Sunday, July 22, 2007

Up a creek with a map and a GPS and still don't know where the hell I am...

I spent the last few weeks filling out beat sheets and outlining my story. Forging ahead with great expectations and the thrill of the hunt I blasted through the first two scenes…

…and effectively dismantled the rest of my outline.

I am not sure if it’s my outline that’s too vague, I am not being strict enough in following the outline, or if this is the way story writing works and I should go with the flow and let it be.

I wish I could describe how the scenes unfold and where the story comes. I sit down, read the outline header and start typing. Most of it is crap, some parts I read and go, wow. Hopefully as the pages mount up I will find myself saying, “wow” a lot more often.

I don’t have a clue and time will tell. For now I am letting the story tell itself and having fun.



steve said...

I know what you mean. I started out with what I thought was a one-pager for an animated short film, and wound up with two pages. And then three.

When I went to flesh it out the next night, I had 3,000 words, and then 4,000 the next night.

By that point it was plain to me I was writing a novel. Talk about being lost? Off the map? ugh.

Good luck with the script. Keep writing!