Writing update

20 May

May 20th? When did it become May 20th? I sort-of, kind-of finished the first draft of TD 208 on Friday, with a word count of 17,101. I’m waffling because, in going back to start the next draft, I realize I cut a lot of corners, especially towards the beginning of the episode. First drafts are, for me, like outlines are for other writers. It’s where I decide or, really, “discover” what the episode is going to be about. I have to do that with actual text/prose, not just the jotted notes of an outline, because there’s something about writing the *actual episode itself* with the dialogue and blocking and characters acting and interacting that enables me to get clear on what I’m supposed to write about.

Of course, I have a general idea what the plot is going to be before hand, but any given detail I might have in mind can fall apart for a variety of technical or artistic reasons when I start trying to fit all the pieces in place. This one has been a bitch to fit together. I’m trying to create slow building of an emotional crisis up to its climactic point in a convincing way.

The second draft will be longer as I continue to fill in details trying to get it all to work. I want to get this done before I leave for Toronto, but Darth Real Life might conspire against me!

9 Responses to “Writing update”

  1. dlgood May 20, 2007 at 5:26 pm #

    Yeah, this year has been flying by. Good luck with the drafting.
    Note: I’ve posted my Gunn Meta

  2. chaos_by_design May 20, 2007 at 6:35 pm #

    Yeah, Connor needs a good, solid emotional crisis so we can all figure out what’s up with him. So far he’s just been brooding too much with no clear reason.

  3. neshaffer May 20, 2007 at 6:39 pm #

    Now to pull off the “pay-off” so it actually pays off!

  4. neshaffer May 20, 2007 at 6:39 pm #

    I saw that! I took notes!

  5. chaos_by_design May 20, 2007 at 6:40 pm #

    You can do it. I have faith in you. 🙂

  6. neshaffer May 20, 2007 at 7:01 pm #

    Thanks!
    Good thing I have Faith in me!

  7. chaos_by_design May 20, 2007 at 10:22 pm #

    Re: Thanks!
    Yeah, I saw that pun coming. *groan*

  8. neshaffer May 21, 2007 at 3:56 am #

    Re: Thanks!
    Sorry, couldn’t help it; I’m borderline schitzophrenic.
    ; D

  9. dlgood May 22, 2007 at 10:33 pm #

    If you ever needed more obscure sports-related details to flesh out Gunn characterization, you just let me know.
    Like for example, how Gunn’s favorite number is #44 because of Eric Davis. (who wore 44 in honor of Hank Aaron – and Gunn would know that)

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