|It's all about getting to this moment.|
|This is what the above image looks like to me. Well, without the blinding flash. |
Unless I've got a really good idea. Then, yeah, that's what happens.
I could have probably just kept on working like that, but my wife decided it'd be better for me to get away from any kind of distraction. Plus, she'd cleaned and straightened up our basement and set up a little work area for me. So basically, I had no choice.
|I get a space heater and hobo gloves to try and keep warm. |
Try being the operative word...
I started working in the basement sometime in early February. In about three weeks, I hammered out a first draft of my script Bake Sale. Up until the third act, I was scripting 10 pages in under three hours. Of course, it helped that I pretty much knew everything that was going to and supposed to happen. I think I got hung up with the third act because I was getting near the end and I really liked the characters and everything, so it was more of a psychological hang-up than a writing one.
With the script I'm doing now -- the first in the 12 in 12 series -- I've been averaging about 5.5 pages when I get down to write. I missed a few days because of a new medication I started taking (more on that another time since it's likely the reason for the medicine will cause a snag at some point in my endeavor to fulfill the 12 in 12 challenge), but when I'm down there, I know what I'm doing and where the story's going. I could probably get more pages done, but this script has some intense moments that I'd rather not linger with too much. Don't get me wrong, they're great moments and work nicely, but when I'm writing them and running the gamut of emotions the characters are going through... Yeah, I can handle only so much of that in a writing session. But then I know what I'm working on the next day, so it all works out quite well for me.
I thought I had some kind of point, a unifying theme when I started writing this, but whatever it was it's gone now. Maybe it was about finding a place to write, a place that inspires you or keeps you on track and pace. I can still write anywhere I need to, but having that one spot where I have no options but to write... that's nice. It's reassuring, really. It makes me feel that even though writing 12 screenplays in 12 months is a crazy, crazy thing to have undertaken, I at least have some place that remains constant and can keep my mind on the task at hand. As cliché as it sounds, it's a sanctuary.
I don't look that good, but I guess it still works...