!
I personally find writing to be very therapeutic, educational, inspirational, and rewarding!

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