People should never criticize me for not going out into the world and doing more things. Sure, I don't travel. Yeah, I get that I'm not exploring dark caves or swimming the deepest oceans. I know that my life doesn't closely resemble Fear Factor or The Amazing Race or any of those other shows that seem to define how most people think of adventure. I have more than my fair share of excitement. Right now, I'm doing something I've told myself for years I'd never try. It's completely unsafe and more than a little bit unsettling. Even as I write about it, I think about how I should change the process, play it safe, and just go back to my normal way of doing things. I won't though. Not this time.
This time, I'm writing a feature length script without an ounce of planning.
I won't outline. I won't use notecards. I won't think about beats or acts or sequences until I'm smack dab in the middle of one and I have to write myself out of it. Gosh, I feel so alive.
Maybe this doesn't seem like a big deal to you. If it doesn't, you've either A. Never written a feature length film or B. Never been me.
I wouldn't hold it against you if you've never done either. They're not for everybody. Especially the second one. I don't recommend trying it without a firm grip on release for the ejector seat, just in case it all gets a little bit too tricky.
I found that in the last feature I worked on, I planned myself into a wall. I knew exactly the right moments and how they were supposed to happen, so it all felt flat as soon as I got to them. There wasn't anything exciting or dangerous about it. I wrote that whole draft in, what, three weeks? That shouldn't happen.
This time, I'm flying without the net. If I fall, I'll know for next time that I need the cover. If I don't, maybe I'll have learned something else. Like not everything has to be planned. That not everything should be. That imagined adventures are just as important as the ones outside of my door.