Whenever I’ve taken those work personality tests, the one role type I seemed to avoid like the proverbial plagues was ‘Completer Finisher’. I’m an ideas guy. A thinker. Finishing is for other people.
Anyway, I took December off writing to bask in the glory of my NaNoWriMo 50,000 words. The downside to this is that my novel runs the risk of entering the limbo phase occupied by so many of my writing projects (mainly screenplays).
So spurred on by George and her advice to ‘fucking finish something’, I started the New Year with one goal; complete the first draft of my sci fi novel.
As of midnight on Feb 7th, I’ve added another 30,000 words to my NaNoWriMo work and have written every day bar one (my birthday).
Still a way to go, but this is the longest sustained period of writing I can recall and at the moment the old adage of familiarity breeding contempt is absolutely not true.
30 days later and I’m done. Well not done in terms of finishing the novel but 50,000 words done.
It was touch and go, with only the surge on the final week making the difference. A full half of the 50,000 came in the final 8 days!
I’ll post some excerpts shortly, but needless to say I’m a happy lad right now.
Taking a break from scriptwriting to give writing 50,000 words a go. I’ve been meaning to try NaNoWriMo for several years and while work is crazy I figured I should give it a go.
I’ll be writing a piece of science fiction, full of space ships, corrupt crew and pew pew lasers, because, well it was that kind of stuff that got me into writing all those years ago.
I’m a little late to the party this year, but am giving Clarions write-a-thon another go.
I’m about halfway through my new screenplay and hope to finish a first draft over the coming 6 weeks.
Sponsorship is welcome and all the money goes towards helping Clarion West in their wonderful work with talented writers from around the world.
I’ll be looking to post updates each week as I can.
We’re past halfway on the Clarion West Write-a-thon, just like that and the pressure is on. In terms of completed work I’m about 40 pages in, so need to crack on this week. I guess that’s how I tend to work though, with more done as we approach the deadline.
For me, probably the hardest thing when writing a standalone Sci Fi is avoiding going too detailed. I can already see how this story could be evolved into a longer running TV show for example. But I’m doing my best to drop lower order plot points that there clearly isn’t time for in a 2 hour plus movie.
The first act is reasonably tight and the while the third act isn’t written yet, the notes have come together and the resolution is clear in my mind. Act 2 is coming together but is perhaps the least well formed and will definitely take up most of this week and the weekend.
During my research I stumbled upon a memory from my youth and thought I’d share. Always good for stormy summer days (like today) when you couldn’t go play outside.
And yes, I do intend to jimmy this into the script somehow.
The Cold War never ended.
With few ‘neutral’ lands left to conquer, it was only inevitable that the Soviets and Americans would expand into space.
Working to prevent the Moon from becoming a new battlefield, the major ‘neutral’ nations on Earth – China, India and UK – setup the Tranquility Agreement. No nation can claim any part of the Moon for itself or its government.
The task of ensuring the agreement holds falls to the men and women of Tranquility One, the largest and only permanently inhabited installation on the Moons surface. The small contingent of military and diplomatic personnel are responsible for the safety of the 3000 people who live in the city dubbed by its inhabitants the ‘Grey Eden’.
In 2039, the human race is united in celebration as a long tracked comet prepares to pass between the Earth and the Moon. For the first time in a generation, cold war enemies begin to renew vows of friendship as the near-miss looks set to usher in a new wave of peaceful coexistence.
At least that’s the theory.
On the Moon, old habits die hard and despite the wave of love emanating from Earth, Tranquility One Commander Archie Lewis seems to be spending an increasing amount of time dealing with diplomatic squabbles over the seating arrangements for the ‘big event’.
As the arrival of rich tourists, eager to get the best view of the passing comet, triples the bases contingent, Archie has to deal with a whole new threat – the return of his estranged wife.
The trial separation was her idea. Archie had thought it meant separate suites in the base, not a gap of 250,000 miles. This time he’s determined to ‘get it right’ and nothing is going to prevent a successful reconciliation.
Except of course the outbreak of war on Earth!
As the fragile peace is shattered back home, an act of sabotage at Tranquility One puts the lives of its entire population at risk. With everyone a suspect and reinforcements days away Archie’s crew must bring Cold War enemies together to save the station.
‘Edge of Tranquility’ is a new screenplay I am writing as part of the Clarion West write-a-thon. I am hoping to write a full first draft (about 120 pages) by August 3rd.
- Archie Lewis: Commander of Tranquility One
- Rachel Phelps: Captain of the Military Garrison
- Joseph Wells: Chief Diplomatic Advisor
- Kyle Strazinski: Astrophysicist and resident genius
- Marsha Lewis: Archie’s estranged wife
- John Kirk: US Ambassador
- Elena Khrushchev: Soviet Ambassador
- Ilia Orlovsky: Soviet Diplomatic Aid
- Lord Charles Montford: British Ambassador
Writing has always been a passion, the only problem being that I have lots of ideas but very little time. Full time jobs, walking dogs, watching the latest HBO show – all these things just get in the way.
I’m planning to use this blog as a place or me to post updates, thoughts and ramblings about my writing as I, hopefully, progress.
As a starting point, my goal for the next 6 weeks is to hit my target in the Clarion West write-a-thon. 120-150 pages of a new screenplay. Should be easy… just hope there aren’t too many work projects over the summer!