What I’m Reading & Watching
I’m still going back and forth between Y: The Last Man and A Little History of the World. I haven’t had much time to read lately, though.
Also, I’m adding the “watching” component to this because I feel what I’m consuming via television and film is just as important to my writing – especially as a screenwriter. I just caught up on The Americans, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite shows, and I’m really happy that Scandal is back on. Although I haven’t been the best about watching movies lately, I just got a ton of new ones (Blue Jasmine, 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, Cronos, & Fantastic Mr. Fox) that I’m really excited to watch in the next couple of weeks. Also, one of my favorite movies of the last year, Short Term 12, is currently a 99 cents rental on iTunes. Go see it!
What I’m Writing
In class this week we did a really interesting exercise: we pitched a scene from our script to a partner and had them write it, and they did the same. It was fascinating to have someone with a totally different point of view and writing style take on my characters! We came to a consensus about my ending which was really helpful. I also got another set of notes for script #1 that were really interesting and provided a lot of things I hadn’t thought about. Though I’m not ready to rewrite quite yet, I’m getting there. I know what questions need to be answered before I go back in, and they’re in the back of my mind as I work on other projects. Speaking of, I did a basic outline for script #2 and am now working on a detailed outline and picking out final character names before I start writing! So exciting. I’m really happy to be working on a new project – it’s about damn time! Also, as I’ve been outlining, I’ve discovered that I seem to prefer to write non-linear timelines, which really makes things more difficult for myself – especially when working in a medium such as screenwriting. Lovely. I’ve also been doing a lot of journaling, which has been really therapeutic.
Additionally, I’m in the process of picking out what my next UCLA Extension Writer’s Program class will be – and I’m super excited because it’ll be about my one true love, television!! ♥
What Inspires Me Right Now
The lovely people I’m lucky enough to call family and friends. Also, have you heard the Game of Thrones mixtape?!
What Else I’ve Been Up To
Not too much. Last night I had the pleasure of discovering that my lovely hard drive hadn’t saved any of my pictures from the last 5-10 years and it was pretty devastating, especially when searching for photos of someone for their memorial service. Thanks, technology. Overall, it’s been a rough week – I’m hoping next week is better.
Writing Quote Of The Week
Yet another new component to this weekly post of mine! This one applies to writing, rewriting, and life as of late.
From Thomas Fuller:
All things are difficult before they are easy.
That’s all, folks! Have a good weekend.