Tag Archives: screenplays

Link–Twitter Rant

22 Feb

http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/2015/02/twitter-rant-mike-sweeney-on-focusing-on-the-quality-of-your-spec-scripts-not-the-quanity.html

January 2015 Summary

2 Feb
  • Finished 1 Script
  • Wrote 750 Words Everyday
  • Submitted to the Outfest Screenwriting Lab

Words Wednesday: My new writing schedule

27 Nov

I’ve been trying to get back into the habit of getting up early to write and also to make time for all aspects of my writing (yay! that means the blog will pick up steam again).  I recently finished a script I am really happy with that needs some editing and I have recently started a new project.  In an effort to stay on track, I have decided to schedule my days writing sessions and I figured I would share that with you. Obviously things are subject to change but the idea is that this schedule helps keep me balanced about my writing and the work I am doing with it. Also, that it won’t allow me to put off something I may not be the most fond of in place of something more exciting (at least for the moment).

This idea kind of came to me from reading the Go Into the Story blog at the Blklst.com. I’ve really been enjoying the recent articles on screenwriting and especially the goal of 1,2,7,14.

Monday:

  • 30 Min: First Draft
  • 30 Min: Rewrite

Tuesday

  • 30 Min: First Draft
  • 30 Min: Prep new project

Wednesday

  • 30 Min: Rewrite
  • 30 Min: Brainstorming

Thursday

  • 30 Min: First Draft
  • 30 Min: Prep new project

Friday

  • 30 Min: Brainstorming

Saturday

  • 30 Min: Brainstorming/Prep
  • 30 Min: Rewrite
  • 60 Min: First Draft
  • 60 Min: Blog

 

I would guess you’re thinking….you’re only giving the blog an hour on Sunday? Well that’s because I work on the blog at more random times through out the week. I won’t sit down on Sunday and watch a whole bunch of trailers so undoubtedly that will happen during the rest of the week. Make sense?

What’s your schedule like? Share it in the comments!

Next Step Blues

30 Jan

I finished something. Well several somethings. I think I may have mention that I’m writing a lot recently. Six mornings a week I trudge out of bed, turn on my computer, coffee maker and write. I’ve written two movies in the last few weeks and I feel great! Of course that does bring you to the age-old question: what’s next?

You’ll find this is a constant question with me. I often fluctuate between wanting to get my work produced and see the work on-screen and wanting to pretend the movie was never written. When I was writing poetry it was generally the same thing. I wrote a lot but I didn’t submit a lot. At least though with Poetry I had a very good understanding of what the next step was. Once you have a polished(I don’t say finished because I know some people never feel a poem is done) poem you begin submitting it to literary magazines or to poetry contests. When it comes to film I’m sort of at a loss.

Even fiction writers have a clear idea of what they are doing. I’m at a loss. Internet searches provide the same answer: get an agent or submit to producers though many of them won’t walk to you unless you have an agent or are working with a producer.  The quest begins with a lot of phone calls, emails, letters and it’s slow going. The advice also usually has a large dose of “move to  LA” in it. Something that at this moment I am in no way prepared to do.  So what will I be doing next? Editing, querying and calling. Nothing else to do about it!

I’ll be searching the web for agents names, seeing who represents whom and hopefully getting a film made. Wish me luck 🙂

Happy New Year!

10 Jan

It’s a New Year and new projects abound. Or they probably should. Or something.

For many people Decemeber brings a wonderful spirit and liveliness followed quickly by January which is a renewal. A chance to be reborn and remade. Most years I would be plotting out resolutions and trying to determine which goals are the highest priority. I would be writing a blog post about new opportunities. But I’m having the winter blues,  anyone else?

Creatively I’m in a hot zone. I’m almost done with a script and outlining another. I have an idea for a Reality TV show and I’m reading quite a bit(updating my current list here. Check it out) This should be a great time. Yet, I feel sluggish. My work productivity is low and I can’t find the energy to be around anyone but my partner. I’m becoming a tortoise.

What is it about the cold that awakens the hermit?

Or maybe the stories are true. Maybe writers thrive under solitude and loneliness. When I say thrive I mean that they are creative and produce written work. Because I think when we’re socially stationary our energies decrease, we become vegetables, active minds but nothing stirring physically.

I have another theory of course. A very personal hypothesis. I have a fear that all this writing will crash into a giant block of grief. What can you do to fight it? You can’t.