And two to go. AKA That time I wrote a feature draft in 2.5 days.
I discovered this yesterday after writing an 80-page feature in 2.5 days.
Sure, it will need some fleshing out (I always write short). I can already see where a scene here, an edit there can be made. But the bulk of the story is there, on the page. It’s ready to be edited.
Yes, it’s the first draft. It isn’t, however, the Riot Draft. Because this is the one that I experimented with an outline.
And, reader: it worked.
Simple plans go awry.
The near-daily updates planned at the start of the Screenplay in 30 Days project haven’t materialised — but there’s no point in saying something until you have something to actually say.
I’m 45 pages into the Riot Draft. It should have taken me a few days to write. I left a full week. I’m now into the second week.
Life finds a way… but it also gets in the way. In the Riot Draft week, I had to deal with a burst water main, a friend in meltdown, another friend in a different type of meltdown…
One of the most common screenwriting questions is whether you need to outline — or just run with it.
First off, let’s make one thing clear: every writer has their own process. What works for one doesn’t work for another, and that’s OK.
I’ve already discovered that my writing style might suit some things — but that it’s important to learn things like outlining for other projects (and to be able to work with the eventual cohorts of development executives, producers, and agents banging down my door. Eventually.)
My personal style is to brew an idea roughly in my brain…
When the idea you thought was great, fails. And when the one you thought would fail, shines.
So, this week I wrote my logline. I liked it, thought it summed everything up nicely. Even the fact a similar drama is currently on TV right now wasn’t putting me off.
Until I really scrutinised the idea with the help of my screenwriting mentor. Then: it all fell apart.
At first, when you realise an idea isn’t going to work, there’s a moment of existential dread. Your brain goes: “No! Never write again! You’re useless! You’ll never, ever, ever, ever, EVER have…
When watching films and reading is legitimate work, you know you’ve found a career worth chasing.
One of the first things I do when working on a script idea is to look around at what else is already out there.
I want to make sure I’m coming up with an original story (or as original as possible when you consider every idea has been done before). However, there are certain tones, conventions, and styles of other films and TV that could help inform what I want to do with the script.
So: the past few days (and the next) are…
How a single sentence took hours to write.
The first thing to write a script is to have an idea. Easy! (/sarcasm).
The second thing is to distil that idea into a single sentence. That’s definitely not easy, at all.
Some writers don’t write the logline until they’re ready to send their script out. That’s entirely their process and — as you’ll see over the course of the month — each writer is different in how they approach things.
For me, I find writing the logline first is the best way to hone down the idea I want to write…
Here it is. The big Career Leap.
Save your wise words on eggs and baskets. This is no sudden surprise, but a well-worked out plan. It’s still terrifying, though.
I’ve been a freelance writer for many years now. It’s cool. I like working with clients, writing about a range of subjects, and living the freelance life.
It’s not, however, what I’ve always wanted to do. No, that is reserved for the “when I grow up” title of Screenwriter.
For a variety of reasons, it’s time to take the leap. Share my innermost thoughts with strangers on the internet, you say…
Here’s the lowdown on what to expect from a freelance writer. We’ll cover:
Here’s the step-by-step process — and etiquette — for hiring a freelance writer to help your business.
Every writer is different and will handle the process in an individual way, but each of these steps will be involved at some point.
You need a writer. A writer needs you. It’s a match!
What’s in a hundred words? Well, the decision to place something in your online basket, that’s what.
Product descriptions are essential for any e-commerce site. Even if you don’t have an online store, a product brochure with great descriptions will encourage a customer to contact you to place an order.
However, to change the decision from ‘browse’ to ‘buy’, there’s one vital thing your product descriptions need to do:
Every product description needs to sell the solution to a customer’s problem.
That means you need to talk about the WHY of a product as much as the HOW.
I’ve been freelancing for a long time now, and there are a few things that I’ve learned about working from home.
It’s really tempting to see the low overheads of home working and use it as an excuse to not invest a penny on your equipment. This, I discovered, is entirely the wrong way to go about it.
As a freelancer, your home space is also your work space. You need to dedicate an area or a room that is just for work. …