I had a busy writing weekend. I’m at the point in my new screenplay where I have no idea what’s going to happen next. As I’ve mentioned, I refuse to outline my scripts, and prefer to make it up as I go along.
The first act, which is the screenplay’s first 30 pages, came out pretty quickly because I had been mentally writing the script for a few months. That’s another important part of my process. I let it bounce around in my head for a while, slowly adding more details and plot points, and then I see how I feel about it. If I’m still excited about the idea, I finally give myself the green light to sit down and put words on the page.
Now comes the exciting part of the screenplay. I don’t know where the story is going, so I simply wait for inspiration to hit and then sit down and type. I’m not one of those writers who sets aside a certain time for writing each day. That would lead to writer’s block and too much time wasted staring at the blank screen of my laptop because I had nothing cooking in the brain kitchen to put on the page.
With my Modern Philosopher Method (patent pending), I simply go about my day and wait for my brain to notify me that the next scene is about to play in my mind. I’ll go for a run to further hash out the scene if necessary, or I’ll just grab the laptop and and start typing.
Something fun is going on with the blog right now. My infamous Survivor: Maine post, which I wrote in January of last year, and was the first of my posts to go viral, is suddenly making another run around Facebook. I noticed yesterday afternoon that hits were registering on the posts while my Facebook hits were also increasing.
As of this morning, it has had over 350 new views. Here’s the link in case you’ve never read it: Survivor: Maine. Isn’t it a blast to watch a post become popular? When I first wrote the post, I’d only been doing the blog for about two months. It got a normal amount of hits like any other, but then one night, I noticed that the number of views was much higher every time I checked the blog. I had no idea what was going on, and my first reaction was that something was wrong.
By the time the post had 16,000 hits on Valentine’s Day, I understood what it meant for a post to go viral. I usually get a nice bump in views whenever Survivor has its Season Premiere and Season Finale, but I’m not sure why it’s making the rounds again now.
Who cares, right? Moments like this make blogging such a rush.
Hope you enjoy your Monday. Hang in there, only 17 more hours to survive. There’s an idea…Survivor: Monday. A whole season of Survivor set only on Mondays. Let me write up the idea and pitch it to the producers…