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To Live For is finished

Just finished To Live For, and it's now live over on My Screenplays. And oof, what a difficult one to write! Every bit of research for that was kind of torturous, but, I think it's the best thing I've written so far.

The Destroyer is almost finished and will be up in a couple days.

Note that neither of these screenplays are getting entered in the Nicholl (this year, at least); for whatever reason, I totally thought the deadline was May 9th, but found on on May 2nd that it was May 1st.

So, it kind of sucks that I didn't get to enter all three screenplays I'd intended to enter into the Nicholl, but it was nice to be able to sit back and not rush the finishing touches.

I plan on entering both The Destroyer and To Live For into Austin, so hopefully that goes well. I'm just glad its deadline is both so close to the Nicholl's, and also a couple weeks behind it. It makes a nice backup.

Depth and motivation

Things are progressing slower than I'd intended without the structure of a schedule, but they are progressing. I've finished drafts of The Destroyer and Messiah that I guess I'll upload now, I'm halfway through the second draft of To Live For, 30 pages into Psicop, and 9 pages into a page 1 rewrite of Shadows. That's what I want to talk about.
I'm having trouble working on both of those screenplays, and I'm not sure why, but when I compare and contrast them and the other three, I can't help but wonder if they're a little shallower than my other work. Not that my other stuff is necessarily "deep," but these two definitely aren't, and I think it's hurting my work ethic where they're concerned.
It's worth remembering I only wrote Shadows at all because I was blowing through it in a week. It was a challenge more than a project. And Psicop I've barely gotten past the first act, if even.
I've been watching a little video s…

Slowing Down

All right, it's finally gotten to be enough. I was getting burnt out, so I'm indefinitely ceasing the screenplay a month thing. I would've continued until I'd finished my first (Shadows), but, I know that with the same pace it would've ended up rather unfinished anyway, so.

I realized I've written four screenplays so far out here, and I'm in the middle of a fifth, when I came out to LA having only three. Four and a half screenplays is plenty for me to work on for now. I've gotten some quantity done, time to do some quality.

My basic plans for the screenplays are as follows:

SHADOWS: Page one rewrite. I like the basic ideas behind it, which is why I'm going to keep working on it, but it has so many structural issues it's just going to be easier to start over. MESSIAH: Currently has three timelines, and I'm cutting out one of them. That's going to require strengthening and lengthening the other two. A relatively heavy third draft, so there&…

This Month's Screenplay

This month, I decided I wanted to do some sci-fi, so I'm going to be writing some variation of my first ten-page treatment, Psycop. I don't imagine the final product is going to match that treatment very well, but a lot of the elements and characters are going to be there. We'll see what happens.

To Live For is finished

That was definitely one of the worst research experiences of my life. Like, it's one thing to search for "Ways to kill yourself," it's another thing to have to trawl around suicide forums (which is a thing that exists) reading people talking about their attempts and what they're gonna try and why they're doing it and whatever. It's messed up.

But the first draft is done, and God willing, I won't have to do any more research like that for the edits. We'll see what happens.

I also finished the second draft of Messiah, and it went far better than the second draft of Shadows. I was a lot more structured about how I did it this time, and it helped a lot. I made a big checklist... and you know what? I'll just paste it here.