I spend almost as much time writing as I doing reading or watching things. In fact sometimes I am watching something as I write. I watched FOUR episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine as I wrote the spec script I posted last week. If you haven’t read it please check out last Friday’s post.
Since this is a three day weekend for most people, I wanted to write about time. Time is the one thing we can never save, avoid, or replace. No matter what we do time is always counting down. I am a huge time tracker. I make sure I am everywhere on time, that I give myself a buffer for time, and that I have something to always fill my time. Writing is the biggest way I spend my time (besides with my family). My projects take time and that is a Catch-22. I can spend so much time getting to the small details of a project that the project never takes off.
So, I came up with a solution. I write an outline for every project I want to take on. If it’s a film I outline all three acts and break down by page (as outlined in Save The Cat). If it’s a TV script I figure out how many acts are in the show and break them down by page (i.e. The Flash has six acts, Brooklyn Nine-Nine only has four). For comics I write a rough outline of the story and then how many pages I need to see each sentence (A monthly comic issue has 22 pages, and should have 5-7 panels per page).
The point of all of this is that you have to use your time wisely. I found that an outline saves a lot of time, and problems when it comes to writing. If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will reply.
James D Creviston