On the trip, I was able to start on my 2011 goal which is to write every day this year.
Since this goal directly affects all other writing-related and career goals, I’m using the Streaks iPhone app to motivate and keep me on track. So far, the little badge icon shows “8” days in a row. On to “365!”
Along with lots of sun, too much food, and giving my semi-fluent Spanish a good workout, I got some quality writing done thanks to a few handy-dandy iPhone apps.
I use Screenplay for the iPhone since it has the ability to export a .fdx file which can be imported directly into Final Draft. While it’s relatively easy to use, the only complaint I really have is the inability to easily move around elements within a scene.
Referencing the multi-column beat sheet for Before Dessert, writing scenes felt like weaving a tapestry. I can already see how much of the story is yet to be uncovered during the rewriting process. As usual, I need to remind myself that hammering out a full first draft instead of rewriting scenes as I go is a must. It’s too easy to get lost in tweaking scenes only to find out — yet again — that much of that work gets deleted or changed in future drafts.
Must. Uncover. The. Story.
After working out some bite-size story beats while sitting in the sun, I wrote a couple TV commercials for one of my clients on the flight home. Hopefully they will be approved and shot so I can share them and the beats here.
One of the scripts is for a high-profile sports figure here in Chicago that actually had my wife laughing out loud on the plane. That’s a good sign since she typically doesn’t think I’m as funny as I do. ;)
¡Feliz Año Nuevo a Todos!