I did something yesterday that I normally don’t do on weekdays. I went out for a beer, with the intent on writing while I was there. I’m such a boring person in that when I do go out for a drink or two I only do so on Fridays or Saturdays. But I needed a change of pace. Besides, my dinner at home didn’t cut it so I needed to get something to eat as well. I got to the bar, ordered a beer and some chips and started to work on the outline for the screenplay.
I say “started” because I only got as far as the first few letters before I realized that the only pen I took was dry. The bartender offered me hers but I felt weird accepting it. I told her I only wanted to jot down a note to myself and that I would just remember it. It was partially true. I finally had a story in my head that I can flesh out successfully (I think). I don’t know why I felt weird about borrowing her pen. I think it had to do with how long I was going to use it. Anyway, I wrote down the first plot point in the memo app on my phone. It took a lot longer than I thought it would, so I gave up and just enjoyed the beer.
I then went out for dinner tonight. Again, I don’t do that in the middle of the week. But I had to go to the dump and the library. I didn’t feel like waiting until I got home to eat. I figured I would just hold off the frozen food I had waiting to me until next week. Anyway, I had taken my notebook and a good pen to work with the intent on writing on my lunch break. I didn’t manage that but I did get a lot more done than I expected at the pizza place. I nearly finished outlining act one. The only real reason I didn’t was simply because I was done with my dinner. I didn’t want to outstay my welcome.
I didn’t manage to get any more work on it done this evening. I spent too much time on the road just trying to decide if I wanted to go to a coffee shop or not. I didn’t feel like paying for parking in downtown Portsmouth and it was too cold to walk the distance from the municipal lot. I ended up spending a quarter on just enough time to grab a coffee and come home. But I spent too much time deciding on it. Oh, well—I got caught up on the latest Harmontown podcast, anyway.
I don’t expect to take too much time on this part of the process. I think I finally have something to work with here. I still have the same fear that I usually do when I outline longer works. I get worried that I write down too many short scenes and the overall project won’t be long enough. I know, I shouldn’t worry about length anyway as long as it’s good. But I want to make sure a screenplay is long enough to be marketable. Shorter lengths tend to only be accepted with “art films.” This is my own generalization only based on being something of a minor movie buff. But if it helps my creativity, who am I to complain about my own hang-up?