Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Balancing Acts

This week, I've been working hard on the new feature, MAZE. It's always a tough balancing act between the planning and the actual writing - you want to make sure you have a solid outline with a good idea of your characters and any plot holes long since figured out, but at the same time you can't spend too long planning because you risk second-guessing yourself and losing the spontaneity, the magic.

I don't know about anyone else's process, but it's always slow going for me for the first 10 or 15 pages. Halfway through a script, I average about 10 pages a day - but those early scenes often take three or four days to perfect. This week's been especially tough as I was dealing with some bad news on Monday (regarding a different project) that threw me completely off my game. (The good news is it was a lot of worry over nothing, and the project is still going strong.) Tuesday saw me back on track, but I have a job lined up this afternoon that's taken quite a bit of unexpected planning and, yet again, I haven't put in as much time as I'd like on the script.

The flip side, however, is that pressure to work can often be a project killer in and of itself. A writer should always write - but forcing it can, again, kill the magic. It's another balancing act to consider.

Some days, it makes me feel more like a circus juggler than a writer. I guess it just goes with the territory.