Last summer, I decided to put aside writing short films and focus on features again. For the longest time, I had written shorts almost exclusively. When I began writing a new feature, I found it harder to find time to work on it.
It’s all excuses really. I know it and you know it. You either find time to write or you don’t. Whether it’s shorts or features, it’s the act of writing that’s important. So I challenged myself to finish a feature screenplay by summer’s end.
I accomplished my goal.
Almost immediately I dove into a brand new feature. To this day, I’m still working out the finer details of my new script.
Lately, I found myself missing the rush of completing a short screenplay in one sitting. The immediate satisfaction you get when you can pump out a first draft in a few hours.
I think once I finish my new feature, I may take a few weeks and write a couple more shorts. Not for anyone else but myself. But I don’t know if I’ll make it given the dream I had the other night.
I don’t know if I’m alone on this or not but for years, I’ve watched movies in my dreams. I’m the camera. It’s the oddest thing but I’ve had tons of dreams like that. Sure, I’m the star in others but I was just an observer in my latest subconscious adventure.
It was set in a senior citizens center where the tenants were gearing up to put on a play. They were led by an ambitious elderly man who is easily the coolest character I’ve ever accidentally made up.
By the time I woke up, the story development was done. I had a complete concept ready to go. I just needed to write it down. Since then, I’ve often thought about my latest inspiration and what it could become if I really focus on writing a first draft.
Right now, I remain focused on finishing my feature screenplay. It’s an action script and I’m having a blast creating the world and the characters that live there.
Who knows when I’ll get to another short screenplay. What I find encouraging is that inspiration can quite literally strike at any moment. Awake or not.
I had a good night sleep too.