I got very little sleep last night. No, it had nothing to do with the election—I had left the heat in my apartment on too high and it woke me up around three-thirty. I got up at four as a result, an hour and a half earlier than usual. Why is this my lead for this week’s writing update? I managed to get quite a few edits in with my screenplay before work. Even though I had less sleep I was more productive than I usually am. Maybe it had something to do with the promise to myself to have some leisure time after getting home. I also recently listened to a podcast where a writer talked about a study that suggests we’re more productive when we wake up. Either way, I’m back to making progress on this thing.
I’m still making notes on a printout with a red pen. My next step is to not only make changes based on those notes but to do a little bit of research here and there to address some of the potential mistakes I have made. After that I’m going to have to open this screenplay up to peer review.
This is where I might not make it as far as getting the screenplay ready to shop around by the end of the year. But if it’s because I genuinely miscalculated the time it would take to get help from others, I would gladly accept that mistake instead of laziness hold me back a few times. The latter issue probably had something to do with it, but the former makes me feel better.
I have had bad luck with getting friends to review my work. I have one friend that I reconnected with recently who’s a published writer, so she might be better at it than my usual experience of people saying “Yeah, I liked it” and very little, if anything, more. I also need to get over my social awkwardness and perhaps join a group for screenwriters to share their work. It’s not my first script but my first in over a decade, and I’m not sure it’s good enough to share with others. But I’ll probably feel that way no matter what.
Once I have it ready, then what? I know, there’s plenty of published material out there regarding what to do with a finished screenplay. But I’ve always pushed that to the back of my mind, telling myself that I’ll look into it when the time comes. I’m sure the business is different than when I took screenwriting in college. But I should start looking into what I’m supposed to do with a finished script. Do I still need to join the Writers Guild of America in order to sell it to a studio? Do I still need to sell a script to join the Writers Guild of America? For that matter, should I try to join Writers Guild of America West so I could try to sell to Hollywood, or do I join Writers Guild of America East because I live on the east coast, or both?
I’ll probably need to get an agent first. Not only do they help sell work one might be able to help me with all of my questions. For now, I think I will focus on the work first after all.