In lieu of a Facebook post which simply attracts too much of the wrong kind of attention, I’m writing a blog post to safely announce that I’ve put pen to paper, or rather, fingers to keys and wrote to first scene of my new screenplay! Cheers! Champagne corks pop!
My last post diagrammed my intentions for writing this first draft, and I’m already a couple of days behind. An additional day of “real” job work came in on Wednesday and I took yesterday as a personal day to spend with my wife who’s been on a bit of a “real” work bender herself. So today is my first writing day after getting to a point which I could consider being done brainstorming and outlining.
It was a real accomplishment to get something down today. I personal triumph if I do say so myself. I got to my writing space in the late afternoon, around 3pm, and the first few hours were spent wasting time on the internet, Facebook and various blogs and news sites I follow. Don’t get me wrong, I really wanted to dive right in and bang out the whole first act rough draft. Clackity-clackity-clack, clack, clack! But I really had to know if the actress in the off-beat comedy I watched yesterday was the same girl who played Jan Brady in the Brady Bunch movies. I mean, I just had to know! (The movie was Ass Backwards- unfortunately named- staring the gal who plays the Gyno in New Girl and Casey Wilson who I thought was Jan Brady… She is not.)
So, after hours of procrastination and a nagging self judgment that was truly starting to eat at me. I finally opened a word doc and start brainstorming Set-Up & Pay-Offs in between website perusals. Eventually, after 7pm, after convincing myself to give up on today and start fresh next time, I somehow got my fingers to pull up Final Draft and I dove in. Badly. Purposely badly. I said to myself, it don’t have to be good. Just get a Scene Header down with some clunky, basic description. Something. Anything. Go!
And four decent pages later, here I am, bragging about it. It’s only four pages which in an of itself isn’t much. But I feel it necessary to take the time to acknowledge what I have accomplished here. I wrote something… at the point in which I had given up on myself for the day… I wrote something. I pushed forward in a gentle and understanding way which ended up producing work today! That, my friends, is an accomplishment. Brag worthy? I don’t know, but I am venturing to say YES.
Half the battle is writing itself; marking out the time, actually putting something down without caring how good it is… in short, doing the work. I did that today.
I believe it’s necessary to acknowledge when you do something. No one else is here to give you the pat on your back. It’s up to me to do that for myself. Pat-pat-pat. There. It’s done. I have written a scene today, and I feel good about it. Sit. Breath. Feel the sense of accomplishment…
Not be greedy, but I still have more work to do for tonight. Excuse me, I would like to write more tonight.