How many of us have had a really great idea? The idea came to mind and was so good, we pull out a pocket book, a sheet of people or was even so inspired that we grabbed whatever we could write on, jotted down the main thrust, synopsis and when we had done that we felt proud of ourselves.
But what happened next? Did we begin researching, mapping out our idea further? Did we even begin to develop the idea beyond the initial thought stages?
This is why many a good idea – Even if it is a terrible idea – Never gets beyond the initial thought stages. We have no idea whether our idea will garner an clutch of awards who will gobble out like a turkey. We have no way of knowing until we at least develop our idea further – Better still complete it.
My thrust here is mainly about writing projects. I am no different from any other writer who wants to be successful but yet, lacks the discipline to see things through. I have found a way around this by developing a project that will make me complete my writing projects but that will be revealed in a future blog entry.
Steve Flynn, another Writer who follows me on Twitter, has the right idea with his blog article on the subject. I agree with him fully on this but rather than reiterate what he says, I will let you read it.
FINISH WRITING THE SCRIPT, EVEN IF IT’S ‘TERRIBLE’
I start this week off with a controversial (but sincere) suggestion. If you start writing a script, you must finish it, even if you know its terrible. Time allows for re-drafting, and its not a crime to have written a bad first or even second draft . And, if you love watching movies its no secret that some of those ‘bad’ versions can make it all the way to cinema (even if the version before it was brilliant).
The simple fact is whether you consider your script good or bad, completing one is an achievement. A massive achievement. It takes discipline, focus and creative bravery to surge ahead, even when you know you are writing a turkey of an idea (for money or love). But, completing a script helps train us to finish things, even when they are not perfect or to our own standard. We have to learn to get out from blocking ourselves, tackle procrastination, and hit creative insecurity on the head. This all usually comes from trying too hard to write brilliant words all the time, everytime. Throw this pressure out, and just focus on writing the volume needed to finish, even if the last few pages are cliche, ill-constructed or just plain weird.
Gems of characters, ideas, and scenarios can come out of such sessions, and sometimes they do not. But isn’t it much better to come back a few days later to a ‘bad’ script you wrote fully and try and fix it than to pick up and re-write the same first 10 pages to perfection?
Writing for the film industry means writing to deadlines, pleasing key stakeholders as well as building your own career, and all because of those 90 or so pages. So finish your last script idea. Literally, tape yourself to your desk and pound out those pages with abandon not worrying if it works, or if your friend will like it or even if you will. By finishing you will have proven you can do it, and that builds confidence that it is possible to write well, write fast, and finish.
Courtesy of Steve Glynn (www.steveflynn.com)
Steve’s article, focusses on writing for the Film Industry, mine is about writing generally but both could be applied to any project you wish to create. I have the above worked for me when I was setting up the project I mentioned above. I wanted it to succeed so did something each day and now it nearing completion and will be launched soon. So take heart you are not alone when it comes to getting ideas off the ground and into development.