I'm more than 30 pages into Script Frenzy, which puts me on goal. (I even hit 25 pages before the weekend, which means I gave myself a little retail therapy prize as a reward.) I find I write best when I sit down and do it in bulk. That means instead of working on the script every day, I carve out a few hours at a time and throw down five to eight pages. I don't know if that's the right way, but it works for me.
And while that is going well, I also have a book running through my head. That makes sense, because even though I'm doing it out of order, the book is the basis for the aforementioned web series. Ideally, I would have written the book first, but I wanted to participate in Script Frenzy, so they're happening concurrently. It may be wrong to adapt a book before it's done, but I'm doing it. I spent the weekend flushing out the character sketches I did for the webisodes -- it's a book so it needs more detail. I plotted out my Ten Scenes and outlined the book chapter by chapter.
With that done, I managed to write about 1,000 words of the opener last night. I know it's not much in the grand scheme, because this book will likely finish at about 80,000 words. But it is certainly a start.
Even though my tackling at two projects might make my life more complicated, instead I find it enjoyable and motivating. Each project inspires me to work on the other. I am also having fun with it, because scenes that I imagined, but don't necessarily fit in the book, now have a life in the web series and vice versa. Some scenes must happen in both to push along the plot, but there are different ways of showing them in print and on screen. It's great fun to see through.
Another motivator for me? The fact that I have another story I want to write so badly, I must finish this one before beginning it. I have a long list of ideas, but this other one is already developing so well in my story from beginning to end, I am excited. Maybe this will be a good Camp NaNoWriMo project come June (as long as I finish this current project first).
I'm also pleased to report that I finished the initial edits on my recently completed novel last week. I have it out with a few friends for critique, and I look forward to their feedback.
So, in general, good news to report on my front. I'll be back with another update next week to let you know if the projects are still working for me.
Best wishes to all of you on your writing projects.
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