It’s been a while, and it definitely wasn’t part of the plan. I love everything about Sunday Script Club but I just couldn’t give it the time it needed whilst working on this screenplay that I’ve been battling, and I don’t use that term lightly. It has felt like a battle against every single inch of myself and every single thought I’ve had, has had about twenty counter arguments.
This screenplay has taken three years from initial idea to a somewhat final draft. Is there such thing as a final draft? No, but for your own sanity and well being yes. So I’m going to put it out there and say that for now, I’m leaving this screenplay in my ‘complete’ pile and I NEVER thought I’d get to this point. I’m not sure how it’s happened, I’m not sure what flicked in my brain but it went from ‘this is never going to work’ to ‘you need to make this work if it’s the last bloody thing you do’.
This quote from Jordan Peele sums it all up, so apt:
“I stopped writing Get Out about 20 times because I thought it was impossible. I thought it wouldn’t work. But I kept coming back because I knew if I made it, people would see it.”
There are some bits and pieces that I would still like to work on, but I’m going to just let it sit for a couple of weeks, and feel this weight ever-so-slightly lift off my shoulders. In the meantime, the plan is to catch up with all things Sunday Script Club, get some illustrated pages done and enjoy reading screenplays again, perhaps get inspired for my next writing project which I’m so excited to start.
I don’t have a huge host of ideas, and the couple that I have are sketchy, and I’m not sure if they’ll even work but either way, I’m pumped to start a new project and no way in hell am I letting it take me three years. That’s the longest time I’ve spent on any screenwriting project, ever. I’m determined that my next project, whatever it is, I’ll finish the first draft by the end of 2020. And that’s a bold statement. A very bold statement. But I’m up for the challenge!
How have you all been? How's 2020 going for you in this bizarre, unfortunate pandemic world?
For now, I'm going to work my way through the past couple of screenplays: The Lobster and Midnight, and will be sharing my thoughts / lessons learnt over on here shortly, and then we’ll resume again as normal perhaps mid-May (hopefully!).
Until then, hope you stay safe. And feel free to DM me on Instagram if you fancy a chat.