It was like I started every book by throwing myself at the keyboard and praying for a novel to shoot out of my fingers before the deadline.
It’s NaNoWriMo, and while many are participating, I’m 7 days late to the party, but still in it, nonetheless. I’m not writing a novel, but a screenplay. I found this gem of an article at The Pretentious Title Blog where a writer chronicles her struggles and successes. It’s definitely worth a read, and she does a great job breaking down how she went from 2k words a day to 10k. Her triangle metric is well thought out and worth considering for your own work.
For me, the hardest part of writing is what I call The Planning Phase*.
In an ideal world I would sit down and begin creating the backstory for my characters, plot the outline, revamp the outline, and flesh out my characters. Instead I find myself procrastinating. If I have a deadline I usually wait until the last moment and dash something together and pretend I’ll revise the outline later. I never revise the outline, I just start writing. I’ll half heartedly try to fix the outline as I go but it usually ends in a plot line full of holes and frustration where the end result is that I lament my inability (or refusal) to properly go through The Planning Phase.
Rather than actually planning out the script for a short film I am writing, I am on WordPress updating the blog, adding widgets, creating categories, and doing anything but actually planning the script. I have a rough concept but seem content to float along with the idea rather than flesh it out. While this has worked for other short films (10 pages fills up quickly) I’m going for a more emotive and less concrete plot with this one, and it would be better planned out than written on the fly. Hopefully a subsequent blog post will have the outline or the characters for you**.
*Please note that it is in bold because when I see it in my mind or say it aloud it seems very large and impressive. And scary.
**Whoever you are, since I’m not sharing this blog with anyone I actually know. I just got a badge for 5+ followers, but for me this blog is about writing every day, whether anyone reads it or not. If you are reading, feel free to comment and say hi. It just seems weird to get a badge/trophy for having people follow a blog. I didn’t realize this was a popularity contest or that I needed a badge to tell me x number of people are following.
“If you write one page per day, by the end of a year you will have finished a screenplay or novel”
All New Year’s goals will be based around the theme of speed.
Fitness goal: Increase running speed by doing speed drills and adding mileage.
Home goal: Speed through weekend cleaning by doing small cleaning chores throughout the week.
Writing goal: 1 page per day. This is where you, wee blog, come in. I will be posting something every day, whether it be from my screenplay, a writing exercise, or just a silly poem I made up. Writing every day will inevitably speed up finishing my screenplay.
Romance goal: Speed up defensive to offensive chess until I checkmate Ryan.
Yoga goal: Do yoga more often and flow into forearm stand.
Organization goal: Speed up frequency of sewing and vanquish giant mending pile.
Creative goal:Speed through editing photo shoots by just picking a few photos to edit instead of the entire shoot.