Today, I have finished the rough draft of Act I. I haven’t gone back and re-read it or even sequenced my files in order. I’m just taking a moment to appreciate the accomplishment of it.
Ahhhhhh! Perhaps a coffee and a nice blueberry square…
So where am I now? And what’s next?
First off, I’m letting it go. While tempting to add the pieces together and do a read through, I am putting it down. I already feel like there might be a bit of missing story/scenes that need to make there way up front. For instance, I haven’t introduced either of the main character’s work situations. Also, there’s a question if the families will make an appearance (they will), and if so, where, when and for how big of a role?
See, those are things already on my mental shopping list. The To-Do list that nags on the back of my brain. The instincts are talking – and rightfully so – but to indulge them right now would be more a hindrance than a help. It’s good to know these things I might want to change or add, but without the full picture in front of me it’s hard to work on and develop any of these other aspects of the script/story.
I believe it’s best to make a note (or blog post) of these thoughts and concerns and push forward completing the picture before trying to fix and improve what I have. A) it gives me a starting point for when I jump into the re-write phase of things, B) it saves momentum. Right now I’m on a high and have the momentum that comes from accomplishing something. To start tearing it apart to make it “perfect” right now would squander that momentum and open the door for judgement and self-criticism to start nipping at me. Lastly, C) it could help save time. Most definitely. Because the sooner I get a complete rough draft and get this vague thing/idea/story out of me, the sooner I get to where the real work begins… rewriting!
Not to mention, as I continue writing from this point forward, line items that are on this mental check list of mine, might not ever become important. They might get written out of the story as I move forward in which case, if I spent time now adding those things in, that would be time wasted. Additionally, some of the add-ons or fixes I might want right now, could just open more questions in my mind. By writing forward from where I am (and holding some of these concerns in a scrapbook), I allow myself the freedom to keep making discoveries which get me into a better place for making decisions down the road. Or at the very least, get me to use up one set of decisions in the process of this draft.
So… WOO- HOO!! I finished the rough of Act I!
Here are a few stats for roughing out the first Act:
5 writing sessions/days
8 calendar days total
9 actual writing hours
out of 25.5 total Writer’s Room hours
6.2 pages per session
14 pages – largest daily output
2 pages – smallest daily output
4 blog posts about writing during that time
1 happy screenwriter