After a rough couple of days, I’ve opted to put the revision of the sci-fi adventure outline on hold and redirect my focus to a new draft of the horror-comedy.
Lots of changes in store for this one, most of all making it as cheap to produce as possible. Several characters cut, locations drastically slashed, overall production costs severely reduced.
What was once a low-budget story taking place throughout a small town has now been shrunken down to an ultra-low- (possibly even micro-) budget story with a majority of the action on a forest road, and in and around an isolated house.
In some ways a challenge, but also somewhat liberating. Also a major plus – so much usable material from the previous draft – including a line or two of description that’s been expanded into a plot-propelling sequence.
I’m slowly working my way through the outline, with the intention of getting to pages within the next week or so. One option is to type up pages for what I’ve already got in the outline, edit those, then work more on the outline, then pages, and so on and so on. I’ve done it before, with tiring but pleasing results.
No matter how I approach this, the ultimate goal is to have a completed draft (or as darn close to it I can get) by 31 March.
The ticking of the clock rings like thunder in my ears.
Wish me luck.