The past few weeks have been all about working on developing this new script.
After a bit of a rough start, I’d come up with what seemed like a solid storyline. I had my plot points mapped out, and started filling in the blanks between them.
The ideas were coming at a decent pace, but things started to feel…odd.
I got to around the midpoint when things suddenly came to a grinding halt. Something just wasn’t clicking, and it was up to me to figure out what was wrong AND how to fix it.
My mind started racing for potential ideas. But the more I thought about it, the worse the ideas became. It was getting to the point of ridiculousness.
Being so laser-focused on this was severely messing up my creativeness. Since you can’t force inspiration, I took the easier path:
I stepped away.
Like any good writer, I’ve got more than a few projects in various stages of development, so I let this one simmer and turned my attention to something else.
Over the next couple of days, I made some progress plotting out this other project and didn’t even think about the first one.
I’ll also admit to spending some time doing some script notes and indulging in some pulp-y books featuring tales of adventures
And all of it really helped.
Feeling a bit more prepared to face my story problem, I opened the file and looked things over.
Thus did the wheels start turning…
I’d originally thought I’d have to delete a majority of what I’d already come up with, but a lot of it still worked, so I needed to figure out another way to utilize it.
Taking a closer look after a bit of a break helped to shine a spotlight on the problem as well as presenting an effective way to resolve it. Without going into too much detail, it involved expanding on what I already had for the first half of the story (along with a little rearranging of scenes), then expanding on those results, along with some relevant subplot goings-on, for the second half.
I’m sure there are many more bumps in the road ahead for this script, but it’s still great when you make this kind of headway.
Now – back to the story and filling in the rest of the blanks.
Hope your weekend is equally as productive, if not more so.