The title of this weeks blog is a quote from Joss Whedon, the creator of many things I love, the main one being Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
I’m applying it to this weeks blog, because, well I think it’s true. Don’t get me wrong, I think about day to day stuff quite a lot… “Is it nice enough to hang some washing out?” “What time do I start work?(That’s right, I have an actual paying job too)” or “What should I get my sister for Christmas?” but more often than not, I’m thinking about my script. Not just about how much I need to write today, or reminding myself that my deadline is coming up… no. I will sit and run through a scene in my head over and over. I’ll try to imagine what it would be like to be one of the characters, or to have a conversation them… what their mannerisms would be like, their tone of voice. Do they roll their eyes a lot or do they fidget with their hands?
It’s constant. If I’m not wondering that, I’m walking down the street and developing new ideas from everything I see. Literally everything.
I would say I live in my scripts pretty much, but that just makes me sound even crazier!
With one week left to go, I’m wondering if I will finish by the 30th of November. It’s my birthday on Thursday, so I won’t get much writing done then! It’s going to have to be all evening work basically. I think I can do it. I’m pretty much half way through this draft, and then it’ll be at a point where I might ask a few people to read it. I do that, and then I leave it for a while before going back to it.
Each week I’ve had an issue that I’ve talked about, and then tried to resolve. I don’t really feel like I’ve got one this week though. I suppose my struggle at the moment is getting those finishing touches in. I originally wrote a very rough draft, and particularly the ending needs quite a bit of beefing out. When there are parts that you yourself aren’t quite sure about, how do you know when it’s ready? I suppose you never do. Will you ever be 100% happy with something. I doubt it.
All you can do is try.
Other than that, I don’t have any worries about the script this week. Only that come Monday I’ll be moving onto a different project, but I love working on this script. Once my next one is finished, I’ll line up my next idea, but edit through what will then be 3 pieces of work. I like to do that so that I can look over it with fresh eyes. Then when I’m half way through my next one, it’ll be time to start looking for a script agent, or some way to get them sold.
That’s crazy. If I can keep up my pace of writing that I have this month, it shouldn’t take me long to start living my dream of being a script writer. Beyond that I could even do some novel writing. One day, maybe even direct.