Introduce Yourself : Looking for an Accountability Partner for Writing by Chris Donaldson

Chris Donaldson

Looking for an Accountability Partner for Writing

Working on an episodic TV pilot (like a lot of other fine folks in this room) and looking for another writer who wants to get Sh!t done. We would work independently on our respective projects but check in regularly to hold each other's feet to the fire and make sure we're churning out the pages. If anyone is interested, let me know!

Hope all is well with everyone and keep up the great work. 

Darren Mancini

I'm game!

Melany Markham

Me too

Chris Donaldson

Right on! I'm not sure how we set this up? Maybe we just branch off of this thread?

One idea to keep it simple is to maybe state a big hairy audacious goal? Mine is to finish outlining and writing Episode 1 of my series 4 weeks from now. I'm on page 16 of ≈ 60 pages. So done by 4/18. What say you?

Open to other ideas on how to structure this as well. Haven't really used Stage 32 much but look forward to learning more about the platform.

Kimberly Anglemyer

I'm interested as well!

Tasha Lewis

Welcome!

Steffany Lohn Sommers

Count me in! I'm 70 pages in to my latest feature and want to finish by the end of April.

Chris Donaldson

Hey all - I’ll create a thread and then we can do weekly check-ins for starters. Look forward to it!

Harika Kothapally

I'm a writer too. I would like to be a part of your work sir.

Shemar James

Chris Donaldson Welcome to Stage 32! Nice to have you as a part of the community! You’ll really enjoy it. There are so many wonderful people to connect with and resources available to you. Accountability is so important and glad that you are actively seeking to achieve this and find people to do this with you. This sounds like something I may be interested in doing as well.

If you ever want additional feedback on your script, feel free to check out Stage 32's script coverages as well to get feedback from professionals in the industry.

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You also may find this lounge interesting.

https://www.stage32.com/lounge/screenwriting

If you’d like some guidance on who might be the best person to connect with, feel free to reach out to Stage 32's Director of Script Services, Jason Mirch at j.mirch@stage32.com can point you in the right direction.

James Welday

Hi Chris Donaldson, I’d be happy to help out!

Chris Donaldson

Hey everyone. So I've been trying to figure out a thread to get this conversation going (create a lounge for example) but it's beyond me at the moment. So, I thought I'd just post here my accountability goals - then check in weekly to see other people's progress and let you all know how I'm doing.

Chris Donaldson

I am taking a Pilot Episode Writing Course through Script University right now - so far we've outlined the entire pilot using a four act structure (very similar to three act structure). Happy to share more on this if you want. This week, we are tasked with writing ACT 1 (about 15 pages) - which I am marching through pretty well. This works out to 3 pages a day.

One of my tricks is color coding my calendar and having a very defined writing time set aside. For this course, I am setting aside two 1 hr blocks per day (1 in the AM, 1 in the PM), because I do have a day job (I'm a commercial filmmaker). What methods are you using to force yourself into the writing habit?

Chris Donaldson

Let me know what you are up to - and let's cross the finish line together. Look forward to it.

Rebecca Glazer Greene

I am working on Episode 1, a series bible, and a pitch right now. I find signing up for contests or pitches helps me with deadlines. My next pitch is due April 17th so that's my deadline for the aforementioned. I try to write between other responsibilities but carving out specified times definitely helps with my accountability.

Martin Reese

I'm game. I'm 37 pages into my pilot. My goal is to have the 1st draft completed by April 15th. And I like your approach, Rebecca. Signing up for pitches and contests are indeed great motivators.

Monica Mansy

Hi, Chris and welcome! I would most definitely join the Writers' Room... several people hold zoom writing cafes on Fridays and Sundays. In addition to having that accountability for writing, the Writers' Room is a great place to meet other writers, learn about the craft and business, have the opportunity to pitch to working executives, give and receive script coverage, practice pitching, table reads and so much more! To try it out for a free month, please email Jason Mirch (j.mirch@stage32.com), the Director of Script Services, for a free month!

Steffany Lohn Sommers

I am working on the second act of a feature...my writing process is I write the beginning and ending first, then fill in the gap (I don't know why, the story just always comes to me that way). I would like to have the first draft finished by the end of April, probably another 30-40 pages.

James Welday

Steffany Lohn Sommers best of luck!

Steffany Lohn Sommers

Thanks James!

Chris Donaldson

So it happened. I turned in my First Act of 'Cypher' over the weekend. Second Act is due this Sunday. The writing continues.....

A method that is working for me: make the writing the first priority. Everything else (especially my relationships with people and work) benefits from that. How's everyone else doing in their projects?

Karen "Kay" Ross

I'm with you, Chris Donaldson - I've reordered my day so that my writing is my first task of "business" ( I still walk and eat breakfast first), and then do all my other "work" after that. Treating it a bit like working out until the muscle is better developed, ya know?

And congrats on making your deadline! How is everyone else doing?

James Welday

Heck yeah, Chris!! Keep up the great work!

Martin Reese

I keep re-working my beginning so I have gotten my page counts like I wanted, but making progress. And good work Chris Donaldson

Darren Mancini

I've been breaking up the day into two writing blocks. One 3 hour block in the morning and another one in the afternoon or evening depending on whatever else life brings into the mix. Monday to Friday is for a Paranormal Thriller/Comedy, while weekends are for a TV Pilot class. Laundry gets worked into the schedule at some point...

Martin Reese

Nice approach Darren Mancini

Steffany Lohn Sommers

I got sidetracked with a rewrite, but hey, at least it's still writing!

Chris Donaldson

Hey all - I'll post here more this week - but finished Acts 2 and 3 of my pilot this week. 45 pages in. Act 4 is this week - due Sunday at midnight. Then the first draft (and yes, it reads like a first draft) is done.

Everyone talks about 'balance' - but a word I'll throw out there is 'blend'. I've been able to blend writing into my schedule at different points of the day (starting early morning, usually one of the last things I do at night) which has helped. Even opening the script for 15 minutes in the middle of the day keeps the wheels turning, and forces me to thing about better obstacles, better solutions, etc. Hope all is well - and keep those words flowing!

Cynthia McCoggle

Keep up the good work, Chris! I'm starting my 5th tv series this week. I'm really excited about this one as it deals with witches and warlocks. Happy writing, everyone!

Chris Donaldson

Kudos, Cynthia. What approach are you taking to getting these read by producers, etc?

Chris Donaldson

I can tell you one thing that is really helping me write: outlining, outlining, outlining..... I've been super lazy about this in the past - but no more.

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