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Today marks the beginning of another NaNoWriMo month and what a good time to remind ourselves our own methods and techniques to get into that writing spirit. For me, here are some steps that I had followed in the past to finish a screenplay.

Since writing is an on-going process, here are some things I learned for myself during the process of writing that could help speed things up. I highly recommend keeping a writing journal of the process so you can also map out how things are going and when things are working well and when things are not. This could help speed up the next story in the future.

This could help speed up the next story in the future.

It’s nothing really groundbreaking but it’s vital to get some form of a road map of where you are heading.

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This is like a continuation of my post about my experience using Scrivener. One of my current projects in that experimentation of the software, is working on a novel manuscript. This project is massive in scope. I developed it originally as a small neo-noir/science fiction thriller then tried expanding it into a continuing series. The problem now is that I am undecided whether to aim it at becoming a mini-series, TV series, graphic novel, a multi-part feature film series or condensing it into a standalone feature.

Regardless of my decision, I have been writing segments of prose in trying to get a feel for the tone of the story. Part of my decision to experiment in writing a script this way came from what I read about Quentin Tarantino and his writing process. The only difference is that I will continue to work with a computer rather than writing it out by hand (Sorry, QT!).

“My pen is my antenna to God. You can’t write poetry with a computer.” – Quentin Tarantino

“:(” – me

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[NOTE: This is no means a comprehensive “review” on any of these programs. This is merely an observation and how I feel from using these programs.]

Since the start of the new year, I have been trying my best at keeping up with daily writing. Lately, I have been trying out the trial version of Scrivener for Windows. It’s quite nice. When you really use the binder and folders to organize your stuff, it really shines. I also like the split screen for editing and looking on reference for writing. Scrivener was designed for novelists in mind, but there is a screenplay format now.

“Just the two of us, we can make it if we try!”

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The past weekend has been one of deep thinking. I’ve been pondering stuff like, “What am I to do after April?” or “The thing I’m doing, is it putting me in a standstill?” or even, “I NEED TO EXPRESS!”


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