DutchessAbroad Judith van Praag Shares Mindful Snippets: from Empathic Journalistic Snapshots, to Fiction from Life and Heartfelt Memoir | Writing & Art as Creative Acts of Healing - Sources of Hope and Solace
If there was any doubt in your mind that writing a film script in less than one month may be likened to climbing the Mount Everest, check out the stats below. That my friends is a steep incline if I ever saw one. The Stairmaster® at my gym has nothing on that baby! Except for the exercise manufacturer's motto: Real Work Real Results
Don't think I didn't do nothing the first 19 days. I was thinking about another writing project, a manuscript I whipped out during the NaNoWriMo of 2010, that I wanted to use as inspiration for the film script. On April 1st I published a post on FaceBook and on Twitter, stating:
My screenplay "Counterfeit" has been optioned still very hush-hush. Can see both Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller as MC, oh boy I could SCREAM!
That first day of ScriptFrenzy I wrote 3 pages. Just writing the scenes made me want to finish reading through the draft of the "Forgiveness" manuscript for more useful sections. On April 19 I picked up the screenplay where I left off. In order to finish on April 30th I had to write at least 10 pages per day. Did I? No, not right away, but the closer the peak came in sight, the faster I typed.
How thankful I was to remember Lia Keyes' tip during the NaNoWriMo sprint: "Don't delete, everything you type adds up for your word count." How hard it is to control the urge to delete when you're an incorrigible editor though!
Using the Forgiveness WIP I gained insight in my manuscript's characters' motivation and actions. Alongside that I discovered how much "back story" and character make-up is present in the monologues written during NaNoWriMo. Plus, I returned to an old lover, scenario writing. All in all a fantastic experience. Onward and upward, forward. There's some tweaking to be done, another 20 or so pages to be written, but then my friends, I'll have the 120 standard for a feature film.