There she goes again
Today I FADED OUT on my rough draft of THE MIDDLE AGES.
I’m not whooping it up just yet.
I think it’s a pretty un-rough draft, actually, but I haven’t read the thing straight through from page 1, yet, and I’d hate to whoop prematurely.
I’ve never worked that way before – the “not reading it” thing. I had a good outline and treatment and, of course, The Board, and think I adhered to them well and ventured away from them when it made sense and all, but really… god knows what-all’s in there.
I haven’t printed a page of it, yet, either. Ever. It’s tempting to fire up the printer and feel the weight and warmth of my new baby, but first I wanna be sure it has all its fingers and toes. And fully-developed lungs. And a spine. I don’t mind letting it incubate a little longer to give it a better chance at life when it finally comes out.
The draft came in on the short side. I anticipated 100-105 pages and it ended on 97. Not terrible. I’m sure it’ll flesh out in the rewrite. I actually cut five pages a couple days ago – Act 2 was getting long and there was an extraneous scene and a half in there. The brevity problem lies fully in the third act, and I expect to find some loose threads hanging off of the first that need weaving in at the end.
For those interested in such things, I finished my treatment September 15th , got the thumbs-up from my manager September 18th, spent a couple weeks turning my treatment into index cards on a board and filling in the holes, then began really writing the script October 2nd.
So, just under six weeks to a first draft. I could’ve done it faster, but I was away three weekends in October, plus a few extra days in Austin, then there were a bunch of days post-Austin where the clock struck 3:00 p.m. and knocked me out cold until dinnertime.
Not such a long time for a draft, really. However, I struggled to come up with the idea for about four months before I wrote that treatment.
So… tomorrow, I read. Hopefully, I’ll still be smiling.
p.s. Last I heard, PB went to AFM, the budget is looking bigger and shooting has been bumped to February.