Alan Donegan: PopUp Business School Co-Founder, Entrepreneur, Financially Independent Pizza Lover, Marvel Movie fan and soon to be Script Writer
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In this post I will share with you my progress (yes I have made a graph of writing!), what I have learned this week and the plan to get to the thing finished by April 19th which is just 4 weeks away! Can someone slow down time for me?
It is all about the numbers!
My goal is to write 1 screen play by the 19th of April (See the BIG commitment here). A screen play for a movie is anywhere between 7,500 - 20,000 words although the number of words is less important than the number of pages. The target for a spec script (which is a script you write to then try and sell) is between 90-120 pages. The movie industry work on about 1 minute of film for 1 page of script.
So my target is to get 1 script finished around 90 - 100 pages.
How am I doing so far? Here are the numbers! You may notice on the graph below there are 2 movies! This is because I got inspired to write a second movie and got energy for that. In the second week I have worked between the 2 scripts and had fun changing and writing both.
In week 1 I had written 5487 words for the screen play and in week 2 we amped up the productivity; writing a total of 9850 more words. 6002 more on the RomCom and 3848 on the Super Hero Movie! I felt much better this week working away and writing and I was far more productive
In terms of pages written the RomCom grew from 30 pages to 58 (so nearly doubling) and actually got to a point where it reached a natural finishing point. The Super Hero movie got to 21 pages as a start and I was really into writing it and excited about the direction on Friday. Most of the progress on the Superhero movie came on Friday this week.
Is a 2nd movie a distraction?
Wasn't your plan to write 1 movie Alan? Why have you started a second? Shouldn't you focus? You are always telling us to focus on 1 thing!
One of the things I have realised over the years is that your first idea isn't probably going to be your best ever idea and normally in any new pursuit you are going to have to fail a bunch of times before you actually succeed.
With this in mind I have decided at this point that volume of content created is more important than the quality which I am then going to work on getting feedback and developing.
My energy for either movie changes throughout the week so by having 2 projects to work on when I am bored of one I can flick to the second and still make progress towards my goal of finishing a screen play.
The danger is that I split focus and don't finish either. I am monitoring this one and will let you know how I get on. The way I feel at the moment with my productivity is that I could have 2 scripts done by the deadline but you just don't know!
In the first week's report on the screen writing I asked for people to help me by reviewing my script. A few of you were kind enough to volunteer and I have shared version 1 with a few people. Why did I do this early?
All that said it doesn't mean I felt comfortable doing it. I was nervous, very nervous when I first sent it to some friends. I hovered over the send button and paused before sending it. You would think I am passed rejection, being 40 now but it still held some fear for me as it is my work being judged!
I did it and I have got some great feedback from Jamie (my drama enthusiast friend from England) yesterday which I am going to go through and work to develop the script. This is going to make it so much stronger!
If you would like to help give me some feedback on my scripts as I develop I would LOVE your help. Send me a message and I will ask you as I develop things!
What else did we do in LA this week?
You can't write 24/7! Katie cycled for miles preparing for her 500 mile RAGBRI cycle ride, she learned the guitar and made huge progress, we ate some amazing food and explored Santa Monica, Venice and the surrounding areas!
What I have learned this week?
I have written nearly double the words this week as opposed to last week! What has changed and what have I learned?
My new favourite location
I have found this place called the Victorian where you can sit in the garden for hours enjoying coffee and writing. it has trees and shad all over which is great to protect my pasty British Skin! it is a cool place to hang out!
If you drop past LA baby you will probably find me out there!
The plan for Week 3
This week coming Katie is going off to Raleigh to go cycling with some friends so I am going to be left alone in LA for the best part of a week! This could go one of two ways! My hope is that this week coming I am going to be UBER productive and get lots done. My plan for this week is to:
That's the plan anyway but with Katie out anything could happen this week!
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