Day 37: How to make a squirmy writing sprint a little more bearable

What I was doing was… Drafting an application to the Film Hub South East BFI Network Short Film Development Programme (cheers for the heads up @sophia_papaya) for developing a short film version of the feature film idea I am working on. Wrote a vomit draft which I’ll tidy up later (writing a biography and saying why I want to make something? Well that’s squirmy). It helped to make this task

Day 26: How to guide your writing towards possibilities… and know if you’re on the right track

What I was doing was… Zeroing in on what my screenplay protagonist most wants and having a go at defining their character arc. Ended up with something that doesn’t neatly chime with the theme I landed on earlier, but wrote a whole bunch of stuff about the possible rules and tone of the world with reference to other films (Labyrinth meets Andrea Arnold anyone?) It helped to follow my thoughts

Day 25: How to use mindset to help get through feeling like you’re getting nowhere fast

What I was doing was… A month and a day into imagining the world of my screenplay story, I did another little 15 minute chunk before going to do the work that pays the bills. In my inky scribble I explored 8 questions about my main character in a stream of consciousness style. It helped to accept that this is just another day of showing up, doing some stuff and

Day 24: How to use ‘the most’ to explode the world of your story

What I was doing was… More exploring of the world of my screenplay this rainy morning, in particular the essential qualities of the world my characters might live in. I wrote a bunch of interesting ‘what if’ ideas about rules that could effect the way characters act or experience reality. I exploded the qualities I described yesterday by asking myself one simple question: what is the most version of this?