For me, one of the most difficult, time-eating lesson about writing a story is this: Just get it done; pretty doesn’t matter.  I heard, from Pete Barnstrom and Jamie Nash, the term “vomit draft”.  It’s a great one; I knew exactly what it meant.  “Sketch draft” doesn’t feel as viscerally dramatic.  I even neglected two …
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Having Written A Mouthful of Candy, or, Pussycat

For me, one of the most difficult, time-eating lesson about writing a story is this: Just get it done; pretty doesn’t matter.  I heard, from Pete Barnstrom and Jamie Nash, the term “vomit draft”.  It’s a great one; I knew exactly what it meant.  “Sketch draft” doesn’t feel as viscerally dramatic.  I even neglected two scenes which, I guess, I’ll put in this weekend.  It’s already stupidly long as it is; I figure I might as well start massive cuts working with everything I wanted.

It needs work; a lot.  Yet, it’s connected start-to-finish, and that’s the point (and payoff/reward) of that most difficult lesson: as soon as it’s connected front-to-back, the really hard part is over.  Everything that must be done comes clear.  So, I am going to aim to challenge myself to finish a readable first draft this week.  I lost track of the days 😉  I think I have till Wensday.

Instead of rolling my sleeves up to get hard at it, I ran out to 7/24 Movies and More for Minority Report, The Bicycle Thief, and The Beaver.  The Bicycle Thief was one of the first “great films” I saw after arriving in the city.  I always hear Minority Report is top notch so I’m going for it; Jamie Nash really dug The Beaver (plus I read about the shocking ending).

Assuming this story moved forward, I think it should be shot in Super-8 (with the latest most advanced and sensitive sound equipment possible).  I’m really not sure how remotely possible that would be right now; it may be cost-prohibitive.  🙂