A LENGTHY BREAK FROM BLOGGING. A NEW DEVOTION TO SCREENWRITING
It should always feel like the best thing you’ve ever written. But is it really if it’s the first thing you’ve written in a long time?
I took the summer off from blogging to finish a script called Strangers. I’m happy to report I accomplished my goal. Strangers weighed in at 103 pages. It’s the first feature length script I’ve completed in a while. What did I learn from my summer of screenwriting?
I still love to write movies!
Having said that, I feel like I could have experienced this months ago if I just applied myself. Perhaps I could be well on my way to writing a better script. When I finally printed out Strangers and held it in my hands I immediately felt an urge to start something new. I wanted to challenge myself to be better. The fire has returned but I know I have a lot to learn about the craft I’m passionate about once again.
SET SCREENWRITING GOALS. ACCOMPLISH THEM. SET NEW ONES. REPEAT.
I began writing a brand new screenplay towards the end of the summer and I’m already immersed in the world and the characters I’ve created. I’m so excited. But it’s important to sit back and enjoy my accomplishment. You don’t finish a screenplay every day! Screenwriters everywhere will agree there’s nothing quite like typing FADE OUT and sitting back in your seat. It’s a moment that anyone who enjoys being creative craves.
I learned this summer that I missed that feeling. I had so much fun writing the script and I didn’t want it to end. My new script instantly filled that void. Before I took time away from this blog, I wondered if I could confidently call myself a screenwriter. There’s a big difference between loving screenwriting and writing screenplays.
I’m a screenwriter. I love writing scripts, I love writing about my experiences, I love creating new things and I love the journey to FADE OUT.
It was a rejuvenating summer. I’m recharged and ready to finish another screenplay by the end of the year.
ONE JOURNEY ENDS. ANOTHER MUST BEGIN.
Stay tuned for a new series called The Summer of Screenwriting. Over 20 posts about the challenges I faced writing the new screenplay. There will be multiple new posts EVERY Wednesday.