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Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2005, 01:51 pm

Okay, let's try this again. We're going to start over. Kind of. Don't toss all the stuff you have. You're still going to use it. But we're taking a different approach.

I have to get some work prepped for my ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship Program Application. You guys should check it out, too, if you have any serious interest in professionally writing for the screen. There's no application fee, but you will have to register your work with the WGA, which costs $20 and you can do it over the 'net.

Even if you don't want to apply, the approach I'm taking is from Viki King's "How to Write a Movie in 21 Days." I'll be posting each daily step here. Before you freak out and say "21 DAYS!!132!! That means I'll have to write, like, eight hours a day!" Nope. This method applies techniques that have you writing as little as eight minutes a day and no more than three hours a day. Also, that doesn't have to be three consecutive hours. You can break it up into chunks throughout the day.

Mostly, to really reap the benefits of the "Inner Movie Method" (as Ms. King calls it) you have to be willing to do one thing: Get out of your head. Stop worrying about what you can't get done and focus on what you CAN DO.

I am a super procrastinator. Even taking the time to write this post is something I'm doing to avoid starting on this myself. So, let's get to it.

- Take 8 minutes to jot down everything you know about your story. If it's a major plot point or detailed scene, write it on a 3x5 card, using as few words as possible. Try solid nouns instead of abundant adjectives (ie. "mansion" vs. "really big expensive house").

- Write a "get aquainted" scene between yourself and your character. Length is up to you, just make sure that you get in touch with them over the course of the scene.

- Remember those loglines? What was yours, again?

After that short preparatory segment, we're right were we left off: Act One, Page One.

This approach will bypass the standard concept of outlining, so all of you (er, us) who were unsure how to start outlining have no excuse not to get rolling on this.

Day One starts tomorrow. For me, anyway. If you're stressed out about time or finals or work, don't feel like you have to start this with me. But, once you do start, you should do each day, consecutively. And even if you're not participating, if I don't post a Day's info, feel free to pester me until I do. It's only fair. :)