Back with another update. I know it has been a while. According to my original schedule, I should be about wrapping up Act II this week, but I’m lagging behind. I’m about half way through the second act, 24 pages, but I’m not sure if I’m really moving the story forward or not.
I have started Act II by outlining some comedy scenes that I think will deliver on the promise of the premise. I’ve been using note cards which I can pin to the wall while I’m working. I’ve been writing scenes out of order (and in their own individual fdx files as usual) based on what strikes me when I sit down to write or sometimes what scenes I think might be easier to write if I need a little extra encouragement. I’ve tagged the cards with multicolor stickies I can adhere to the back of the card, leaving a bit of color sticking out of the top. This allows me to see which character’s fun & games the scenes are pertaining to.
I think the key to remember here in this stage of the game, is to keep writing. The more the better. It is easy to slash and burn later, but for now, just get. it. out. If it might be funny, write it. If it might move the story along, write it. If it’s stupid, write it. I have a suspicion that some of the scenes here might even be more suited to the second half of Act II (or could easily be adapted to be more dramatic, story-propelling) once I can stand back and see what’s there.
On a personal note, I am in the desert. Things are moving slower than I’d like, and my fear is that I’m not building momentum, but losing it. In all fairness, it’s been a long couple of weeks without many writing days as I’ve had other bill-paying work pulling my attention. Additionally, I’ve started being pulled back toward my last script which I left off knowing it needed a pass/bump up of the beginning and end. All in all, I’m pretty happy with the shape the script is in, but I know it’s not in its peak condition I’d like it in before showing it to people, soliciting advise, or doing a staged reading. I would really like to do a staged reading to hear it. Besides doing a reading gets you the feedback of ten to eighteen people all in one night instead of waiting months for friends and writing colleagues to get around to it. A staged reading and polish afterwards would mean the script would be in a place where I could begin sending it out. I’m contemplating trying to shoot it myself on a micro budget which at times is a thrilling idea while in others seems too daunting. I’m also considering submitting it to contests (which I don’t normally do with my scripts) because I think it might be a good way to help my raise some funds for shooting either as prize money and/or buzz which can translate to interest from donors.
So that’s where I’m at. Just a quick update today.