Latest Draft of Horror Script

I’ve got a script that i’ve been working on for a little while now. One where I love the concept but have struggled at times to tell the story. Have had to many characters or have changed the characters to much. Have had to many locations or to few. Have introduced many many subplots to try and correct things. Basically, it’s been hard. I’ve written two other scripts in the time its taken me to get to a third draft on this one.

But I really do love the concept. I think it’s killer.

But I’ve had problem with tone due to the concept, then theres the fact that the main scene that came from the concept has held the story back, and also the concept makes it difficult to have likeable characters.

But man do I love the concept.

Then theres the third act. Three drafts in and still feels a bit messy. Maybe there’s to many characters in the third act, although i’ve already cut that down, or to many locations, but I’ve dropped some of them as well. The tone changes, but that’s a big part of the concept.

And I really really do like that concept.

Well guess it’s time once again to think about the different ways in which I can make this story work. It feels like it’s getting better and the first two thirds feel like they’re really working for the first time. Although they feel a little long but I have no problems cutting down scenes or deleting them, thats all part of redrafts. But that third act really needs to be a lot more concise because it’s distracting the whole concept.

And i’m not given up on that concept. To stubborn.

One day hopefully you’ll all see this story thats causing me so much pain… Because no way am I giving up on it 😉

Stephen

 

Writing/Work Balance 

Through out my writing life I’ve always had to try and balance work and writing. A lot of time they’ve both required a lot focus or time and have lead to some extremely long days, weeks and months with one or two burn outs along the way. 

A few years ago while working tons of hours over the Christmas period I was also working on a TV show writing several episodes with a very short deadline. Worked out that I was working close to 40 hours a week in a retail shop and writing for about another 40-50 hours per week. Every spare second I had was spent writing. To the extent that I can’t even begin to explain how many receipts from my job at the time had notes written on them. 

The stupid thing was I kind of loved it. I would have preferred that all 90 hours been writing time but that wasn’t possible. But that level of commitment and work ethic suited me. I enjoyed the challenge and put everything I had into it and believe I produced some strong work while also learning a hell of a lot. 

That experience hasn’t repeated itself since and somehow along the way the writing/work balance tipped in the wrong direction and I found myself putting more of my energy into work. There are reasons for this but a lot of them reasons have since faded and what i’m left with is a slight regret because while my energy went into work my passion and heart are always with writing and film making.

I didn’t neglect my writing, and in fact have got a lot done, but I know I could have had more and now is the time to correct that. My current circumstances in life have almost accidentally given me an opportunity to once again make writing everything and that’s what I want. Have left work and am hoping to bring an end to my 17 year retail career and make writing and film making my sole purpose.

Is going to be nervy at times as like everyone I have debt and money commitments but I believe I’ve worked out a way to make this work and have to. Is about time that my passion in life get 100 percent of me. 

Will soon know if this is a stupid decision or not, but my hearts telling me to do it and that’s good enough for me. 

Stephen

One Pagers

Been working on some one pagers of late. Have scripts and treatments ready but wanted to make it clear that I have plenty of work and ideas so have written one pagers for future scripts as well. 

From the research I’ve done through various sources it’s been suggested that I should have 5 big ideas to go alongside the work I’m putting out there so that’s what I’ve been concentrating on of late. 

Coming up with ideas as never really been an issue for me, have a lot of stories to tell, my problem has more been working out what next. Have always enjoyed having more than one idea on the go at once because it means no writers block, any time I get stuck I move onto the next idea for a while and then go back once I’ve solved the problem. What this has led to though is a lot of unfinished ideas.

Luckily that’s all come together at once and I’ve gone from 2 finished scripts to 6 finished scripts in very little time. So now starts the next round of work. So while working on these one pagers I’ve been getting excited about each idea thinking, yep, that’s the next one I’m Going to write. Then no actually that one. Or maybe this one. Can already see myself on another 3-4 year cycle of to many scripts on the go at once and don’t want that. 

So my plan is to concentrate on 2 of the 5. The one pagers are helping as well as hindering because  the more redrafts and development I do on the one pagers the more I can see how far along I am with each idea. One of them I’m struggling to make the one pager not sound to vague so clearly that one isn’t ready.

I’ve never really been one to do one pagers before I write the script so this is a new experience for me. Normally I do the one pagers afterwards but have to say beforehand feels better. I’m not trying to cram in every scene and action I like the most am just telling the broad strokes of the story and that seems to be working better.

Has been a good experience and a practical one too. Feel like I’m moving along nicely now. Just need to be decisive and choose the next two stories I want to tell.

Hopefully by my next blog I’ll know. 

Stephen. 

Plans going forward

Been thinking s lot of late about what lies ahead and how I’m going to reach my ambitions and goals. It’s been very apparent to me that a lot of it is in my hands and I’m ok with that because that’s the way it should be.  

Not going to lie, I thought I’d be further along by this point. Had a view looks through the glass ceiling and loved what I saw but haven’t broken through as such yet. Feels like I’ve come close, and maybe missed an opportunity or two that I could have done more with but I didn’t, not sure why, but not going to dwell on it either. 

I feel like I’m in a place in my life now where I can go all in. That’s cost me a lot but also gives me great hope for the future. 

So with that said (albeit somewhat vaguely because all still to raw) my viewpoint now is to be positive and as hard working as ever (even more so) and get stuff done. All my unfinished work can be finished and I can get myself out there and that’s the easy part because a lot of that work has been done. 

I’ve set myself a long term plan to produce a lot of work and a lot of content and feel confident that not only can I stick to that, but can do more. Want to write more, make more, see more, be more and I can. 

Want to use this blog and other social media to be pretty transparent with my journey to get scripts out there and stuff made. Want to chat about the short films I’m working on and the music videos I’d love to make.

So many times in my life I’ve told myself this is a new beginning…

…Well this time it really is. But it’s the beginning after 15+ years of prologue. I have a great starting point, and the right attitude and work ethic, so time to make that count and its 100% on me, which is the way I like it.