Page Eighty Six


I’m rewriting one of my screenplays at the moment and I’m on page eighty-six out of (presently) one hundred and twenty five. I’ve been on page eighty six since Monday- and I’ve been working on it every day on my commute- both directions- thirty to forty minutes at a time, and every time I shut down my laptop I feel like I’ve made good progress, yet somehow I still seem to be trapped on page eighty six.

To be fair, some of this apparent stagnation is because I’m restructuring. The story is reaching the point where the plot is supposed to thicken, but right now it’s thin and full of lumps. So while I’m claiming to be laying groundwork, it’s possible that I’m just procrastinating on diving into the deep cuts. Although I did just go back and eliminate three pages, two characters, and a location. And gave another character an eye patch. And saved a lot of shoe leather by having the main character get kidnapped. (“Shoe leather” is screen time showing characters getting from place to place without much story happening.)

So clearly I’m not being too precious about my original draft, but I’m still trying to figure out my plan for the new draft. I mean, I have a plan sketched out in broad strokes, but I’m trying to figure out how to implement it. Rewrites: the problem-solving draft.

Anyway, it’s a process, and fate has seen fit to keep me at this step for some unknown reason. I suppose the only thing to do is to keep knocking against the story each day until it starts moving again. Hopefully soon.

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on February 6, 2019.

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