I broke apart one of my scripts with the vague idea of turning it into a series instead of a standalone feature. At first, the act of doing this was a great relief: I could finally expand to find the threads of story that were still eluding me. Quite often when I’m writing I find myself getting distracted by meta elements like page count and word count and act structure (I’m at page sixty- have I reached a midpoint?! Has there been enough build?).

It’s difficult to work creatively when in editing mode- and page count, word count, and plot structure are all hallmarks of editing mode. Instead of thinking about what could be, I’m too busy worrying about what should be. So breaking the story apart was helpful for getting me out of my own head and back into a more creative head space. I divided the story into ten episodes, and then I put it away for seven months and didn’t give it a second thought.

This turned out to be a blessing in disguise: now, here I am reassembling the story back into a cohesive whole, and I’ve had time to fall out of love with the plot elements that don’t drive the story forward. Suddenly the progression of the action makes so much more sense and feels more like a cohesive whole. And I’m at page sixty and yes it doors feel like a midpoint.

I’m not sure if reassembly counts as creative mode or editing mode: a little bit of both I suppose. It’s an interesting way to work.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on February 23, 2019.

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