BAD DAYS HAPPEN…
BUT THAT’S WHY I LOVE SCREENWRITING
A few days ago, I woke up in a really bad mood. It happens to us all. This particular morning was awful and there wasn’t an explanation for it. I was just cranky to say the least.
On a normal day, I wake up and publish the latest post on The Athletic Nerd. Then I write something new or tweak existing posts. Depending on my work schedule, that usually leaves me with a couple hours to do whatever I want. Screenwriting is usually the number one contender for that slot. But I like to work on new graphics and brainstorm as well from time to time.
However, I didn’t feel like doing anything when I woke up that day. I hate being bored and basically wandered around the web looking for interesting things to read. It was a low morning at first but screenwriting was there to save the day once again.
I finally decided to take some pressure off and ditch my morning routine. I focused solely on my new feature screenplay. I hadn’t made any progress in a week or so.
So I loaded my notes and Final Draft on my monitors and got to work. Over the course of the next few hours I was silent as I typed. At first, I reworked a few scenes I was meaning to tweak. But my bad mood officially ended the second I broke new ground.
By the end of my session, I had crafted 4 new pages which isn’t a lot but it was all I needed. I felt a rush of excitement as I reached a pivotal scene and blasted through it like I had seen it a million times in my mind.
I felt a sense of accomplishment. I was in a good mood. The happiness stretched throughout my day. I found myself thinking about the new pages as well as the changes I wanted to make. I spent a great deal of time on the bus making notes to enhance the scenes I wrote that day. I couldn’t wait to get back to my script.
I also found myself wondering what triggered my bad mood. Was I blocked because I hadn’t written a word in a week? Maybe the lack of screenwriting contributed to my sour mood.
I’ve said it many times on this blog that I’ll never stop writing screenplays whether my work finds success or not. Screenplays can turn around days just begging to be wasted. Each page inspires the next and whatever was bothering me disappeared.
I’m happy when I write. Even though circumstances limit the amount of screenwriting time I have each week, I know it’s always there. There are always pages waiting to be filled.
It was a good day.