However, my screenwriting has been virtually non-existent for the past few months (though I've still done my share of other writing), and I feel that now is an opportune time to post some goals up here, to help me transition back into it. I've begun to get a few other areas of my life in order, and now seems like time to re-kickstart the scripts. These are not immediate term (and probably won't even get started for another week-and-a-half to two weeks anyway), and are also not my long-term career goals. Not even my goals for the year. They're medium-term goals, for the next few months.
One important general goal for me is to get back to writing on a schedule. I don't think that I'm going to return to the 5 AM wake-up-and-work schedule that I maintained for a little while. But at the same time, I need a more regimented writing timetable, in order to avoid prevalent wasting of time.
More specifically, the first draft of Hell on Wheels has been about 15 pages from done for way too long. I'm aiming to get it completed by mid-April, which I think is a fair and completely achievable goal (probably a too small one, in fact), so that I can start gathering feedback on it and think about the changes I want to make (I already have some ideas). I want all that done by the beginning of May, because of the next goal.
In May, I hope to apply for the next round of the Writer's Arc fellowship. Parameters for Round 1 will be announced on May 1st. My hope is that should I get to Round 2, I will have the next draft of HoW done by then (and hopefully also have my D2DVD-type horror script revised as well). Ideally, by then, I'll also be ready to start taking my scripts out and looking for representation. And I can get into planning my next script idea (even if HoW will still need another revision) -- a high concept wedding comedy (my highest concept script, to date), in the vein of My Best Friend's Wedding and Monster-in-Law.
By the way, if any current participants in the Writer's Arc happen to be reading this, I'd love to hear from you.
Okay, so those are my goals for the next 2-3 months. Just putting them out here helps put a drop more pressure on me. Feel free to check in with me periodically to see if I'm sticking to them!
Tags: screenwriting, setting+goals, Writer's+Arc