Two years ago, I attempted an adaptation of the Punisher: Circle of Blood graphic novel. It isn’t bad, and I might even show it to someone someday. Last year, I took a short story I wrote and did an adaptation of it. It also isn’t bad, and it too I might show to other people in the future. Both need another couple of passes before I’m happy with them though.
This year, I decided to write an original screenplay instead. And it was much harder.
I’m sure the screenplay itself won’t actually be harder to write, once I get to it. See, the hard part this year was that by working on an adaptation, like I had the previous two years, there is less prep work. The characters and the plot is around 90% there. Sure, you’ll have to make changes, but the foundations are there. But with an original, I have to make all that stuff up myself, which I didn’t do before hand, and so I’ve spent the last four weeks fleshing out characters and plot points, layout out arcs, and doing everything I should have done in March but never got around to.
Lesson learned: start prepping in March next year.
That said, I like what I’ve got, even if with a day and a half to go I don’t have a single page of screenplay. I’ve got notes. Lots of notes. And I really like the idea I’ve come up with, so I will continue to work on this and hope to have a finished screenplay in a couple of months. What’s it about? I’d rather not say, but I will leave you with one little tidbit. The title.
Pretty much as I expected, I didn’t make the 100 pages. However, I more than doubled my attempt from 2009. I have, what I consider, 28 very solid pages. I really enjoyed working on this and am going to continue because I want to see it through.
One thing I’ve heard of other people doing that I have decided to start myself is what is called “Morning Pages”. Essentially, most people are better at planning in the early part of the day before conflicts and new items can screw up your plans, so you write three pages a day in the early morning to get them done. Seeing as how these days I tend to get up at 6 A.M. but don’t go to work until 8 A.M. I’ve got time I currently spend reading message boards and watching TV. Writing would be a better use of my time.
If I had done this throughout April, I might have been able to hit the 100 page mark. There’s always next year.
Script Frenzy has begun. If you care, you can follow my progress on their site. A good start for two days, I’m on target anyway. While working on it, I found myself needing to step away, not from writing but specifically from the script while I sorted out a detail, and found myself polishing up chapter 2 of T.A.S.E.T. I finished it.
It feels good to make progress.
It’s been a long week.
Have you ever had a problem that you can’t see? You can see the effects of it, but not the direct cause. Slowly sifting through the symptoms, ruling out possibilities. A whole week of that and what I have to show for it is a problem still unsolved, but at least I know a few dozen things it isn’t. Perhaps next week will shed new night.
This is also the last weekend before Script Frenzy. I really enjoyed participating last year even if I didn’t finish. I’m more ready this year than last. For one, I’m not just starting a new job. I’ve also already done my taxes AND gotten my refunds. In just about every way possible, I’m in a better place this year.
I don’t know if you are paying attention, I know I often don’t. But over on the right side of the page, down a bit, there are a couple of progress bars. One of them recently moved. Sure, the number is a complete and total guess, but I’ve actually moved forward, crossed some items off the “To Do” list and adjusted it accordingly. Feels good.
Also have the first real meeting for the Dragon*Con staff where I’ll get to sit around with the MMO Track folks and try to figure out how to get BioWare to show up and talk about The Old Republic… among other things, I’m sure.
Overall, as March heads to April, and as Winter passes to Spring, everything is looking pretty good. Let’s get the weekend started…