I’ve got two months until we open.
Working backwards from mid-June, I’ll have three weeks of rehearsal, leaving me with five weeks to write a script. But I don’t have five weeks to write a script.
Did I neglect to mention that there’re two readings in the schedule? Part of the fixed-and-unmoveable-deadline package. The first reading is two weekends from today.
I have no actors. I have no director.
My wonderfully supportive Producer has pointed out that without a script, I can’t attract actors. A script also tends to have things like the number of characters, a description of where those characters are, what they’re wearing, and what
utensils instruments/tools they are handling.
I flash on Writing fast is really about writing smart which means that for the first five days of my ten day writing schedule, I do a Game of Thrones season one marathon, knock a few outstanding DVDs off my to-watch list, and circle and circle and circle the idea of a script.
With five days remaining, I decided to –
1. rework something I had lying around; and
2. eschew my current timekeeping programme –
Today I spent four hours working on my pilot!
(without looking up from “You & Your Horse” magazine)
— for something more goal oriented like a page count.
I’m six pages in and I’ve got four days to go.