I have a bad habit of waiting until evening rolls in to post my updates. Here’s how my week’s going so far:
04/04/11 – Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Nien. Nyet. Nunka. Although I see I was in good company here.
05/04/11 - After returning home from my second viewing of Sucker Punch (my opinions on which, I talk about at length over here), I attacked my word processor in a fit of inspiration and knocked out a whopping 266 words! …What?
06/04/11 – 299 words (Stop judging me with your judgy eyes! I’m happy with my measly progress) and I’ve officially finished the Zero!Draft of Scene 1. Which I wrote entirely to the Sucker Punch remix of Bjorks “Army Of Me”.
“Hold up. Rewind. Zero!Draft? WTF you talkin’ ’bout S.J.?”
About that. See, I’ve been reading a lot of Chuck Wendig’s advice to writers. They mostly consist of him yelling at us writerly folk. Tough love? I’m a masochist, I guess?
Anyway, one day he wrote a blog post about how people who don’t like to outline should TOTALLY take up screenplay. Really? Really. At first I was all “yeah. ok. whatevs.” But as the week went on, I realized my two major problems have been Dialogue and Getting-To-The-Mothafrackin-Action-Already! So, actually? That whole screenplay thing? Could totally help me.
And lo, Zero!Draft was born.
Zero!Draft is not my weekly goal however. It’s just the …shall we say “blueprint?” I kinda loved Ben’s phrase, “architecting the novel”, so I’m going with it. My weekly goal is a completed FIRST drafting of a scene. Which comes after Zero!Draft.
But because I’m such visual person, the screenplay format really helps to get all the visuals flushed out. It creates like a “thumbnail/bare bones” of the scene so I don’t get bogged down with internal monologues which come TOO easy to me. I know what the characters are thinking. What their motivations are. Those aren’t my weak areas. Dialogue, though, is always going to be a weakness. But, by forcing myself to focus on it, I feel this can only help me to get sharper. At least I hope so…
We’ll just have to see how this little experiment goes.
Words for today: 299
Words in total: 565
Scenes: 1 Zero!Draft
On the ‘StarS’ front: Nada
Check out other ROW80 participants’ progress here.