I may have started a new screenplay this week. Not totally sure. I’m doing an outline for one. I do know that. So, we’re moving forward in the outline department, which is generally a precursor to writing a script. I HATE writing outlines and find them only agonizing. I spend a long time getting them right, and then I go off and write. I like writing screenplay pages, I’ll have you know. I just hate the planning.
Sort of like sex. All the taking them to dinner and meeting their parents and all the groundwork that seems to have to happen before you get down to the real nitty gritty… but I digress.
So, I was sitting there yesterday, with a half assed outline of more or less a lot of the movie… mostly 1/4 assed outline of not enough of the movie… and I am going in and refining my opening sequence, trying to get it right, and then what do you think happened?
I opened up Final Draft and wrote page 1. With only a ghost of an idea of what was going to happen on page one, but I did have a ghost of an idea. Better to have a plan, however wispy, than no plan at all. And my page 1 was fun to write, since I had a decently vague idea of where it was heading, but only vague.
Then back to the outline. More work. More thoughts flowing. And then I wrote some more actual pages. By the end of the work session, I had five pages of script, more or less by accident.
What makes me hope I’m on to something is that it was FUN. Way more fun than outlining and way less scary than writing FADE IN: and just making stuff up. I’ve done that, but ask Mr. Wallenda what it’s like working without a net…
So, on to more outlining and writing at the same time. I have no idea if this is going to work, only one day in, but fingers are crossed. Mind you, I do have a general idea of the whole story, and as I work on the outline, my new plan is to write a page here and there to see how it goes. We’ll see how long it takes me to crash and burn!!