20 September 2009

A most productive day indeed

Today has been fantastic.

As detailed here way back in April, I'm currently working on a script-rewrite.

Mortal Remains (as it is still currently called, but I fully expect I will cheekily change the title very soon) has been on my radar for quite some time. Of course, by 'on my radar' what I really mean is I've thought about it, made a few notes, but spectacularly failed to do very much in the way of writing.

Unfortunately, with writing, the mood needs to take me. Sometimes it can seem like such a major journey, such an insurmountable object, that I'm hesitant to begin it.

Thus, over the course of the last 6 months I've managed to write about ten pages and bugger all else. I have, rather obviously, not communicated this failure to Mike - the author of the screenplay - and instead given him vague reassurances that work is progressing at a steady rate. Indeed, that's not really a lie if you consider, as I do, that consistently doing nothing is an accurate definition of 'a steady rate'.

In reality, I haven't actually been doing nothing, I've been mulling it all over. The whole thing has been slowly churning in my mind, forming, disintegrating, reforming, and generally melding together in a clever, writery, thinky way. At least that's what I'm convincing myself has happened.

Today, finally, something clicked in my mind and said to me "OK, you can start now".

Thus, I find myself having written 40 pages over the course of the day. Some of it, without doubt, is utter tripe and I shall callously delete it whilst shaking my head and chortling at my own ineptitude. But a lot of it is very good indeed.

While I'm undoubtedly pleased that it's all coming together at long last, the main reason I'm brimming with childish glee is because I've had a bloody fantastic time today. I rather lost my writing mojo for a while, so it was great to be artistically tumescent once more.

Oh, and I know that Mike semi-regularly checks this blog for news of progress on his script, so I thought it'd be a nice idea to give him something to read for a change.

More bloggery coming soon, once I've thought about it and made a lot of notes...

1 comment:

Piley said...

Great stuff Dan... glad to hear your muse is back on-line, after its little vacation!

40 pages in a day??! Wow!! That's impressive (or was it in crayon and using 'finger gaps'???)

Top work Fella!