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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Jet Lag and Writing

So though I'm back in L.A., I'm still on New York time, which is messing with my head.

Usually I'm a night person. I go to bed around 1-1:30, then get up around 9. But the last few days, I've been falling asleep around 9PM, and waking up around 4:15.

If the human race was meant to be up at 4:15, then there'd be something on TV at 4:15. I don't know if you have flipped around the channels in the wee hours recently, but pretty much everyone is well into infomercials by then.

I also have trouble focusing on writing when I'm tired, though I'm trying, particularly since, because Hollywood hasn't gotten up to speed yet in the new year, I have nothing to do but write.

So yesterday I pushed myself into brainstorming more of the second half of my new script, which I'd knocked out about 8 pages of in December. Since the first half of the script is pretty much all structured, I actually feel confident putting words on paper while the second half is still in flux, and playing with the pages is helping bring the story into focus.

Yesterday I also reworked those 8 pages, and added 4 more. So I'm up to 12. Today's plan is to write like a madman, at least until paying work falls on my head.

My slot in the writing group comes up on January 22. The plan is to have a solid first act, 25 pages for the actors there to cold read, so I can hear how it sounds and get feedback from my fellow writers. So far I'm on schedule, and I hope to be well beyond the 25-page mark by then.

Deadlines help.

Otherwise, I've been wading through season 2 of The Office, which was a gift from my lovely wife (after I hinted for it heavily, naturally). The great thing is that each episide has about 8 minutes of deleted scenes that are just as strong as anything actually in the episode; editing down what would be solid 30-minute shows into the 22-minutes they actually have must be tough every week, and its great that they throw all this material on the disk.

The commentaries are fun too. I can't recommend the DVD enough, especially if you are a fan of the show.

I'm caffeinated, and still tired. But it's time to suck it up. Back to the script...


At 9:19 AM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

I had a professor once who went to sleep at 9 and got up at 4 every day. One morning he brought freshly baked cookise to our 10 o'clock class. Who bakes cookies at 4 in the morning?

I'm pretty sure he was gay, though. I think he just went to bed early to get away from his wife. But the cookies were good and I learned a lot of French.

At 2:53 PM, Blogger S. A. Petrich said...

I'm an even nightier person than ou, Scott. I go to bed at 4 or 5 am and get up around 11.

At 4:42 PM, Blogger Alan Smithee said...

I've been trying to find a screenwriting group. Any openings in yours?

At 5:14 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

They seem pretty full up at this point.

At 8:43 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

We got that gift set of the Office (Seasons 1 & 2) from Best Buy, comes in a dunder-mifflin paper box with some goodies from "dunder mifflin." Cool shit, man.

Now go write like a madman.

At 6:56 AM, Blogger mernitman said...

those early hours are the best.
and when you've done some writing first thing in the day, you feel totally justified in goofing off later...


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