Friday, June 22, 2012

By the Book - Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept

I've decided to try something new and fun for my next script I'm writing. The script I'm currently outlining got derailed by the crowdsourcing campaign for my short script, No One Knows. (blatant plug-->, so I decided to start over.

Then last night I had a "light bulb" moment. What if I followed the teachings of one of the screenwriting books I own, to the letter? 

So here's the mission:
Start a new screenwriting project, TV sitcom, TV drama, Feature...

Pick one of your favorite (or any for that fact) screenwriting books...

Now starting at Chapter 1, follow every exercise, suggestion, workbook, the book offers...

For this script you'll be writing...

Check back here each Friday, to chat about your progress. (or not, it's not imperative)

You don't have to reveal which book you're using (I'm not going to) until the end. Or not at all, if you don't want.

The idea is to take all of the information in the book (and only that information), and see just how good of a script you can write, just from that advice. No mixing and matching books, and it must only be for the one script.

Are you up to the mission?

When I'm done, I'm going to do a quick rewrite, then I'm going to give my script to a trusted reader, and see if the advice was worth the paper (real or electronic) that it was typed on.

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