October 23, 2011
Tomorrow I start writing a movie. I've decided to reactivate this blog to hold myself accountable to my goal: finish a draft before Thanksgiving. I haven't written one of these bad boys in awhile (thanks poker...), and I'm not sure how much I'll end up sharing publicly about what the story is about, but we'll see how this goes. I've spent a few weeks breaking down the structure (and even longer thinking about the characters), and I'm still not really sure where it's going to lead past page 30, but I feel strongly that any more time spent not writing pages is just procrastination. Since my last post (May!) I've been continuing to work and read scripts and study so many different films, TV shows and video games that I really need to get down to writing to see what I'm capable of. In a way I've been focused far too much on theory with too few hands played. That's not to say I haven't been writing, but I haven't been writing enough pages of screenwriting. Time to change that.
I've found that I'm most productive when I write first thing in the morning, so that's when I'll be doing most of my work. The plan is to pump out 5 pages/day, with very little time spent rewriting. When it's done I'll drop it in a drawer for at least two weeks before I even think about the first rewrite. More tomorrow. If anyone is interested I'm happy to answer any questions about screenwriting, storytelling or the process of writing what will eventually be a ~110 page movie.
My rewards for all this hard work: