The first draft of my script is now complete! Though I’m quite tired, I feel really good and happy with the results. In fact, due to a couple of factors, I actually finished ahead of schedule. First, I spent a lot of time developing my characters and outlining the script prior to writing and, second, I forbid myself from editing as I wrote.
Knowing the characters well and having a solid outline prevented confusion as I wrote. I knew who I was writing about and what they were doing. My outline was a map, so to speak, thus, I faced no dead ends. Rather than ending up lost and brainstorming a way out, I merely entered the scene and wrote what I saw and heard.
And forbidding myself from stopping to edit was absolutely freeing. I kept my eyes on the road and put the pedal to the metal! I avoided the temptation to continually stop and reword a sentence or a bit of dialogue. And I didn’t care if I kept using the same adjectives or adverbs. I simply wrote, going with the flow, without exiting the scene to mull things over.
Thus, instead of writing like a poet, I basically was a transcriber of what I saw and heard. This pleasingly led to many surprises not included in the outline!
And the most exciting part is yet to come. They say writing is rewriting and I absolutely love it. I’m detail-oriented by nature, so I really enjoy reassessing sentences, words and phrases and even entire scenes. I will post updates as I rewrite.
Here’s a sneak peek from my first draft: