I decided before the New Year that 2018 would be the year when things really got serious, as far as my writing is concerned. Over the Christmas and New Year period, I finished a couple of drafts of my comedy-horror / thriller feature screenplay, Furball Massacre, and now I’m well in to developing the outline for my new feature script, The Forgotten.
Throughout January, I challenged myself to come up with one logline or idea every single day. No matter how terrible it was, I had to put something down for all thirty-one days of the month.
And you know what? Incredibly, I managed it. Now I have thirty-one new ideas to work with. Some of them are better than others. Most of them will probably get nowhere near seeing the light of day, but amongst those thirty-one ideas, I’m sure there’s a few seeds of something interesting. In fact, The Forgotten came from one of those ideas. It was an idea that appeared as I was desperately scrambling for ideas before going to bed one evening, so I could fill in my journal. And then I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It’s turned in to one of the stronger ideas I came up with!
Now January’s over, I thought it was time to stop coming up with the new loglines (or at least, stop forcing myself to come up with new loglines – if something comes up anyway, then all the better!), and use that creativity to actually work on developing some ideas.
February, for me, is going to be all about accountability. Wanting to pursue a career in writing is not easy, but what is easy is not bothering to do anything for a day. And then another day. And then another… Much as I want to write, some days it’s too difficult. I’m tired from having a child at home, from working full-time, from waking up at 3am every single day.
But if I’m going to make this happen, and make 2018 my year, I need to be accountable to myself.
Each day, I’m going to log what I’ve done towards achieving my goals, and hopefully by the end of February I’ll have made some decent progress.