June 26, 2012
I haven’t written a tremendous amount of feature length screenplays but there are a few I’m extremely proud of on the shelf. Actually, I think the correct term is ‘collecting dust’ on the shelf. All that is changing now that I’ve reorganized my priorities. I’ve been writing more than ever!
Today, I wanted to focus on something positive that means the world to me.
As of this morning, I’ve written 70 pages in a month. The end is near. I know my characters better than ever, I know how everything fits together and I can see the big picture. I’m almost finished a brand new feature length screenplay!
I want to talk about how much that means to me.
In the last two years, I’ve only completed ONE feature. It was a script I developed in college so really I haven’t created anything new in a while. The ideas have always been there. I just haven’t written them. My new script deals with anxiety which adds a personal touch having dealt with high levels of anxiety for years. This is the most important screenplay I’ve ever written. I’m not going to say it’s the best thing I’ve ever written but I’m really excited about the story I’m telling. I want it to be the best thing I’ve ever written.
I’ve reached the final act. FADE OUT is only a few short weeks away. (Or sooner!) I can’t tell you how excited I am to type those two wonderful words. A first draft. I want to print it out and hold it in my hands. Hours of work poured into a story I believe in. For a screenwriter, it doesn’t get much better than that…
… Although I will be scribbling endless notes and changes in the margins of that first printout.
Honestly, I think this is it for me. I think I’ve finally taken a big leap forward with my writing. I can’t wait to finish this script. I can’t wait to start a new one. I can’t wait to see what’s next. I can’t wait to keep writing.
From a screenwriting perspective, there’s no greater feeling than seeing the end and knowing how to get there.
I’m almost done!
I wrote that post 3 months ago to the day. I was so enthusiastic about the script, my writing and where I was heading. It’s crazy to look back knowing the creative fire I lit 3 months ago is still burning today. I’m still writing as much as possible and slowly, the next script is taking shape.
This post made me smile. I loved that feeling. I was so close. There’s nothing like hitting save and immediately anticipating the next available writing session. That story was so much fun to write.