2018 so far: Productivity Up. Quality…

I started this blog with all the best intentions. I thought that if I had a place to talk/write about writing then that might inspire me to write more. Turns out, actually writing inspires me to write more, yet here I am with another sporadic blog post.

At the turn of the year, I decided that I wanted to write more and that I would force myself to be more productive with my writing in 2018: I wanted to enter more competitions and in doing so, would be forced to write things outside of my comfort zone which is important for anybody who wants to be creative. Break out of your safe zone. So this year I have put forward entries in flash fiction, poetry and short story competitions. The feedback I have had from those entries has been more useful than you could ever imagine. What’s more, when I’ve read said feedback, I have found myself wondering why I didn’t spot those “improvement needed” areas before sending them off in the first place.

Anyway, whilst working on smaller projects in the background (a short horror story for another competition), I am also writing my first feature length screenplay since leaving university in 2013. Maybe it’s not my first since then actually, but I intend to make it the first I have finished. And it may be down to the passion that I have for it.

I love superheroes and everything the stories about them teach us and tell us about society. The script I am working on at the moment (potentially titled Rust) centres on a man with a unique gift – a superpower if you like – but rather than being a galaxy-exploring, shield-wielding billionaire playboy with big explosions and super-suits, I’m attempting to make a more grounded and a more personal story. That being said, I am having some trouble injecting the level of emotion I’m after, but that can be amended in a later draft. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.

For Christmas I received Write a Script in 10 Weeks by Tim Clague and Danny Stack which has come in super handy. It’s helped me to break down a daunting 90-100 page screenplay idea into manageable chunks week by week and it has influenced me in making a definite writing timeline that I can stick to easily, no matter what is going on around me. And my writing is all the better for it.

I’m about halfway through those 10 weeks now and I have 47 pages of my first draft written and am reasonably happy with the direction in which the story is heading which is a real positive for me. I’ll keep on writing short stories on the side, but I’m looking forward to completing Rust within the next five weeks too.

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