It’s a new year and I thought to myself that if I was going to hold myself accountable to actually accomplish my resolutions for this 2019, I needed to put them out there. So here they are.
Mainly, I going to take the advice of Scott Meyers in his Go Into the Story blog to “Read Scripts, Watch Movies, Write Pages” (aka 1 2 7 14). I’d tweak it a little and see how it works for me this year. Here’s the formula with my comments/adjustments in italics.
1 – Read 1 screenplay a week.
I can definitely do this. I might even bump it up to 2 a week occasioanll.
2 – Watch 2 movies a week.
This might be a little harder. I’ll try to average it out to two a week, some weeks being easier than others.
7 – Write 7 pages a week.
This will also be hard, but it’s the goal I’m striving for the most. I’m giving myself the choice of a page or an hour of writing, whichever works out for the day.
14 – Work 14 hours prepping a story.
This one I’m not entirely sure about. I like the idea of spending the time developing multiple stories, but, knowing myself, I’ll need additional time researching in order to be able to write a page a day. Also, TWO HOURS! I’m going to try it, but I’m also giving myself permission to use this time to prep the story I’m currently working on and also to be okay if I don’t make a full two hours a day.
My own additional writer/filmmaker resolutions:
- Have three completed/polished scripts by the end of the year
- Submit to the Nicholl, Sundance Labs, Blacklist, and Austin Film Festival
- Continue to figure out ways to put myself out there (ex., meetups, blog posts, twitter?, etc.)
- Complete one short film this year
I’ll keep posting throughout the year and we’ll see how it goes …