I like to keep track of the time I spend writing. I just use the calendar app on my macbook.
Here’s all the time I spent to write my Parks and Rec spec in 3 weeks. I have a full time day job, so most of my writing is done on nights and weekends, and it tends to be in short bursts. I used one vacation day to stay home and write, and woke up early to write before work.
The script was really fun to write, and giving myself a tight deadline was actually helpful. I posted it online and you can read it here.
After finishing this script, I’ve moved back to my animated web series project, and another comedy pilot. I hope to finish both by the end of the year.
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I wrote a spec script for Parks and Rec, where Trump visits Pawnee to hold a fundraiser. There were 3 things that triggered the idea for this script.
- Trump and the election has been on my mind and causing me a lot of anxiety, as I’m sure it has for many people.
- I recently read the 9/11 Seinfeld spec. I thought it was a great idea for a stunt spec, and very well written.
- I recently started archery. Here’s the sign I passed as I went to the archery range every morning before work.
Continue reading Parks and Rec – Trump Fundraiser – concept
I just wrote a spec script of Parks and Rec, called Trump Fundraiser.
You can download it here. Continue reading Parks and Rec – Trump Fundraiser
I’m behind schedule. Today is day 15 of 14. I’ve been waking up early to write before work, in addition to the normal nights and weekends. I also took a vacation day last Friday to write, but I’m still not done.
Here’s my current status:
- Act 1 – 3rd draft
- Act 2 – 2nd draft
- Act 3 – 1st draft
I mostly write in Scrivener, especially now that they finally have an iOS app, and only use Final Draft at the very end to export my final PDF.
I like where I’m at, it’s just taking me a little longer than I’d like.
I’d like to be done by Monday 10/3 at the latest.
Today is day 11 of 14.
I was hoping to finish a first draft yesterday, and start on the second draft today, but I’m a little behind schedule.
The outline took a little longer than I wanted, but I didn’t want to jump to script until the outline was solid. Specifically, I was trying to nail down the act two out. After I come up with the logline, I figure out all the act breaks.
In a 3 act script, some people refer to the end of Act 2 as the all is lost moment. Everything is building to this scene, and then Act 3 shows the aftermath and resolution of that moment, so it’s pretty important! I knew the general conflict and tone and emotion of the scene, but because it affects so many other scenes, it took me a whole day to decide on the specific details.
I have about half of the first draft done, and the rest of the script outlined, so not too terrible. I think I can still finish by Monday or Tuesday.
I’m trying to write a new spec script in 2 weeks, despite having a full time job and a new hobby of archery.
Today is day 5 of 14.
I have my logline for each storyline, I have a treatment, and I’m finishing up my beat sheet.
I’ll be starting my outline later today, so I’m pretty much on schedule! Even though I don’t have any pages written, no dialogue, and no jokes, all this time figuring out the story and getting to the outline is time well spent.