Writing for Six Months Straight

If you follow me on Twitter (which you should) or if you're a friend on Facebook (eh), you've read that I finished the first draft of my new script. This is really only big news for a couple hundred reasons, and while I won't explain them all, I don't think it could've come at a much better time. For one, it came in the same week that I'm reaching the halfway point of my New Years' Resolution of writing every day. That's right, as you read this post, I've been a fully functioning writer for six months. A full half of a year of writing. It takes a certain level of narcissism to come up with that many words to put on paper. Trust me.

Second, I finished the first draft exactly one month from the day that I started the first draft. I'm no expert, but I don't think you're supposed to finish a full script in that amount of time. It must have something to do with a lot of free time, a lot of notecards up on my wall, and a little determination.

Third, well, if you've been reading my blog for a while, you know I haven't been too positive. Right as I promise to be a little more up, this happens. I consider it good karma for not whining as much. Or, you know, I just had more time to write when I stopped whining. Either way you look at it, good.

The point isn't that you should celebrate me though (but feel free if you wish). The point is that a stack of notecards became a stack of pages in exactly a month.

In other words, this first picture is now the second:

So what now? Now I rewrite and rewrite and rewrite. And edit. And rewrite. And the whole time, I don't feel like I'm living up to my New Years' resolution because I don't have a page count to show at the end of the day. It's hard to say you've written when all you've done is delete pages from the script. It counts, it just doesn't feel like it does.

We'll also hopefully actually make the film. We'll need a lot of actors we don't have in a lot of locations we can't use because we'd have to pay a lot of money we don't have, but for some reason, we're trying it anyway. And not coincidentally, that's the theme of the script.

"We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty."