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September 15, 2008

Back in the saddle

I have a screenplay to finish by October 2nd or I owe some very good friends of mine $400. Yes, that's right. We all made a pact in my writing group that come 10/2, we show up at our meeting with a completed first draft or a 4 crisp $100 bills. I'm 6 pages in...

It's not that I haven't been productive. I have. But it's been plays, and re-writes, and TV shows, and web series, and shooting an actual short film. But now I have to get back to the business of filling up 100 plus blank pages with story and characters that will hopefully make people laugh, cry, and pull out their wallets.

The $400 deadline was an artifice to keep us all writing when we don't have to. This is a skill that I really want to develop. I have only written two of my screenplays when I really didn't have to. I am a deadline driven person. But I know I need to develop the skill to write regardless of assignments, and in addition to assignments, because I have to tell my stories.

I have a document on my computer called "Screenplay_Ideas" where I keep all the ideas for movies that I think of. Currently, there are 20 that I think are really good. Yes, 20! At five screenplays a year (which is a breakneck pace,) that's 4 years of material. And I add more ideas before I complete screenplays. So I can't wait for assignments to write if I'm going to tell the stories I want to tell.

I need to write.

Which is what I'm doing again, right now.

Posted by jason on September 15, 2008 12:22 PM


I like your usage of the word, artifice. It's a good word.

Posted by: Mike on September 15, 2008 03:10 PM

Artifice begins with the letter Aa!

Sorry...I'm a Pre-K teacher and Aa is the letter of the week.

Seriously, Jase, you seem like you are very disciplined in your writing. You'll do it! If I were to make a pact like this, I am pretty sure I would end up $4oo poorer!!

Posted by: kathiek on September 16, 2008 01:32 AM

I can't spend $400 on not doing something! Think about how many hands of poker I could lose with that money!

8 pages today. Up to 13 now, and I like what I've written.

Posted by: jason on September 16, 2008 01:51 AM

I wrote two paragraphs yesterday and considered it a successful day's work.

Posted by: SnakeMan on September 17, 2008 08:55 AM

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