Friday, October 2, 2009

October Outlines - Writing

As of October 2009, I will declare this month Outline Month. this is the month when I will outline the screenplays and novels that have been bobbing around in my head for months, and years. I skip days because I've been so obsessed with a few stories over the last few years that I don't want to think up new ideas.
And about those ideas. I think a true writer would never ask, "Where do you get your ideas?" because, as a writer, I have more ideas than I'll ever have time to write in this lifetime.
I also don't empathize with the phrase, "But I just don't have time to write." I work, on average, 13-16 hours a day, at least 6 days a week. I try to take a half day off at least once a week, but many times it doesn't happen. And guess what? I've written 2 novels, and 2 screenplays. These aren't polished works of art, but they are written. Getting the words on paper is the hardest part. Editing is hard labor too, but the relief of having the 80,000 words or 120 script pages makes editing seems like play time. And in a way, it is. It's time to rehash, kill your darlings, and shred your work before the agents, editors, and reviewers do. Not that I'd know any of this, because the editors I had while writing articles were pretty darned cool.
So after work is done, probably around 10pm, I'll break out my index cards, and pen and board, and finish outlining my screenplay. Next I'm hashing out a thriller novel I've been dying to write.
Happy Friday.

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