I realized that is been several weeks since I looked at the manuscript for my novel. Up until last Friday I was still rewriting a screenplay and it was taking all my creative faculties. So this morning when I say down to work I found that I was still in editing mode instead of draft mode and that I was still thinking in screenplay format instead of thinking in prose.

So I decided to edit another screenplay.

I suppose this is actually a form of procrastination, but as forms of procrastination go; at least it’s a productive one. The screenplay I’m editing has been on the sidelines for several months. I wrote the original rough draft last February, then decided it would be better as a series and broke it apart in April. Then got distracted by the novel and didn’t look at it again until December when I decided to put it back together as a feature again.

At the start of the year I set myself the goal of submitting a script for the Nicholl’s Fellowship- a screenplay competition that is widely read in the film industry and is a good way for scripts to get noticed. You have to get into the top twenty percent or so in order to be taken seriously, but even if you don’t make the cut you can get reader notes which I’ve found to be very helpful. And you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. So I might as well submit and see how readers respond to my style.

So that’s my new project: to whip this script into fighting shape by the end of the month.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on February 18, 2019.

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