The Screenplay Is Finished But My Printer Is Broken

November 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

The Screenplay Is Finished But My Printer Is Broken | Screenwriting Blog

July 31, 2012

Hot pages are erupting from my printer and my heart is racing.  I’m about to hold my brand new screenplay for the first time.  I can’t wait to flip through the pages.  I’m looking forward to reading it without sitting in front of a computer screen or holding up my iPad.

Halfway through, the printer spits out a blank page.  My heart skips a beat.   Thankfully, it’s a false alarm as page 49 is printed as planned.

Then…  My worst nightmare…  (At least from a screenwriting point of view.)  With 30 pages to go, the ink starts to fade.  My first print out isn’t perfect!?  Unacceptable!  Still, the pages are still readable.  With 10 pages left there is virtually nothing left.  The ink cartridge is living on borrowed time.  I’m starting to wonder if it’ll make it to page 1.

5 is readable.

4 requires mild straining.

3 will need several words penned in.

…  2…  Never made it.

And so my first print out was ruined.  I didn’t even get a full script.  103 out of 105 pages with 30 of them faded.  My celebration must wait.  I’ll be visiting a printing place first thing in the morning.

The Summer of Screenwriting: Looking Back

It took an extra week before I finally got to hold the script in my hands.  (Isn’t that a great feeling?) I finally sat down to read and found a typo on page 20.  But at least I got to punch holes in my work and slip a couple brass brads in them.  A feature length screenplay that I wrote.

The pinnacle of the screenwriter’s journey.

I have a new journey to complete now and I can’t wait for my printer to break down at the worst possible moment again.

When FADE OUT Is Just Around The Corner

September 26, 2012 at 9:21 am

When FADE OUT Is Just Around The Corner

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!

The Summer of Screenwriting: Looking Back

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.

Getting Stuck Reading Your Screenplay Before It’s Finished

September 26, 2012 at 9:19 am

Getting Stuck Reading Your Screenplay Before It's Finished | Screenwriting Blog

June 16, 2012

SCREENWRITERS!  You’ve just completed an epic new scene full of drama and/or excitement.  You want to read it again but why limit yourself to a single scene?  Why not read the entire script up to that point to see how it flows?

I’ve read books in the past that promote creating your first draft uninterrupted and then see what you’ve got.  I don’t think that’s my style.  I like going back to the beginning from time to time and scrutinizing the events leading up to my new scenes.  But I’m also guilty of taking too much time away from crafting new material in favor of reading.  At what point do you have to skip to the blank page at the bottom and type something new?

I mention it now because today, I caught myself reading things over because I was stuck.  I knew the next scene that had to be written but it just wasn’t clicking.  It’s one thing to plan a scene but it’s an entirely different beast when you have to write it.  It turns out, I didn’t have a really clear idea of what I wanted the scene to be.  I knew the players and the action but the details were lacking.

So I procrastinated.

I went back to page 1 and read everything I had…  Slowly.  While I wasn’t being overly productive, it still helped a lot.  In the early stages of your first draft, there are bound to be a couple scattered grammatical errors.  You can always work on the structure of your pages and the all important white space.

You can improve the language of the script.  Find better ways to describe your world.

It’s important work but nobody will ever see it if you don’t finish the script right?  There are pros and cons to everything.  In the end, I decided to leave my script alone once I read it over.  I stepped away.  Some will argue that I wasted valuable time better spent writing new pages.

I think any time spent exploring the pages you’ve already written is still a productive exercise.

Have you ever found yourself reading your screenplay before it’s finished instead of writing new pages?

The Summer of Screenwriting: Looking Back

I think this post sums up a lot of my problems when it came to screenwriting.  I always had the best intentions but always put things off.  I was definitely productive that day but what I failed to mention was how much free time I wasted playing video games before I even opened up the script.

Ultimately, whenever I did write new material it was always worth the wait.  I would always catch myself wondering why I put it off in the first place.  The lesson?  I need to stop complaining, procrastinating and most of all, I need to stop whining about it.  I need to sit down, shut up and write screenplays.