It should go without saying that writing a script with a deadline is about timing. In a perfect world, I’d have every single day free, and have at least 3-5 hours free in each of those days, in which to power out my daily page goal. Alas, the world…and life…doesn’t work like that.
Even so, with my day yesterday filled with cleaning and relaxing (since I was too out of it to put much thought into writing), I do not consider it a waste. I am ready and raring to go, now. Also, since I got a late start, I began my session by sitting down and jotting out some notes, making note of the little details in the character profiles and background that were niggling at me, saying “this doesn’t work, here” or “this won’t work, the way you have it now.”
So, I’ve been storyboarding via rough sketch and a spiral bound. Just like with my character profiles, I’m learning a lot about my script by doing this…not just the character of…my characters, but the character of the places they inhabit. Those little details that hadn’t even occurred to me struck me as I was doodling and jotting down notes.
What I’m getting at, in a round about manner is that delays are unavoidable, but instead of beating myself up about what I did yesterday (vs what I COULD HAVE BEEN doing), I’m just happy that I didn’t have a chance to work, less I get so far into my story that I have to ruthlessly delete scenes in order to backtrack and get to where I now know I need to get.
Yes, my revelations mean some revamping (har har, vampire pun about a vampire movie is funny) will need to be done for the central characters, but it will be worth it, if it means that my story flows as I should and allows me to get to the end in a way that feels more organic.
In the meantime, I’m going to continue to power away at this, submerged in my ocean of English Breakfast tea and the Nocturnes of Chopin.