Now Why Don't He Write?
Sorry that I've been so quiet around here lately. The past few days I've been drowning under work for my screenplay class.
The assignment was a film treatment-- the movie written down like a story--for the screenplay I will be writing, but I found the assignment a difficult one without knowing exactly where the film was going, beat by beat, in my head.
So I reversed the natural order of things and drafted a step outline first--a roadmap detailing the progression of every scene. From there I condensed it into the treatment.
I worked for three days straight, from early in the morning to after midnight each night. I knew I was in "the Zone" much of that time. It's a good feeling. It's been a while.
While this was a lot more work than was required of me at this point of the class, I have a sneaking suspicion that a Step Outline may be in my future anyway. If not, I've just made my writing life a lot easier, regardless.
Thank goodness this is a screenplay I've been preparing to write since the Spring, and had notes, research, a rough outline and the advice of a collaborator to guide me. Otherwise three days would have probably been more like three weeks.