I’m almost finished.
After months (or years in the case of my latest screenplay) of work, I’m finally almost finished.
My little side project has gone through quite the development process over the last little while. I’ve seen each page evolve as I have as a screenwriter.
I think when I look back 10 years from now, I will look back at this script as a turning point in my screenwriting career.
Mainly because I promised myself once and for all that I wouldn’t start another feature script until I completed this story.
Now I can see the finish line. I know where I’m going with the story and the scenes are laid out in front of me. The characters are working and the emotions are there.
You can imagine how excited I am to finish it. I’ve been filled with an overwhelming sense of anticipation all week.
Yet this morning I had to take a step back.
I didn’t want the finish line to blur the pages I have to write before I get there. They have to be great.
So with 15-20 pages to go, I took the morning off from writing new pages and went back to page one.
I wanted to go over every single detail and make sure I was ready to finish my story properly.
It was a fantastic decision as I wound up eliminating 2 scenes and an entire character. I’ll miss the material I created but the story is better for it.
The process actually inspired a new scene in the second act that may or may not be my favorite of the entire script.
It wouldn’t be possible if I rushed through the final pages simply to get it done. That’s not enough.
You can’t take short cuts.
There’s nothing better than finishing a screenplay but it means nothing if you feel like you didn’t dedicate yourself completely to every single page.
Sometimes, the lure of the finish line can cause you to miss the little details and revelations that make a script great.
Don’t fall victim to this trap.
Tomorrow, I’ll know that I’m 100% ready to reach the end.