The Good, The Bad, and the Obvious

ZeroDraft30Feels like a good time to check in.

Last night, the second draft of a TV Pilot I’m writing was read before a live audience at Toronto Cold Reads. The audience loved it! I need to clean up some things in Act III, and I await notes from the producers who hired me, but I’m really excited about it.

In the meantime, I’m frantically working to finish a screenplay before the end of the month. I took the Zero Draft 30 challenge – an international community of writers (accomplished and emerging) dedicated to supporting each other, as we strive to write a screenplay in 30 days. With seven days to go, I’m on page 50. I’d like to land at around page 95-100, so I need to hit… [Jarrett does some quick math] …7 pages a day!

I’ve had good days and bad days thus far. On my good days, I’m writing nine pages and the scenes are vibrant and dynamic. On my bad days, I play video games and barely look at the script. I wish I could find a way to be a little more consistent. I really don’t know why my bad days happen – and when I have a good day, it seems it comes from making a simple commitment to write. Nothing more to it than that.

In other business, Mom and Jeremy are helping me with Riderville Sitcom, pitching Season Passes to local businesses. Mom called today and she seems to have a big fish on the hook. I wished I would have thought to add them to the team in the summer. I would have been able to focus on doing what I do best, and let them do what they excel at. Sometimes the hardest things to see, are the things we don’t see right in front of our nose.

Well, that’s enough for today. Gonna pound pages now.