I admit I was a bit too casual and so I'm behind. I wasn't happy with my beat sheet until Sunday and so didn’t start writing until Monday.
I was dithering because although I like my story, I didn't have a name for the main character I was happy with (it's particularly important in this story) and I was unsure my second act was interesting enough. Legitimate things to think about, certainly. Pointless pathetic procrastination, most definitely.
Once I started typing and my character spoke, a better name came to me, as if by magic. Yes, those fifty or so pages you have to fill in the middle is certainly not easy but it's a lot easier if the characters are real and their story is sound enough. Anyway, should it come in under time, and drag more than a female impersonator on 60 ciggies a day, then that's what re-writes are for. It’s way too early to worry about things like that.
You're not supposed to look back and revise and I haven’t but there's one particular gag, I just couldn’t help going back from time to time to tweak and try and make funnier.
I also started without doing full biographies of the characters just knowing their function in the story, what makes them tick psychologically and having something fresh about them. My hero's window/reflective character has gone from being his probation officer in the beat sheet to his married sister with a kid in the script. That last version actually fits the story so much better on so many levels but was a decision I made while writing.
I’ve got my cute-meet scene coming up and I can’t wait. It’s a good sign if the comic idea in the beat makes you laugh rather than needing to desperately wring laughs from it. I know you’re not supposed to laugh at your own jokes and you should be modest about your talents but it’s flipping hilarious and I’m a blooming genius. And I’ll believe that until the day I die. Or until several script readers tell me otherwise. Whichever comes first.
OK, I don't want to get too cocky, I've only done 7 pages and I'm two days behind and the World Cup starts on Friday but, like Sven, I'm quietly confident my preparation will result in triumph.
14 Day Screenplay Advice:Joel Haber