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Thursday, February 12, 2004  

High Off the Fumes
After all my difficulties getting a concise and coherent blog post written this evening I knew that I needed to work through my sudden inarticulacy. So opened up my writing case and withdrew the file of notes on the screenplay that I've been work on (on and off) since June. Last week during a streak of productivity I completed another draft of the step-outline and knew that I needed to go over that and make some changes. As I stared at the neatly organized outline I had the overwelming desire to file it back away in the box. I just couldn't bring myself to re-write the damned thing again. I felt like I would never be prepared enough to actually start writing the SCRIPT. I had nearly 100 pages of notes, background, character sketches and plotting ideas. I had 4 different drafts of the step outline and I couldn't think of anyway to improve on what I had in-front of me. Then it hit me: I was done. i was done with all the arduous pre writing. All the plotting and outlining. Now I was just using it as another form of procrastination and if I didn't do something drastic then the whole thing would come crashing down about my ears. I needed to take that first scary step into the unknown. So I booted up my script writing software and started typing.


It is a couple of hours later and the first 5 pages of my script have just slid out of the inkjet. There was no real reason for me to print them out; I just wanted to see the back ink on the white paper. It makes it seem more real. They are rough and need a lot of work, but they exist! I feel better about the project than I have in months. The act of typing out the first 3 scenes has made me so much more aware of what I need to do to get this done and opened my eyes to different ways of tackling some of the problems that seemed so insurmountable when all I had was a hundred pages of notes and an outline.

Rock! I think I'll have a whisky to celebrate, Cheers!

posted by JMV | 2/12/2004 11:33:00 PM
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