Over the years I’ve read and been told of the importance of seeing one’s goals – motivation. Last night in my dream, I inadvertently “saw” one of mine – I was negotiating the sale of my screenplays with Jerry Bruckheimer! Not the optioning, but the actual sale of them – because their productions were to begin shortly. It was so real…and right. I was in my element. It was AMAZING!!
Now that is what I call motivation. I can’t wait to write a post about how I actually did negotiate with and sell my screenplays to him – that’s going to be one AWESOME day!!! Now I just need to finish my screenplays…… 🙂
I would equate outlining with taking bad-tasting medicine: it’s a pain in the beginning, but in the end you’re better off with it.
I would describe my attitude toward outlining as a whiny kid asking, “Mom, do I have to take this bleeeeeeh medicine? Do I have to?”
Then I tell myself, “No, you don’t have to outline, but your story won’t go anywhere.”
End of discussion.
I came across an article from Scribe Meets World and my attitude toward outlining is greatly improved as I can see my story much more clearly and don’t find the task of completing a screenplay so daunting.
When hit with important ideas at 1 am, I’m in a bit of a quandary: If I get up and write them down, I lose sleep. If I don’t want to get up and write them down, I’ll tell myself I’ll remember them, then in the morning, I end up kicking myself for not remembering.
So last night I was plagued by this very quandary: I had a tiny idea for this drama I’ve put on the back burner and got out of bed at 1 am. It was, at first a tiny idea. I ended up spending an hour sitting on the bathroom floor, typing away in the dark. (Where did the time go?!)
After being satisfied with the progress of this particular drama, I was glad to crawl back into bed and get some sleep. Or so I thought. A sequence played out so clearly in my mind I knew had to write it out – everything – the setting, dialogue, characters, it was perfect – one of those pivotal scenes every movie has that this screenplay was missing. I decided to forego the laptop and instead wrote out my ideas in a notebook. My mind seemed to (thankfully!) leave me alone afterwards and I went back to sleep.
(Btw, I had to get up at 6:41 am. )
Years ago I learned the hard way of losing priceless ideas just because I was too lazy to write them down. So one of my personal rules for writing is:
When inspiration strikes, write!
I know within myself losing sleep and whatever else (within reason) over doing something I love is completely worth it in the end when I see my name up on the silver screen, and ultimately next to “Academy Award Winner” 🙂
One of the things that keeps me motivated is seeing myself as that success I wish to be – that screenwriter who writes those mega box office blockbusters. And as I see that, I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Syd Field:
“A lot of people contribute to the making of a movie, but the writer is the only person who sits down and faces the blank sheet of paper.”
Yesterday, as I was trying to make more progress on Action Screenplay #1, I felt a little frusterated I couldn’t further my story. Like maybe feeling a bit burn out by it – as I research, there’s so many ways I could take the story and so many ramifications that go with each one. So, I took a break, read a couple of scripts online from www.imsdb.com, and was inspired to start putting Action Screenplay #2 in Final Draft. It was SO COOL seeing just the first few pages in REAL script format!!! I know like I know like I know that this is going to be one AWESOME movie!!!
I also began outlining my book with Dramatica – but man alive do I have a long way to go!
I find research to be one of the most fun parts of my creative process. I learn so much and it’s what makes my story a screenplay.
But at first, I feel a little bit…..torn. That tiny voice in the back of my mind causes a slight internal cringe. I mean, I’m a good girl. What in the world is a good girl doing researching illegal crimes and their inner workings?! (I have to admit, though, I find the psychology/ mindset and motivation of criminals’ activities fascinating. It definitely broadens my perspective.)
In the end, I know I’m doing nothing wrong, and any misgivings I may posses immediately vanish at the thought of my excitement and joy of seeing my ideas come to visual life. 😀