I just wrote a spec script of Parks and Rec, called Trump Fundraiser.
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.
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.
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:
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.
So a couple weeks ago, I got this rough idea for a spec. I wasn’t actively trying to come up with spec ideas. I’ve been busy working on my animated web series, and writing a pilot, but this idea came to me and I debated whether or not it was worth writing.
I watched previous episodes of the show to make sure my idea would fit in within the show, and it did. Hmm. Should I spend time writing a spec? Right now? I wasn’t planning on applying to fellowships, but even if I wanted to, the deadlines aren’t till May or June of next year. I have other projects to finish that I’d have to put on hold to write this spec.
But I kept thinking about the idea, and I figured it would be good practice since I haven’t written a spec in a while. So yesterday, I just decided to commit to it and write it. The caveat is I’m giving myself only 2 weeks so that I don’t feel guilty for spending too much time on it. Here’s the schedule I made for myself. Continue reading my new spec script – day 1