I pretty much finished reading the screenwriting book by Madeline DiMaggio that I bought last weekend and I didn't really get anything out of it. Most of the advice seemed to be general writing stuff, which I already knew. I had hoped to learn more about the specific mechanics of screenwriting and how to get my screenplay to the appropriate producer and this book didn’t help me with that. I came across a website called Fast Screenplay which has a free 10 day guide to developing screenplays. I decided to sign up and check it out. Like a good little cabbage, I did the first exercises, which came with a lot of hype about how it would help me achieve a finished screenplay. ( I did skip some steps. ) Here are my results .
STEP 1 Identify your reason for writing: I started writing The Chosen Vessel because I felt like I couldn’t move forward with my novel, but I didn’t want to stop writing. I needed to keep writing because I enjoy it, because it’s something that I have always wanted to do, because it’s something that I am good at (even if it’s hard at times and even if I doubt myself). Because it keeps my grief and depression at bay.
STEP 2 Turn that reason into a “must”: I must write because it gives my life more meaning. I can see the scenes in my head, I can hear the music from the sound track. The story feels bigger than me and I am Chosen Vessel through which this story and it’s characters need to be given life. I have faith in this story and I believe that it will be made into a movie.
STEP 3 Identify the consequences of quitting: I will have wasted $330 on AWG membership. The characters from the story will probably haunt me. If I stop writing then I will probably fall into a deep depression. I can’t imagine the consequences of quitting because I can't imagine not going forward.
STEP 4 Write down why those consequences are unacceptable: I can’t fall into a deep depression because it will effect my family.
STEP 6 Find the urgency in your reason: I need to keep moving forward so I don’t lose my momentum.
STEP 7 Make an external promise to push through all challenges: I have already shared my intentions with my family and friends, but the only person who can really push me to do it is myself.
STEP 8 Identify a clear path to completion: Finish finish first draft, get help with editing, send it to a script adviser, rework any changes, have it registered, send it to an agent.