Write. Rewrite. When Not Writing or Rewriting, Read. I Know of no Shortcuts.

Week One.

The title of this blog comes from Larry L. King, and it’s something that I have learned in the first week of #NNWM. As some of you know, I’m not writing a novel, I’m writing a film-script. However, I feel the above applies to any craft that you’re taking part in. Photography, sports, writing, cooking, painting, building… you need to immerse yourself in it.

The aim of this challenge is to have finished the current script I’m working on by the 30th of November. However, it doesn’t need to be finished and ready to send to agents. I like to finish a script and get a few friends to read it, give me feedback and leave it for a while, to go back to it to review it and fix it up where it needs doing. However, it still usually takes me a good 4 or 5 drafts before I’m ready to do that, so you can see the challenge I must have here. It’s a bit unrealistic for me to print off that many drafts in such a short space of time. For a start it’s not cost efficient. I also have a job so working on it enough to achieve that many copies isn’t really doable.

My plan is as a follows –

  • Week 1 – Spend Monday to Friday writing a draft, print off on Friday night, then edit over the weekend.
  • Week 2 – Spend Monday to Friday making adjustments, print off on Friday night, then edit over the weekend.
  • Week 3 – Spend Monday to Friday making further adjustments, print off on Friday night, then edit over the weekend.
  • Week 4 – Spend Monday to Friday making final adjustments, email out to friends over the weekend.

This is also includes a blog every Sunday with updates. When I got to the end of the week though, I decided instead of printing each draft every week, I would edit them on my laptop, then print off a draft in the 3rd and 4th week to edit.

So I’m unshockingly a little bit behind. The 1st draft is finished, but I haven’t done any editing yet. That’s my plan for this rest of the night.

First though I’d like to share a couple of things about this script with you. Not too much though…!

It’s a collaboration with my boyfriend. He came up with the main idea, and I’m fine tuning it and adding the details basically. We’ve named it “Us or Them” (working title) and it’s about a small family in a crisis. The father is a “prepper” and they’re basically trying to survive in an awful situation. No, it’s not zombies!

I’m loving this story. I love the characters. I feel like I know them, I can picture them perfectly in my mind. With each new page, I’m discovering something new about them, and they function together. They’re really fun to write.

Even though I’m really enjoying writing this though, there are a few things that I’m struggling with. Parts of the story require the passage of time in just moments of screen time. I think this might have to change somehow, but I haven’t figured it out yet. I don’t want massive chunks of it to be done in montages. It’s okay for parts here and there but not the whole thing. Then, when I do need to write a montage, I worry that I’m doing it wrong. It’s something I need to do further research into!

Wish me luck for the 2nd week. I hope it goes smoothly, I’m looking forward to the final outcome!



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