I have been trying to write a feature film script since April. 5 months have now passed and I have made a little progress.
I tried to set myself goals, write 3 pages a day etc, but a less formal approach to writing is working best. Write when I like and whatever scene or scenario I like, no order is necessary, no rules for myself. I’ve found myself writing most days and slowly my characters emerged and a story has fallen together.
I now have most of my story together and I am writing one script page a day to get it down. I’ll have a 1st draft by New Year. Not setting myself any goals, or aims, Just write gives me no pressure, and I am enjoying the process more now.
My story is simple – two characters, two house locations, – no murder, no guns, no blood, – just simple. It could be shot for nothing if it had to. That is the plan. Even if the concept is simple, there are still a lot of layers within the story, a lot is going on, and I might actually have a difficult story to write on my hands. But I always expected my first script to be the most difficult to get finished.
I am not ready yet to give a ‘save the cat’ short log line for the film. Partly since the story is adapting every week. But by Christmas I’m sure I will have revealed more.