Screenwriting : 2nd Annual November Write Club: Let’s do this! by Beth Fox Heisinger

2nd Annual November Write Club: Let’s do this!

It’s that time of year, people. Can I get a hearty “YES!” It’s time for November Write Club. So let’s hunker down. And. Get. It. Done. Whatever “it” is for you. We’ll use the 30 days of November as a personal deadline for whatever project you’re working on; be it a first draft, a rewrite, a TV pilot, a short, a feature, a pitch, whatever. There are no parameters other than what you choose to accomplish within the month of November. We’ll support, inspire and cheer each other on throughout our 30-day endeavors. We’ll encourage each other to reach our individual goals. Please keep in mind: this is not a competition. This is not a win/lose thing. No word count. No page count. No. This exercise is about pushing forward. In the weeks ahead we’ll share our highs and lows within this ongoing thread, and share our progress within the weekly November Write Club check-in blogs every Sunday. Remember participation is key. You must check in and report your progress, and participate by supporting and encouraging others all month long. There’ll be a well-earned “gift” at the end, an extended push forward with whatever step may be next for you. So whaddaya say? You in?

Izzibella Beau

I'm in :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Great to have you, Izzibella!

Anthony Cawood

In, re-writing my Elizabethan action script for competition and querying in December.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Great Anthony! Seems perfect timing for your project. ;) Izzibella, what are you working on?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Wonderful Sarah! What is your November endeavor?

Linda Hullinger

I'm in! Have been collecting notes and ideas, and writing character bios for a TV pilot since last summer and I'm ready to put it all together so that I can pitch it in December. :-)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Putting together a solid first draft for a TV pilot—sounds great, Linda!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Me, I'm finishing up a long-time needed rewrite on one feature, and hopefully finishing a first draft on another. Fingers crossed. I'd love to get these two moving forward!

Anthony Cawood

Sure you can achieve both of those Beth - go for it!

Linda Hullinger

Thanks, Beth. Actually, I'm on my 5th draft of it. lol But, these characters keep changing my mind. lol That's why I'm determined to get it all together in November and fine tune the best draft possible.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Yeah, I know... Working on two simultaneously can be problematic—you are well aware of one script that I'm working on, Anthony. So we'll see. I've been doing a ton of outlining, working things out in my head, etc. I should be able to get far, but I'll need my fellow Write Club members to keep me motivated. Lol! ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Oh, you're on the fifth draft, Linda? Whatta great goal for November. After all that preliminary work, you then should be able to pin it down and focus during this month. Get it where it needs to be. ;)

Linda Hullinger

I sure hope so. Every time I think it's taking the right turns, the characters shift gears on me, and then I rewrite it. lol So, my goal is to stay focused in one direction (hopefully the right one) and polish it to the max.

Jean Buschmann

Very cool, Beth! I have plans to catch up on some online writing classes in November, otherwise, I'd be WRITE there with you. I love the idea - it's always nice to have a goal and a group of committed co-conspirators to keep you accountable! :) ...If I catch up sooner than expected I'll jump in mid-month.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Thank you so much, Jean! "Committed co-conspirators"—I love that! Please do join us if/when you can. Best wishes with your online classes. ;)

Jean Buschmann

You're most welcome! ...And will do.

Dan Guardino

Beth. I am writing a one hour pilot on assignment. I can't share the information but would like to partake in this if I don't have to share what my story is about.

Deenur E Gill

In. Finish screenplay #9.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hey, great! Welcome Lindbergh and Deenur!

Kyle Climans

Working on my first ever rewriting commission. I'm going to try and get the first draft finished by the end of November!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Dan, congrats on the assignment! I would love to have you participate. And no worries! No need to share specifics. Just share your general progress, help to inspire and motivate others. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Deenur, wow, script number 9? So are you working on a rewrite or perhaps a final polish?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi Kyle. Congratulations on your first commission! First draft finished by the end of the month sounds like a wonderful goal!

Izzibella Beau

Hey, Beth. I'm going to be working on a complete rewrite of a script that I started awhile back. I was halfway finished when I lost direction of where I wanted it to go. I'm also doing NaNoWriMo and writing a book on the same said script. I WILL be done with both by the end of November. Thank you for bringing up this project, it helps to get everyone motivated, sort of a kick in the ass to get us all working again.

Lee Dunnavant (Lebo)

Hell-o ... Just starting to write a few holiday skits to be perform mid Dec. for local community theatre ... "Break a leg" everyone !!!

Tracie Goldthorpe Seward

I've got to focus and get this spec rewrite done. I want to start shopping it around! This will be a great motivator for me to power through. Thanks for doing this!

Brandon H. Creighton

I'm in. Been working on my first feature script since June and about half way through the first draft. Didn't outline at all at first just hit the page running with my idea. I knew where I wanted to go just had to stop for a while with my home flooding in Louisiana and figuring out the details to connect the beginning with the end...now outlining the middle and end to make sure it all makes sense. This could be a really good exercise to get that done.

Brian Walsh

I can't believe it's been a year. I'm in! It was awesome last year. I'll get everything ready tonight for the blitz!

Beth Fox Heisinger

You are very welcome, Izzibella. Thank you for joining in. :) Not only will I be rooting and supporting everyone all month long, but we also have S32 Happy Writers supporting and backing us as well! We'll see different S32 folks motivating us and inspiring us in the weeks ahead. ...I gotta say, Izzibella, that's a lot to accomplish in one month—a book and a script! Wow! At least they are of the same material. ;) But hey, we're all here rooting for you! You got this!

Scott Bryan Sowers

Scott B. Sowers Why not? I've got a short burning a hole in my head. This might help get it done. Still pushing our first feature "Special Needs". Check it out on Amazon and soon Pure Flix.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi Lee! Wonderful to have you! Writing your own material to perform sounds amazing and so much fun! Perfect timing to get ready for your Holiday performances. Will you be able to post a video in "Your Stage" when completed?

Evelien And Dorien Twins

We're IN with 2 firsts this year! We will finish the first draft of our first horror feature by the end of November! doing research into horror writing because we've never delved into it, but we'll get it done!

Beth Fox Heisinger

I hear you, Tracie... I too need a kick in the butt to focus and get a couple of specs finished. So you've come to the right place. Lol! Let's motivate each other, all right? Thanks so much for joining in!

Ryan D. Canty

I'm in!!!! I just started working on a 1 hr pilot now that I hope to have, no, I WILL HAVE, a full draft of it completed by the end of this month! Yaay!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi Brandon. I'm so sorry to hear about your home flooding. Did all your family and friends fare well? Big congrats on working towards your first script! That's huge! So, as far as your focus this month, are you working on an outline and also completing a first draft? Or just an outline? I too like to keep things a little open, see what I discover along the way. But for a first script (well, any script) it is helpful to have a plan. That first one can seem daunting. Let us know how we can help. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

WhaHOO! The twins! Double fist bump! Wonderful to have you join in, Evelien and Dorien! ...Yeah, I remember you talking about this horror script in another thread discussion. Sounds great for November! Are you set to produce it? Am I remembering correctly? I too have a script that I'm interested in starting, not this month though, but it leans towards horror. That's a genre I've never done before either. I may have to hit you up later for your research. Maybe you could point me in a direction. Lol!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi Ryan! Great to see you! It's been a while. Wonderful to have you join the fun! So you're working on a one hour pilot? Sounds interesting. Can you share a little more? I have NO DOUBT you will complete a full first draft by the 30th! You got this! :)

Katie Larsen

I'm in.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Brian Walsh, my dear! Great to have you back! ...Yeah, I know, I can't believe it's been a year already! Can't wait to hear what you'll be working on this time around. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Welcome, Scott! Completing a short this month sounds like a great project! :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Okay, just a side note for everyone: While it's always great to share work in "Your Stage"—it's wonderful to see it too!—or to ask members to look on your profile page to review/comment about a logline or posted script, or to exchange work for peer review through email, I ask that we please refrain from any self-promotion within this thread. November Write Club is about supporting each other through the process of writing, cheering each other on as we all make progress towards our individual goals. All right? Does that make sense? We good here? ;)

Ryan D. Canty

Hey Beth! It has been a while! Yes...I'm working on a crime drama, or a slightly serialized procedural which is very much a first for me...we'll see how it goes!

Stephen Barber

I'm in, Beth! I'm going to write a pilot that I've been mapping for some time. Thanks for the push.

Evelien And Dorien Twins

@Beth we were busy outlining the horror feature in the thread before and looking for scripts because we've never really written any horror before. If only things would be so easy as just having an idea and going into production sito pronto, right? :D

Evelien And Dorien Twins

and we're double fist-bumping you right back!

Christopher Binder

Tomorrow coincidentally I begin writing my third.

Beth Fox Heisinger

YES! Katie, Stephen and Christopher, it's wonderful to have you all! Thank you so much for joining the Club! So Katie, what will you be working on this November? Stephen, can you share a little more about your pilot? I assume you're working on a first draft, yes? And Christopher, third feature, right? That's fantastic! Are you working on an outline this month or a rough draft, or perhaps both?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hey Ryan, that sounds great! I love crime drama! I look forward to hearing about your project and supporting your progress this month. Perhaps post it on your profile page at the end of the month. Club members could then check it out. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

I'll take that double fist bump! Thanks twins!

Lee Dunnavant (Lebo)

Hi Beth ... Thanks for this inspiration. Prompting "us" writers to share the process is an awesome thing.. As for video(ing) the production it's a possiblility ... I'll keep you posted..

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hey Steven! Great to have you! Wow, you have a lot going on right now. However it sounds like you'll be able to hit your November goal, having much of your third script worked out already. I'm sure it will all come together. Plus we're here to cheer you on. Onward and upward! ;)

Stacey Parshall Jensen

Good morning! I'm in. I'm working on a revision of a feature. It's an ghost story about a slave owner hunting boys in a government subsided housing complex. Pleasant, right? At the top of ACT III. I'm working off a detailed outline so this should go smoothly. (lol, she throws her head back and bellows. lol!) But I love having a place to check in and check on others. My goal is to get pages done on this draft by Wednesday. Then I have to revise two more feature scripts while I wait for notes on this one. That's the plan. Write on.

Jody Ellis

I would love to participate! I'm about 40 pages in on the first draft of a feature and have also been working on rewrites for an old script I'd like to revive. Already told myself I have to be done by end of Nov, so the timing for this is perfect.

Brandon Lee Roberts

Working on half-hour comedy pilot for EDDIE & OTTO, an Odd Couple-style roommate comedy-- only Oscar's a vampire. Because all roommates SUCK.

Debi Yazbeck

I'm in. I'm working on an outline for a new feature thriller. Ready to fill in the outline a little more and start writing.

Kathi Carey

I'm IN!! Rewriting a SciFi feature so let's see how this goes!

Julie Bliss Umbreit

I'm in! Planning to have a draft of a comedy finished by Nov. 20.

Tatiana Kim

I am in! :) I want to complete full-length first draft!! by Nov.31

Stephen Barber

Beth, yes. It'll be a first draft. I'm going to be writing a Pilot that feels like, "Orange Is The New Black" MEETS "Wild." A secluded and off-grid environment that houses the nations' worst juveniles is the only thing that separates the innocent from the evil. The best chance to prevent the spreading of heinous violence is to introduce to the group, a young teen who has everything to loose and has nothing in common. It's going to be fun!

Christopher Binder

@Beth I'm doing my own adaptation of Paradise Lost, something I've wanted to write since I was a freshman in college 7 years ago. Two features later I'm ready to go. It'll be divided into two stand alone feature scripts, the first focusing on the war in Heaven and the second focusing on Adam and Eve. I've spent the last 6 months primarily fleshing out the first since the war as told is only a chapter and half long in the book and I am oh so excited with what I've come up with. So excited it's finally time to start getting this epic baby down on paper. Time to take the plunge once more. Happy Writers better be watching out in a year or so.

Aray Brown

@Beth I'm in! Rewriting FEAR, 40 pages in the first draft of the TV pilot I've been working on. Hopefully I can push myself and finish both and start outlining this feature that's been nagging me. Reworking my characters since my MC isn't as interesting anymore

Anthony Moore

Im in. Im only 30 pages in on the first draft of my current screenplay. That means 3 pgs a day of work to get it done by deadline. I can do it.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hey Jody. Great to have you in the Club! That's what I'm doing this month as well—working on one rewrite and finishing a first draft on another. Hopefully, we'll both get there! ...Wait a minute, what am I saying, of course we will! Lol! :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Debi, wonderful to have you onboard! An outline for a thriller sounds great! The scripts I'm working on this month are both thrillers as well—my favorite genre! Lol! So your goal for this month is to have your outline finished and complete a first draft too?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Great to have you, Kathi! Wrapping up a rewrite this month sounds like a great goal! ;) Julie and Tatiana, welcome to the Club! However your project dates seem a little off—you do have until the 30th. Lol!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Okay, Stephen, a first draft. Your project sounds great! Thanks for sharing more. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

I'm so happy to hear the timing is right for a lot of projects this month! ;) Christopher, yes, didn't you post about this adaptation within another thread? It sounds great! So, I assume you will be focusing on one of those two related features?

Dave Briski

Finishing the 3rd re-write of my sci-fi/comedy. I need to kick my dialogue up a notch by replacing on-the-nose remarks with more subtle, witty humor...by November 30! :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Write on, Aray and Anthony M!!! Great to have you both in the Club! So you both are working on first drafts on features this month. Fantastic! And Aray you're also doing a TV pilot rewrite—you've been working on FEAR for a while now, right? I've seen you post it in "Your Stage." I'm sure it will all come together this month. We're here to help keep you motivated! ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hey Stacey, I see you found the ongoing thread! Wow, so you are working on—let me get this straight—THREE feature scripts?! You're revising three? Write on indeed! More power to you! Lol!

Aray Brown

Yes that's right, this will be the 6th draft but won't stop until I hit 10 or to where I'm confident. So glad I took my time to write the outline. Stage 32 always motivates me, that's what I love about this community.

Mark Mccoy

I decided to put aside all of my project expect one. This one keep jumping out at me. So I'm going to put time into it.

Beth Fox Heisinger

That's what I love too, Aray!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hey Mark, it's great to have you! Thanks for joining the Club! I hope we can help motivate you and keep you focused on that one chosen project. ;)

Kelly Krause

I'm in! Working on my first TV pilot! : )

Desiree Middleton

I'm in. I'll be working on scene by scene revisions of my family adventure screenplay. And eating a lot of Twinkies.

Barbara Hastings

I'm in. Need to finish 3 eps for my musical comedy horror webseries, plus logline and summary. Slightly daunting, but I will do my best! Glad to be here.

Christopher Binder

@Beth Yes. The Angelic War first, then The Fall of Man.

Margaree King Mitchell

I'm in! Starting first draft of a screenplay.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Kelly, Desiree and Barbara, Welcome to the Club! We're so happy to have you here!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Wow, lots of first draft writers this year! ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Welcome to Write Club, Margaree! It's wonderful to have you here. Can you share a little more about your project?

Marci McGuinness

I am in, too! I will be outlining a suspense thriller inspired by a true story during November. Great idea!

Donovan Barlow

Count me in! Currently working on a TV Pilot (Drama). I'm on page 28 and my goal is to have it completed by the second week of November. Good luck everyone! Reach those goals. Meet those deadlines. Believe in yourself!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Happy to have you here, Marci! Thanks for joining the Club. Will you be working on a rough draft of your suspense thriller as well?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Consider yourself counted, Donovan. Welcome to Write Club! Thank you for joining, and for motivating us all! ;)

Cam Clark

I'm in! During November, my goal is to complete the first draft of the screenplay based on my time travel novel.

Vivian Nesbitt

I am in! And hello btw. I have several scripts that I'd like to work on during November.

Tia Cherie Polite

Hello Write Club. I've been stumbling back and forth between two scripts I wanted to write but haven't made the type of progress on either I'm use to making. Was getting frustrated actually. Then I came across Write Club. Going to participate so I can get over my writing hump and knock out one, or both, of these scripts.

Candace D Patrick

I'm in! Finally started writing again a few days ago after too long of a hiatus. I have a script and a pilot in mind, but I'm going to focus on my feature screenplay for November!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hey Steven. Sure, you can ask members to check out your profile page. But please, again, let's not delve too far into self-promotion. That's not what this is about. I do, however, ask that all Write Club participants check out each other's profile pages, read loglines and offer review or comment—you can easily do so on each person's profile page. Remember participation is key! Support each other! Please do keep in mind: we will have ample space and opportunity to share our highs and lows, to talk about our work, and to report our progress on every weekly check-in blog. The first check-in blog is this Sunday. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi Vivian. It's great to have you! So what are the several scripts you'll be working on this month? Are they all features? Or perhaps shorts? Do tell. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Tia, I'm so happy to hear that Write Club has inspired you to join and to tackle your writing. :) I would suggest that you choose one script to focus on this month. If you've been frustrated and haven't made much progress, perhaps working on only one script would be best. Then to make progress, perhaps work out an outline first. Plan out the script, loosely or beat by beat, before writing a first draft. Of course every writer has a different process, so do what works best for you. But from your post it sounds like you don't have a clear direction for your story. With this 30-day deadline, perhaps an outline would be helpful. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Welcome to Write Club, Candace! It's wonderful to have you here. You just started writing again—that's great! I hope we can help keep you motivated all month long. So you're focusing on a feature? Are you working on an outline? Or a first draft? Or both?

Brandon H. Creighton

Beth we were fortunate to only have about 4/6 inches of water so we were able to save most of our stuff but as far as construction goes there's little difference between inches and feet. It's still a huge inconvenience and you can't live there during reconstruction...but we've been back in for over a month now...some friends won't be back in till the new year. As far as the script I'd like to finish the outline for sure. I have written two short screen plays in the past year and a half with one already shot and trying to get into Festival circuit. Next one goes into pre-production in the next few months. I have found I'm fairly decent on writing dialogue but a feature is a whole different beast so I need to hone the craft of starting correctly. Made the rookie mistake of just jumping in because I knew how I wanted to start it. It was supposed to be my next short but it just took off. So that's where I am at!

Zlatan Mustafica

I´m in and for the occasion´s sake I´m starting on a new script I´ve had in my mind for months but was too busy with other re-writes and stuff like that. So... Here we go! :)

Marci McGuinness

Tx, Beth. Yes, I will be writing the 1st draft as well. I just finished a script with the ScreenwritingU Pro Series and will be using Hal Croasmun's techniques to turn another of my books into a screenplay. Thrilled to be here.

David E. Gates

My new book, The Wretched, will be released by the end of the month. :-)

Aray Brown

still finding my way through the horror structure but learning is growing. So let's all grow!

Niksa Maric

I'm in and I might need some advices about screenwriting in general.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Zlatan! Wonderful to have you be part of Write Club! Thanks for joining in! Are you starting a new feature?—an outline and/or first draft? What genre? ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi Niksa. It's been a while! Great to see you again. Thanks for joining the Club. So what are you working on this month? What is your goal?

Beth Fox Heisinger

YES! It's KICK-OFF DAY! November first! You ready?! What is your goal for today?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Aray, sounds like you're working on structure, yes? Me, I'm hoping to revise/move things around/pound out 10+ pages, which is a lot for me. I usually work at a snail's pace—a very slow snail. Lol!

Zlatan Mustafica

Hi Beth! Thanks, great to be a part of this. And yes, it´s a new feature I´ve been planning a while and now it´s time to put a first draft in shape. It´s a sci-fi/dystopian drama set in a different human society not too far into the future. You could say it is in the vein of Bladerunner.

Niksa Maric

Thank you Beth. My goal? To be honest with all of you, the goal is to remove any doubt about WRITING RULES or FORMATTING when it comes to Screenplays. I have a lot of ideas and material to work on. RB has mentioned this many times before "We all have our "System" or "Way we do things" so, I'll explain "My way of doing things" and ask for advice, in case I'm doing something wrong. Since I always work on multiple scripts, I'll mention whatever script I need help with.

Jerry Gill

Hi. I have two questions. 1 - Is it too late to join challenge? 2- Can I begin with choosing in day or two? I always have multi projects going and need to decide which might benefit most with this challenge.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Sounds great, Zlatan! I look forward to hearing more about it in the weeks ahead!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi Jerry. No worries! Of course it's not too late. We've just begun! We're happy to have you be a part of Write Club. Welcome! ;)

Jerry Gill

Thanks, Beth. The wheels are turning.

Aray Brown

Actually structure and rewriting. think I'm getting warm on the structure front. time will tell, also feedback from my Stage 32 family. You work at a snail's pace? Good to know I'm not the only one lol. I get distracted easily.

Zlatan Mustafica

Thank you, Beth. Look forward to sharing it with you!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Niksa, I'm sorry to hear you've been dealing with some doubt — we all have. You are not alone. Perhaps it's a matter of adjusting perspective. There are no absolute rules to screenwriting. Much of it is subjective. So perhaps consider all the 'dos and don'ts' and blanket statements generally thrown around as "common practices" and/or "guidelines." We all know there are exceptions to everything, and each writing choice is relevant and dependent upon one's creative intent and the context of a particular screenplay. Writing is much more complex than simple black and white "rules." So I kindly suggest to take, learn and absorb as much as you can from many different resources that are available to you. Use what works what resonates, make it yours, and discard the rest. If you need some book recommendations or other tips, I'm sure Club members will be willing to share. I hope that helps!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Yup, you're not the only slow poke, Aray. Haha! I tend to spend a lot of time working things out in my head. I also love to refine things, I'm in a constant state of rewrite. Lol! Plus my life is very busy and chaotic — I distract very very easily. So part of the November challenge for me is to step up my daily production. Get it out of my head and on the page! Here's a tip for those of you with time/focus/schedule challenges: use a timer. That's right, I've resorted to tactics often used with children. Lol! Because I juggle so much during the day, it helps me to better manage my time. :)

Anna Kalnina

Hi, everyone, I am in as well. I will be working on the structure for my new screenplay, hope to get it to treatment stage by the end of the run. I will be busy doing other stuff this month, so this is the max I can really take at the moment. Hope to get there!

Amanda Toney - Stage 32 Next Level Education

I see some really familiar faces here and I can't believe how exciting this is back for year 2! Beth - thank you for coming up with this kick-in-the-butt motivation. I want to wish everyone the best of luck. Remember it's not the # of pages, it's not the # of minutes you write - it's your own personal goal and sticking to it. I'll be here cheering everyone on! Go writers go!

Elisabeth Meier

I'm in again. :)

Sadie Dean

This is so cool! I'm in. Time to really hunker down on that re-write I've been putting off for months. No more excuses! Excited to read about everyones progress this month! Write on!

Anthony Cawood

And Beth... I know this is a lot of work for you to keep up with the posts for the enitre month... so thanks in advance and I hope you find some time for your own goals!

Brandon H. Creighton

I'd like to get five scenes laid out today.

Bill Costantini

Beth doesn't sleep in November. Go, Beth, Go!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Wonderful to see you join in, Sadie! YES! Fantastic! And THANK YOU so much, Amanda! Love all the good vibes and well wishes! ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Thanks, Anthony! So sweet of you! And very very much appreciated! :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Okay, Brandon, you're doing five scenes. I'm working on 10 or so pages today. We got this!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Sleep? Who needs sleep? I live on coffee, can't you tell? Lol! So, Bill... You in? ;)

Niksa Maric

Hey Beth. You know what keeps me up? Coffee, cigarettes, chocolate and anxiety. It sounds like one of these Magic Potions labeled "For Screenwriters Only".

Bill Costantini

Beth: I'm not writing these days, but send everyone my best wishes. Good luck and Happy Writing, writers! Steven: I was there over the summer, and tried to contact you, but it appears you cut all of us non-New Yorkers out of your network. HAR-UMPH!

Mark Mccoy

How long should each act be in a teleplay or television script?

Niksa Maric

I know there is no rule but I've seen some table and assuming you are writing a 3 act episode, Teaser (3-6) pages, Act 1. (12-15) Act 2. About 20 pages and act 3. (12-15) pages. Each page is about 1 minute.

David Levy

Mark: if it is a 5 Act Teleplay, 12 pages per Act give or take. The first few Acts at times have more pages than the last 2 Acts. It's a guideline so do with it as you will.

David Levy

Little late to the party here all! Working on two small rewrites and fleshing out three new one hour pilot concepts in between hospital visits with my father-in-law. So I will be getting done what I can over the next few weeks. Rock n' Roll!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hey Niksa, it's just coffee mixed with a little dash of anxiety that fills my cup. Haha! ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Well, I'm more of a feature writer, but the industry standard for the page count of a one hour-drama is between 45 and 63 pages—50-55 is generally where you want to be. For half-hour comedies, this count needs to be between 22 and 32 pages. So it depends on which format you are writing, Mark. Here's an article I found, perhaps it will be helpful to you: https://screencraft.org/2016/01/05/the-screenwriters-guide-to-formatting....

Randa Karambelas

I'm in. #shit2dob4Idie #community

Stacey Parshall Jensen

Thought about the goal I set yesterday when I joined this write club and stayed longer at the page today. Tomorrow I can finish the last of Shipside. Do a read through and then pass this draft onto my readers. Whew! It feels good to be so close to finishing up this draft. It's also hard to not get into the next project in my mind before I finish this one. lol!

Sean Frost

I'm in.

Nancy Golden

Step 1: Write a kickass sci-fi adventure novel that appeals to a wide range of audiences for its action, humor, and romance that ultimately comments on the importance of relationships as the main characters struggle against many obstacles to save an alien race while providing clean energy for the future of the human race. Step 2: Write a screenplay based on Step 1. I am about 45,000 words into Step 1 and am using our Write Club to bring it to my targeted 80,000 - 85,000 words... Best wishes everyone - Let's do this!

Sallie Allen

Today's goal: OUTLINE first of 2 shorts I want to complete this month.

Aray Brown

Huge wrench thrown - my nephew is here

Nancy Golden

Today's goal: Complete Chapter 23 changes due to minor plot revision and finish chapter, in preparation for starting Chapter 24 tomorrow. Mute the cellphone, close out Facebook and email - Let's go! :)

Niksa Maric

This is not a question, it's more like a confirmation. ACCURACY. We all do things differently but some writers don't pay attention when it comes to accuracy, in this case, the accurate scene location. If you mess this part up, no manager, agent or producer will ever take you seriously, no matter how good your story is. It all depends what you write about but if you have some of well known public buildings, monuments, famous places mentioned in your scripts, there can be no mistakes. I'm just asking for some opinions regarding this but I'm sure some or most of you did the same thing (at one point). I have a scenes in various scripts that take place in the White House, Pentagon, this secret White House underground bunker...etc. I extracted every possible scene location I could find from some of the scripts, like the West Wing and some others that mention The White House. I'm I doing something wrong here? Just to be clear, I don't even need any lines from any writers, just the accurate description of some place or location. I know I probably sound like an amateur but, if any of us gets this part wrong, we are good as dead. Would any of you agree with this Accurate Scene Location theory or if you have some other way, please let me know.

Nancy Golden

@Niksa - I am facing something very similar with my science fiction novel. What I strive for is credibility. I make sure that my "science" is plausible if not possible (and I have a physicist friend to check me and make sure I am not being ludicrous - I don't mind stretching the imagination and that is also part of the fun, as long as it doesn't come across as ridiculous), and I research locations. One scene takes place at CERN so I researched CERN thoroughly online so that my locations make sense, but I don't minutely study every detail. And...we are talking about a work of fiction, so I also believe you have some leeway. I read somewhere that one director goes to the extreme of actually having the trash in waste baskets that are in the scene be trash that actually reflect what would have been there in reality - even though no one would ever see it that closely. One thing to remember is that while there are rules, writing is very subjective. What one person loves, another person may label as drivel. One person would think that "trash accuracy" is great - another would think it a colossal waste of time and resources. If I were you, I wouldn't drive yourself crazy with this. GOOD SOLID writing that tells a well-told story will garner a lot of attention - even if there is 1-2 "oops" in it buried within. Just my opinion ;)

Carrice Quinnie

Yes, I'm in!

Barbara Hastings

So yesterday (It's Nov 2 here) I began outlining 5 x5 minute scripts for my webseries. That was great! And instead of trying to insanely smash out 'goals' and kill my self doing it, a habit of mine that has slowly broken me down over the years, I have decided to set small, manageable targets and rejoice if they are not met. Failing forward. Enjoying the reduced pressure. And today I simply want to outline my crowdfunding video, and consider the C story for each ep of the series. Loving this group!

Niksa Maric

Nancy, I know exactly what you mean. I have some Sci-Fi scripts and in Sci-Fi we all predict what the future might look like, what are the living conditions on some planet, its size, atmosphere, color, the technology in general. We have to describe these things, the way we see the movie scenes while we play them in our heads and all of it needs to make a little sense, because it's part of the story and because it's Science Fiction. But, in this case no one can trash any of us if we are accurate. If someone does, he/she is not worthy a second of our time. Does any of this make sense, I'm not sure but there are cases where writers got a big PASS for being sloppy when it comes to this. Anyway, the list of locations INT. or EXT. when it comes to the White House, Pentagon, any landmark in L.A. or New York is always the same and once I have all the possible scene locations, that's it. What I write about is what makes the story Interesting, good or not so good. Thank you for taking time to write all that but I'm not gonna gamble by giving someone even a chance to trash me based on Wrong Location.

Jorge J Prieto

Wow! Everyone's on a roll. I love all the new and known faces. Good luck all, let's have fun and encourage one another. BETH is the greatest champion leader.

Linda Hullinger

Today's goal is to rewrite the ending of my TV pilot....so far I'm half way there. :-)

Nancy Golden

@Niksa - I admire your dedication to accuracy, Niksa. My physicist friend is actually on the team that discovered the Higgs boson and conducts research at CERN. He mentioned that Dan Brown was not very plausible in what he depicted in his story line - yet the book and subsequent movie was a success. I am not saying don't be accurate (I do lots and lots of research so that I am at least plausible which adds to the enjoyment of the story), I am just saying don't go to such extremes that it steals your joy. It's all about the story ;) I LOVE Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing and he is known for doing his research - yet the TV set is not very accurate: http://www.whitehousemuseum.org/special/wwtv.htm It's all about the story :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Niksa, accuracy/truth is extremely important to me as well; being authentic with the story, characters, settings, etc. The level of accuracy often depends on your subject matter. However as a screenwriter you need not go overboard with details. Capture enough to be "right." Most of the research I do for a story I end up not using it, but yet it informs my writing. The goal is to paint a vivid picture in the mind of the reader. My thought, keep reading scripts from TV shows/films that deal with similar topics and themes as you are creating. See how the pros deal with it and follow their lead. :)

Nancy Golden

"Most of the research I do for a story I end up not using it, but yet it informs my writing. The goal is to paint a vivid picture in the mind of the reader." Love this! Thanks, Beth!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Wow! So many great goals for our first day! :) David, it's so good to see you! It's been a while. Wonderful to have you in Write Club. Are you sure you can do all that? I don't want anyone over stressing themselves! Lol!

Aray Brown

Me too Linda, me too. 19 pages to go on mine ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

And Jorge! Great to see you too! Thanks for joining in! Always appreciate your support and encouragement. Wow, it's like the band is getting back together. Lol!

Izzibella Beau

Beth, where do we post our updates and respond to other's work. I've decided to change my project for this adventure. I'm going to try and finish my pilot episode and create a series bible for a script that I've been working on. It's based on my Assumptions book series. Still doing the Nanowrimo also, it's going to be a busy month. Can't wait to see everyone's creations.

Matt Hurd

So excited for this! I'm in. Starting a Page One rewrite of a pilot.

David Levy

Always ncie to be missed, BethI take each day as it comes! I've been around, just haven't been as active. Issues with both my wife and father-in-law's health took up most of my time, but I never stopped writing or percolating ideas. Over the summer I completed another pilot before I took the Stage 32 Mentor Series of How To Write a Series Bible with Michael Poisson. That took some time to complete but well worth the time! Been reading more scripts than I used to regardless of the time it takes me. Will be working on a few outlines before the end of the month. I thrive off of stress. No worries Beth, in due time I'll spread my genius around (note the sarcasm and bullshit).

Beth Fox Heisinger

Izzibella, go ahead and post your updates in this thread. Or post your update on the first check-in blog this coming Sunday. :)

Nancy Golden

@Izzibella - Wow - You are amazing! I am doing Write Club with my novel INSTEAD of Nanwrimo - you are doing both! I thought Write Club would accomplish the same outcome but would give me more flexibility and allow me to be more independent in my goal setting...and help me get to know the Stage32 community. Best wishes on all of your writing endeavors!

Bill Costantini

I look forward to the November Write Club After-Party at RB's place....last year was hella good....converting his hot-tub into a Champagne-Filled Cold Tub was one of the coolest things I've ever seen! How can RB top that this year?

Niksa Maric

Nancy and Beth. I know what you mean but you know how everyone will advise any one of us: if you wanna learn how things are done (in this line of work) you have to read and that's what I do. I read a lot and when I find some location or settings, I simply copy it. I never go into small details, there's no need, it's pointless even if you MUST do it that way because things inside or outside keep changing all the time, I just need to be sure I got the location and settings right. I honestly don't care what color wallpapers anywhere are or how big is sofa, just important details about settings matter. I remember reading once on some site where a script consultant tried to explain to some writer who in his script described a sound of rocket in space. The consultant told him, there's no sound in space and he was 100 percent right but the writer asked a few times, how come, why not.... These details I do care about and I'd rather spend an hour or two on research than sound stupid. As for the goals, on December 1st, I'll post whatever I complete this month (various scripts).

Christopher Binder

Alrighty. Here. Goes. Nothing.

Beth Fox Heisinger

David, I'm so sorry to hear about your family's recent health problems. I hope everyone is doing okay. ....You know, you never cease to amaze me—and that's no bullshit. Lol! I look forward to hearing more about your projects in the weeks to come. :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

YES! Matt! I'm so happy to have you in the Club. Thanks for joining in! I look forward to hearing about your progress this month too. :) ...So the big November Write Club After-Party at RB's, think we could pass out club jackets this year? ;-)

Lin Jusan

My body is ready! And remember "Good ideas star with great coffee", Succes!

Laura Koons

Count me in too!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Barbara, thanks for sharing a great tip: set small, manageable targets and rejoice if they are or are not met. That's what I'm doing this November, setting daily goals. Hopefully this 30-day exercise will help me better manage not only the work, but my schedule and my anxiety. By focusing on smaller tasks, within a larger goal, you can make steady progress. Better roll with the punches when that's all you can do. For example, I was doing well today, and like Aray, "life" blew up and I had to adjust. So it's gonna be a late night for me! But I still should be able to hit my goal.

Barbara Hastings

After party?? Hot tub??! I am now tempted to fly in from Sydney for this!

Christopher Binder

To begin... To begin... How to start? I'm hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think. Maybe I should write something first, then reward myself with coffee. Coffee and a muffin. So I need to establish the themes. Maybe a banana nut. That's a good muffin.

Aray Brown

Doing whatever I have to do to get some writing in. Got a coffee machine so there's that

Aray Brown

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

Jody Ellis

Make lemonade. Or coffee. ;-)

Barbara Hastings

I prefer to make margaritas with those lemons. Who's with me?

Christopher Binder

Lol that's a ritual I perform before starting a new feature. Guess neither of you have seen Adaptation recently.

Tamim Almousa

Hi! Pretty much done with this draft. There've been many before it, but I think this one could be it - I've been working on this (feature) since January. Right now, I'm preoccupied with a line of dialogue that could be funnier. Said line, if you're curious, is "Y'all need Jesus" and is uttered by an old, black lady, having overheard a young man reciting a distasteful theory on sex and money to his friend. Trite, I know. It was originally a placeholder. Suggestions for a replacement? P.S I apologize if this isn't the place for me to ask. Thanks, Tamim

John Michael German

Dear November Write Club: Below is what I plan to, well, also write this month; Let me know your thoughts. Title: Enter Write Club. Conceptual Idea: Four writing friends, looking to to find encouragement, and possibly some help with their writing, stumble upon a website that promotes exactly what they are looking for. Each writer has to sign up on their own, and than once registered, they must accept by clicking the "Enter Write Club" button; Unknowingly to them, there is a disclaimer that once you enter, you can't leave until the write club is finished. Once entered, the four writers are morphed into a fantasy writing land; A mythical world with scenery filled with everything related to writing: A handwritten clock, that erases each number, counts down, streets lined like lined notebook paper, and random street signs labeled "Draft Avenue", and "Rewrite Circle". The four friends, writers, will soon find out they didn't just enter any write club, but a writers club game that will be like anything they have or will ever experience again - overlooked by the head writers club madam. The Enter Write Club's countdown is ticking ... Sincerely, John German

Barbara Hastings

Wow! I just did it! I toyed around with C stories, and wrote the basic outline and some of the dialogue for my crowdfunding video. Crap, that feels good. And we are only on Day 2. Well, Day 2 here in Australia. Happy Day 2 to everyone else in advance! Margaritas at mine if you are in Sydney.

Beth Fox Heisinger

I got it, Christopher. Lol! :-)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi Tamim. ...Yeah, not quite sure how that's relevant to this thread? Are you working on a project or something that you would like to finish by the end of the month? Perhaps you are working on a rewrite of the script you mentioned?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Dear John. You don't enter Write Club. You join. ...So are you? Joining, that is?

Tamim Almousa

Yes, Beth. I'm finishing up a draft, trying to top funny lines of dialogue and so on and so forth.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Great! We're happy to have you be a part of Write Club, Tamim. But if you are looking for specific personal feedback on a particular line of dialogue, then those requests would probably be better placed in "Your Stage." With so many participants in Write Club, we're more focused on everyone's 30-day goals and how we can support each other while working towards those goals. ;)

Tamim Almousa

Sounds, good. Thanks.

Aray Brown

I'm printing tickets for my mother and she's frustrating the hell outta me and I'm frustrated that I said yes back when she asked to live with me. love the house. hate the Living situation. I'm stressed out. I need a strong drink

Jorge J Prieto

Hang in there, Aray. We only got one mom. Have a Long Island Iced tea. It'll definitely put you in a good mood. Good luck girlfriend. I will be starting to write my ninth screenplay, in a few days. I will call this one, " Infamy."

Candace D Patrick

Thanks for the welcome Beth! I've finished my outline so I'm diving into the first draft. 10 pages in so far!

Jorge J Prieto

Congrats, Candace! You're on a roll, girl.

Zlatan Mustafica

Alright! I´m 18 pages into the script, my pretty eyes (no they´re not) were tired so I took a nap. It´s 7.32 a.m, on 11/2 right now (where I am). Today, I´m going through those 18 pages I managed to write yesterday, re-write those and hopefully I can keep the momentum going. BARBARA- Please, send one of those Margaritas my way? Thank you! :) But first? Coffee!!! And lots of it! :) Have a good night sleep my U.S friends and I will see you again on the other side of the moon :) Beth probably is awake so I´ll probably have her to talk to since she is like a real time Wonder Woman. :)

Izzibella Beau

@Nancy thanks for the compliment, but I wouldn't call myself amazing. Maybe crazy and determined. After 12 books and being in Nano for the past three years, I think it's easy to rip out a book in 30 days. Now, the real issue is trying to get a pilot and bible developed, that's the challenge. I saw that you were writing sci-fi adventure, that's so cool, I wish had that talent to write those sorts of stories. Can't wait to see what you got going on.

Brian Walsh

Great to see such a good turn out for this. I'm working on my first edit/rewrite of my Hero script. The first draft was pretty good (compared to my other first drafts) which tells me I'm learning, but I want to get it in feedback shape so this will be a good incentive to push hard and get some coverage when I'm done.

Dale Lippman

My goal is to turn my latest rewrite of a historic drama into a short story. By using an autobio style, the character of the teller-hero, scene descriptions, tone, and premise should develop. How could I post it, in case anyone might read it mid-November and offer comments?

Stephen Barber

I did some outlining yesterday and plan on organizing my scenes today. Just checking in and holding myself accountable. Onward my fellow Creatives.

Desiree Middleton

I'm up to page 7 in the revision of my family-friendly adventure script. and I'm loving how much richer my characters feel on the page. I'm going scene by scene so I did seven pages in 3 hours.

Beth Fox Heisinger

YES!! Fantastic everyone! Amazing! I'm so happy for you all. You guys are making me feel emboldened. Lol! I should be able to better hunker down today. I had a late night as well. And I'm now hitting the coffee. Hell, even "wonder woman" needs coffee—too funny, Zlatan! Totally cracked me up! ..Okay, here we go! Day two!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Whoops!! I meant Zlatan. Lol! Sorry about that. ...Apparently I haven't had enough coffee yet! I'll go back and edit my previous comment. ;)

Ryan D. Canty

Just popping in briefly. I did a little work on my pilot...I need to change the story engines for it and I've been coming up with some interesting options. I'll be researching those today at work (nothing happening at my job) and decide on one later tonight! Yaaay!

David Levy

"David, I'm so sorry to hear about your family's recent health problems. I hope everyone is doing okay." Thank you for the concern. My father-in-law had a kidney transplant done 9 years ago. Last week, they found one of his heart valves needed replacement. Because his heart was working overtime, his kidney was working harder. Now his kidney isn't working at optimal performance because of the heart issues and has to go back on kidney dialysis for the rest of his life. He's 74 and just like me, a fighter to the end. "You know, you never cease to amaze me—and that's no bullshit. Lol!" Thank you kindly. I never see myself in the light others see me in. I just do what I need to do to move forward and if that provides inspiration or motivation to others, bonus! Have to get back to work on fleshing out those three new one hour drama pilot concepts. Hope to start one of the outlines in a few weeks! Once I know which one it is, I'll let you know!

Linda Perkins

Writing has been made a little easier since I've installed FD10. Having my beat board just a click away and scrolling rather than turning cards/pages, makes for higher production. Bill C. I'll miss your input!

Zlatan Mustafica

Oh, dear Beth! You´re forgiven haha :) You´re also based on the west coast of the U.S, right? You sure are up early if my math serves me well. My mother laughed at me today by the way. She asked me how my brain was, since I kind of live on PST- time since connecting with a director in L.A. Is this what jet-lag feels like??? Ánywhooooo, still going strong over here. Page 33 and I have a good amount of hours in me left, well, Before I crash completely :) Where do I get the energy? I just love what I do. And I love you guys! Coffee, type, coffee, type, coffee, type.... Bathroom brake, coffee, type! :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

My dear, Zlatan. You are too kind. ;) Yup, I'm located in the Seattle area. Wow, you must be on some sort of sleep deprivation high or something. Hey, whatever works, right? Lol! ...Okay, more coffee for me!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Okay, I just have to laugh at myself... I can't seem to type very well right now. I keep making mistakes. Hmmm, perhaps I should lay off the coffee... LOL! Anyhoo, happy writing! May everyone's day be a productive one! ;)

Zlatan Mustafica

I´m actually used to it. For a long time I wrote only at night so I guess my body adjusted or something. Which, of course, as a writer I am SO grateful for. But enough about me :) What´s the plan for today, Wonder Woman? :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Well, the plan today is: (1) switch from coffee to water; and (2) work on a rewrite—the first 25-50 pages or so. I have a large block of time today with little interruption, so I hope to make a major leap in progress. ;)

Nancy Golden

Luke is my other accountability partner. He is a little upset that I didn't finish Chapter 23 yesterday because I promised we would play when I was done, before starting Chapter 24. I better get busy!

Niksa Maric

Beth, switching from coffee to CoffeeLight won't work, you know that, right? Oh, forgive my weird interpretation of English but Water without Coffee is just that, CoffeeLight.

Tony Gaud

I'll take whatever coffee you're not having! In post, need to get subtitles on the current project.

Zlatan Mustafica

Awesome, Beth! Sounds like a sound plan! You can do it!

Laura Ann Grimaldi

Gonna try this!

Amanda Toney - Stage 32 Next Level Education

Nancy - you can't let Luke down! ;) Great to have such a cute accountability partner!

Niksa Maric

Laura - Try what, coffee light? Don't.

Jerry Gill

Short version - 2 projects for Challenge: Notes in Vic novels and blog posts. First task done - decided what to work on for challenge. Kind of cheating maybe, because I would be working on one anyway. Two things I’m pulling first 5 novels in my series to add a page of “Notes” (and think of something better to call it). Each novel has a cameo by real person, at least one cryptid and lots of little mentions of daily life that most people are unaware of (1920’s). Anyone else do this or have suggestions? Not totally an idea out of thin air. Graham Masterton early horror novels - The Manitou in particular - had actual news article at beginning. This is just a tweak to that. I read yesterday how others have had people say they were wrong about historical facts. Me, too, and so far they have all been wrong but it is still irritating, so this might lessen the incidence. Also, I am a Nancy Drew fan (originals) and they always had bits of reality in them. (I like to think of my character as Nancy Drew with a gun and war ax.) 2nd task for challenge is 4 blog posts. Can’t get myself to blog - would rather write novels - but keep hearing that I “should” blog. So I will try to write 4 things to begin posting weekly after holidays. Maybe I can keep going if I have a running start. In spare time will be working on illustrated story, but not totally in control as I am editing around illustrations as they arrive. For fun I’m beginning book 7 in series.

Nancy Golden

Thanks, Amanda - and you are right! But Luke just doesn't understand when I pause to do some research - he thinks I am playing on the internet ;) I have another cute accountability partner too but he can't come in the house - Pistol is grazing in a pasture right now wondering when I am going to finish the book...

Niksa Maric

Amanda, a woman with the hypnotizing voice. Always an honor and privilege to see or hear you. How is sunny L.A. this morning?

Amanda Toney - Stage 32 Next Level Education

@Nancy - you'll definitely need to bring those partners to the Stage 32 office some time!

Amanda Toney - Stage 32 Next Level Education

@Niksa - my favorite Croatian. Sunny LA is great - gearing up for our first day at AFM, so about to drive into Santa Monica and hopefully find new and exciting opportunities to make the Stage 32 community proud :) How's Croatia today?

Bia Siqueira

Hi Bety <3 I have just arrived here at S32 :) Literally. I'm from Brazil, and I'd like to understand a little bit more about November 30-day write club, I'm right now imersed on all the site content to get a little more familiar. :) Happy to be here <3

Niksa Maric

Amanda, not so sunny, no sun at all to be honest. 8:36 PM, light rain but still warm. What's AFM, sounds like All Female (something) or is it movie related. Do I sound like someone who knows so little about life? I hope not.

Anthony Cawood

Changing my goals... in addition to my feature re-write, I'm going to finish the kids book adaptation that I'm 10 pages into...

Dale Lippman

Sweet to hear how being creative stays balanced with real companions like nephews and horses! My short story version is at the 2% mark, but 12 days at 3 pgs/day avr will do it. The hero's autobio informs me of his sense of humor, with some endearing self-deprecation.

Linda Hullinger

Aray, were you able to finish your revisions to your ending? I didn't get to finish revising the end of mine yet. Tried again this morning but distraction knocked at my door once again. I am now regrouping and shooting for this afternoon. And Nancy, wow! What a beautiful horse! You are so fortunate to have him as an accountability partner.

Linda Hullinger

Beth, just wanted to say thanks again for getting this started! Each day when I click on my email address (I have a separate one for Stage 32) and see the long list of posts from all the enthusiastic writers, it motivates me to keep working on my own projects. :-)

Amanda Sromek

Overwhelmed! Trying to stay present with the gift of writing while not letting the pressures of $$$ and NYC creep into the "you're not good enough" mind and heart place. Hope to finish my 1st rough draft of my VR screenplay this month.

Nancy Golden

Thanks, Linda - when I need to recharge and refresh a horseback ride on my best equine friend never fails! Amanda T. - I would love to bring my buddies with me for a visit - they are very people oriented and my horse will make himself at home wherever there is a horse cookie to be found...if you are ever in the Dallas area - Pistol would love to give you a ride!

Nancy Golden

Amanda S. - Hang in there! Writing is very subjective and you have to have thick skin - study your craft and write from the heart and ignore those voices of discouragement...best wishes on your latest endeavor!

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

Hey Beth, OMG. I just found out you're doing this again this year on my Twitter Page. One of our S32 friends tweeted to me... so I'm a bit late for the party, Timing is everything because I've just started a 'horror' class and this will help motivate me to get it done in 30 days. I'm starting with a beat sheet and then an Outline. It's my first crack at horror. & I have no idea what I'm doing... hence the class ... so being here again with you and fellow writers, old friends and new... I'm very excited. Please remind me... do we post every day on this thread? To all the newbies... Welcome... and you're in for a real treat with Beth at the helm. Love you girl. It's been a while.

Margaree King Mitchell

Beth, you wanted more information about my screenplay. I'm working on the first draft of a Christian drama.

Jorge J Prieto

Sylvia! So, great to hear and have you here, girlfriend!!!

Jorge J Prieto

Every Sunday, you can post your progress in a separate thread that RB will set up.

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

@Bill... yes an After Party at RBs place would be sweet. Maybe Skype it from L.A. LOL.

David Levy

Better late than never, Sylvia! Welcome aboard. You're giving horror a try for the first time and I'm fleshing out my first two character driven TV one hour pilots. Should be a fun month!

Aray Brown

Linda, no I wasn't. My mother and I had a big argument last night and I wasn't in the mood to create, which is sad to say, but I calmed down a little bit this morning. I'm in a better mood now and ready to create. On my pilot, I only have one idea that I'm praying will manifest into more. Didn't really do an outline for it when I began writing the episode. Thanks for the encouragement Jorge! Wasn't able to get a drink but will invest in Long Island Iced Tea mix.

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

@Jorge J... thanks sweetie... so happy you're here too!!! Happy writing. PM me anytime.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hey Linda, you are very welcome. All these positive, creative vibes do help motivate! I'm so thankful to all of you who really make this meaningful. ;)

Linda Hullinger

Oh, I’m sorry to hear that, Aray. I have found that when I have a blow up with a friend or family member, or if they’ve done something they’re not even aware of that’s sending me over the edge, I vent it all on paper. Then I save those papers for later when I need to write an angry scene and it brings all those emotions right back to mind, but for a creative purpose. And, as a bonus, their stuff doesn’t bother me anymore because I’ve released it. Anyway, good luck with tonight’s creative pursuits!

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

@David... Yes... what a way to get motivated with all these people around us!!! ... I just started the horror class and already I'm moaning and groaning... so this is perfect.

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

@Brian Walsh... hey... so glad you're here as well. How's it going?

Beth Fox Heisinger

YES!!! Sylvia! I'm so happy to have you be a part of Write Club again, sweetie! It's never too late. The month has just begun. I'm really looking forward to hearing more about your first crack at horror. That's a genre I've been interested in as well, but have not yet dared. Although that may be next on my list. Anyhoo, welcome back to the Club! Lol! ;)

Aray Brown

Thanks Linda! Sylvia, I love that you're doing horror

Beth Fox Heisinger

Anthony, you're writing a childrens book adaptation as well this month? Sounds wonderful!!! ...Hmmm, unless. It's not something like "The Babadook," is it? Just saying... Cause you do write some damn good horror. Lol! ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Margaree, thanks for sharing more about your project. Sounds great! I hope you are off to a great start. :)

Desiree Middleton

@Bia welcome to Stage 32.

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

@Niksa... lol... AFM is the American Film Market... where folks with money buy and sell. It's a big deal... but I liked your 'All Female' take on it. :-)) I think someone is either buying or selling a Sharon Tate Biopic down there...

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

@Aray... I'm really stepping out of my comfort zone... To prepare I've started watching 'horror' movies... Yikes. After I watched 'Hush" on Netflix last week, I couldn't sleep that night. So it'll be interesting to see how scared and terrorized I can make myself in my writing. LOL.

Anthony Cawood

Ha Beth, you know me too well... but in this instance it's an adaptation of a kids story based on an update to a biblical tale - a little different to my norm ;-) Does remind me that I'm finally supposed to take delivery of my Babadook this month, http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/en_uk/blog/haunt-your-home-with-the-r... Cannot wait!

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

Hey Miss Beth... thank you. So looking forward to it this year... if you recall last year was a washout in the club as I was invited to attend the Bahamas Screenwriting Residency Program through Screencraft for a week. It was a totally awesome. experience.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Man, that is different than your norm, Anthony. Lol! But still. It sounds wonderful! :) ...Funny, I was just wondering if you had received your copy of The Babadook, yet? I would love a copy! I looked over the link you posted, but didn't see a way to order one? They made 6,000 books... I take it that was through some sort of private order? Dang!

Niksa Maric

Sylvia. First I thought that's short for some All Fur Managers convention. Then I thought, it can't be that. Then again, why not, it's L.A. anything's possible. Thank you for clearing that up. A quick question. Would you go like to see a convention where managers are all dressed like that, I'm talking about head to toe coverage, tail would be optional. I would.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Ah ha! Yes, I remember, Sylvia. You had to bow out... for an amazing opportunity! I remember you talking about your experience. Very cool! ;) ...Well, you are ours this time around, missy. Lol! Say, what is this horror class you are currently taking? Is it online?

Anthony Cawood

Unfortunately the book was a limited run, so unless any start appearing on Ebay (or they re-print), you'll have to content yourself with some pics of mine when it finally arrives!

Jorge J Prieto

@Sylvia: Wasn't HUSH, great? Mm..

Aray Brown

@Sylvia I'm picking up John Truby's horror genre audio series

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

@Jorge... Yes... it was definitely riveting and scary... I really found myself holding my breath a few times... One location, a 2-hander basically. I didn't sleep well that night... now if I could only write something like that.

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

@Niksa... uummm, no.

Beth Fox Heisinger

I hope everyone had a productive day, hitting those goals! ;) As we head towards the latter part of this week, we'll have our first check-in blog on Sunday.

Barbara Hastings

Goal for today: write woman in woman fight scene where weapons are various cooking utensils. Putting the comedy back into horror since 2016.

Barbara Hastings

Ok, that should have said woman ON woman. And even that phrase sounds like I am writing porn. Which I am not. Just to be clear. Sigh.

Jorge J Prieto

Love what you said, Barbara. Lol. Okay, tonight I start typing. Like Stephen King says, "the scariest part, is starting" or something to that effect. But, once that first scene is in front of me and I pretty much got my ending as a roadmap, the rest is just hitting the computer every night for the next 28 days. Good luck fellow screenwriters!! BETH, love you.

Jorge J Prieto

As I begin writing my screenplay for Write Club, here's an article that is always helpful to me, from Michael Hauge. Hope you some of you, if you haven't already seen it, find it helpful as well, in the spirit of this website, as our leader Richard "RB" Botto, would say. http://www.storymastery.com/writing-style/dont-summarize/

Cam Clark

Ready. Set. GO! I've been watching the steady stream of comments over the last couple of days and feeling the energy flowing from this amazing group. Now, I finally have a few minutes to sit down and take that first step towards my goal. First step is to remind myself what's already in the script. Keep that encouragement coming. Cheers!

Roxanne Paukner

Hey, hope I'm not too late to get in on this! Not sure what I'll set as my goal for this month, but fixing a spec script, writing a better logline (etc EVERYTHING else to pitch it)...

Jorge J Prieto

Welcome, Cam & Roxanne. There are no limits, no rules, just positive and and encouragement feedback.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Cam and Roxanne, I'm so happy that the creative energy swirling within this group has inspired you both to join and to dive into your chosen projects. I'm smiling ear to ear. Love it!

Nancy Golden

Thanks for the article link, Jorge - a concise and insightful read!

Nancy Golden

Update: Luke is happy, I didn't make my goal today but we did get to play. Tomorrow is always another day! Pistol on the other hand, will be waiting out in the pasture until Sunday... Hope everyone is making good progress but if life gets in the way - don't get frustrated - get a good night's sleep and start fresh again tomorrow. Thanks for the encouragement and great conversation all - Good Night!

Aray Brown

This day has been less than productive but tonight I'm determined to write . Will brew 10 cups of coffee and set the timer for five hours. Happy writing all! Good things only happen when we apply ourselves

Dale Lippman

Dear Aray, Still the 1st week of November. Stay well & enjoy progress. What's your week's goal?

Aray Brown

to finish two projects at a time

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hang in there, Aray! And if you don't quite get done what you wish tonight, tomorrow's another day. ;)

Zlatan Mustafica

Writer´s Write Club log... Earth-date... Nov 3rd, 2016... 8.24 a.m ... A cold, very cold morning in Northern Europe makes me wanna crawl back into bed. I´m up, zombie-walking into the shower after starting the most important thing I own (after my laptop) - the coffee-maker... After grabbing a mandatory cup of morning coffee, I sit down and start looking over the 53 pages I´ve managed to put down in two days. Not bad... Not bad at all... Good boy, Z!... I log onto holy website that is Stage 32 and read comments in this thread... I am home ... Keep going you guys! Today, I will push further with this new script but I will also step away from it after few hours and work on another one just to keep myself on track in every way... Look forward to Reading about your day as your day unfolds! :)

Marci McGuinness

What a turnout! I had originally planned on roughing out an outline for a new screenplay. I just finished the Pro Series at ScreenwritingU (7 months, whew!) and am pitching my new screenplay BUT the pitch which they had me pare down to a short HOOK page in the class is getting turned down by producers that I pitch here on stage32 because it has too little info... SO I am rewriting the pitch for the 100th time during this month and hoping I can get it right with a little help from co-writers! It did have more info before the last critique. AH! I have written 2 books and a screenplay on this subject but condensing it down to a page gives me more trouble than anything. LOL If I get it right and have the time, I will also begin the new outline, BUT this takes precedence. Oh, the life of a writer!

Dale Lippman

By week's end, plan is to give each scene a title & description that tweaks the beat outline, and then a short story will sum things up. The process will also strengthen my pitch & a few scenes improved on the way. I'm glad that various posts prompted me to try this.

Marci McGuinness

OR I may make a few changes to my new screenplay. I love the beginning and end, but believe it needs a bit of work in the 2nd act. It is inspired by a true story to which I own the rights (as author). I look forward to Sunday's posts and will have a rewritten pitch for Speed King! ready by then. Using the feedback I am already getting has been very valuable to the improvement of this type of writing. After writing 36 books, I am long winded once you get me rolling. haha

Martyn John Armstrong

Just joined Stage 32 and this was one of the first things I saw on the Twitter page - great concept, I'll definitely see what I can complete before November's end. I'm still gearing up to draft my first feature-length spec script so I think the pre-drafting work is something to aim for, finish a second draft of novel would also be plausible, and hopefully I'll also be able to pitch some of my short scripts to a producer. Sounds doable

Nancy Golden

Woo Hoo! Good Morning All! Let's Go!

Linda Hullinger

Good morning, everyone! Just finished revising the ending to my pilot....again. And I actually kind of like it now. lol Congrats to you Steven. 80 pages is awesome! And Hi, Sylvia. So cool that you're writing horror! That's my next challenge after I complete this TV pilot. Good luck with it!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Good Morning/Good Day, Write Club! :))) Nancy and Steven, I'm absolutely loving this daily greeting and cheer section. ...Man, I sure need it. I'm dragging a bit on Day 3, so I greatly appreciate it! It sounds like you two are making great progress. ;) Zlatan, you just make me smile. Haha! It sounds like you finally did get some rest! ...after writing 53 pages in two days! That's amazing! Wow!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Marci, it sounds like you have a lot going on this month—oh, the life of a writer, indeed! Dale, you too! ;) If you both by chance did not see the pitch template/notes made available by Happy Writers, here it is. I hope it's helpful: https://www.stage32.com/sites/stage32.com/files/cake/screenplays/57ee922.... ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi Martyn. Welcome to Write Club! We're happy to have you here. So you're working on a novel and a first draft of a feature, and pitching some shorts? Sounds like a lot?! Lol! ;)

Zlatan Mustafica

Hey, Beth! Hope you´re well today! I make you smile? In a good way I hope? I know I can be silly sometimes, haha. Even weird, especially for people that don´t know me, LOL. Yep, got some sleep which is not too bad and I agree with you. Today is a little slower day here as well. We gotta have those moments too, right? I managed to do some rewriting, I had a nice lunch, watched a movie (Bad Moms) - hillarious, by the way- and now I am back at my laptop for some more work.

Aray Brown

Good luck Sylvia and Linda! I love horror, my favorite genre. Don't think I can say that enough. Thanks Beth by the way! Good morning everyone! Congrats Linda! What's your pilot's logline? Mine is: after spending fifteen years in an asylum, a troubled man relocates from his small town to try to live a normal life and keep his alter ego at bay. It's still a work in progress. Happy Writing everyone!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Lol! Yes, in a good way, Zlatan. ;) After all that writing I would think a slower day is in order! Me, I'm off to a not-so-great start, I guess? I've certainly made progress, yes, but the 'set daily goal' thing isn't working for me. It's actually bumming me out. So I'm switching to a weekly mindset. By Sunday I hope to have my rewrite at least half-way finished or more. Then I hope to wrap it up by mid-month and switch to my other project for the remainder of the 30 days. That better accommodates my general daily stresses of life and busy schedule.

Zlatan Mustafica

Oh, thank God! You had me worried there for a sec, Beth. ;) I hear you and I´ve been there myself a time or two. You´re awesome even if the daily goal doesn´t get reached, you know? It´s better to enjoy that one page you feel good about then to write ten and you´re anxious about those afterwards. Think quality in stead of quantity and good days will come when you even exceed your own expectations.... I just read all this back and I sure sound like a zen-buddhist, weed-smoking teenager. LOL. Awake hours of life are the hardest thing to manage. So pat yourself on the back dear Beth and keep smiling :) If you need a helping hand, or mind rather, you know where to find me :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Thanks, Zlatan. Much appreciated. You were worried? What? Haha, don't be! ;) As far as goals... Yeah, I'm an artist as well, and I much prefer a natural ebb and flow to working. Some people really respond well to set daily schedules, which is fantastic! All writers are different. And comparing yourself to others is just a really really good way to feel really really bad. So don't do it!!! For me, I'm working to find a good balance between the two: going with the flow, and daily discipline. ;)

Nancy Golden

Congrats everyone on your progress thus far! I am with Beth as far as finding a balance - the daily discipline has ebbed the last couple of days for me and that's okay...some days fare better than others and being in the midst of what would be analogous to Act 2 of a screenplay - I am tangling with my subplots to keep them moving and interesting as I forward the main plot. However - Luke is feeling rather needy this morning - this is what it looks like to have a 95 lb. German Shepherd in your lap when you are trying to work. Of course Luke is 9 years old which makes him an older gentleman of 71 in dog years so I give him a lot of slack...

Shawn Speake

... and - 'time out to flirt' - you're lookin' good too, Beth! ... Have a great day, homie :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Oh, Shawn, you silly rascal you. LOL! ...Hey, are you working on something this month?

Zlatan Mustafica

Well, you truly are a Wonder Woman, Beth. Now, I get why you´re so busy. Can we see some of your work as an artist anywhere? Personally, I am not as blessed with creative gifts, LOL. There is a piece of legislation here in Europe (yes the whole continent) that clearly states that I, Zlatan M, am very much prohibited to draw, paint or create any form of imagery that isn´t in written form. LOL. That´s how much I suck at that. Once I painted a human being but it turned out to be an abstract image of... something else but definitely not a person. :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Honestly, it's "life" that keeps me so busy, like most people. No super powers. Lol! ..Ummm, I had a website up for a while, but took it down. I've done some commissioned work, some shows, working in encaustics. But I lost my studio space because the business I was renting from expanded and they needed their whole building. Basically, they kicked me out. LOL! Anyway, because the material I was working in is toxic, I can't quite work with them at home, nor do I have the space or ventilation. So, I'm switching to acrylic. Long story short, I'm currently looking for/figuring out a new studio space. Anyhoo, I'll share something on my profile page at some point. ;)

Erik Grossman

Captain's Log, Day 3: We are going strong. A little wayward here and there, but we are writing! We are putting ideas to paper and the creative juices are flowing! Keep it up everyone!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Okay, enough about me. LOL! Back to work! Back to writing my fellow Club members! For me, third time's the charm—the third day, that is! I'm doing much better. ;) How's everyone else doing? How are those projects coming along?

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

@Beth... thanks for the pitch template... @ Aray... thanks... well we'll see how much horror I can summon up... hahaha. Any horror movies you can suggest I watch? I only subscribe to Netflix.

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

Hey @Erik & @Matt... yaaay, so happy you guys are doing this.

Linda Perkins

Good day everybody. Spent yesterday mostly preparing (a short synopsis) for a contest BUT I'm 25 pages into my new screenplay. I've been reading the energy flowing throw our quest. Erik G. are you a Trekkie?

Aray Brown

@Sylvia The Conjuring, The Resurrected, Amityville Horror

Beth Fox Heisinger

Great, Sylvia. I'm glad that was helpful to you. :)

David Levy

Great writing partner, Nancy! These guys aren't much of a help, more like a distraction. I'm glad they sleep most of the day to let me focus.

Aray Brown

Back in the habit, feel like the majority of the dialogue will border on exposition but unless I'm working. Sometimes I just need to shut up and write , which is a little hard for me. Keep on keeping on!

Natasha Fernando

I'm in! My goals: first drafts for 2 feature scripts

Aray Brown

oops, meant to say at least

Barbara Hastings

Day 4 here in Oz, and all I want to do is get freakin' Final Draft working. It crashed in the middle of a rewrite last night. Well, at the end of the rewrite that it didn't save. And breathe . . . However, I usually think that when that happens it means that the next time I rewrite the scene it will be even better. What I previously wrote is in my head for the most part anyway. So again, failing forward!! And cue margarita. For breakfast.

Barbara Hastings

Joking of course. Having chai tea with honey and soy milk. May sneak in some writing before the kids wake up, and again before a TVC audition at 12:30. Gah.

Aray Brown

it sucks when that happens Barbara but it's great that you found a silver lining

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

@Linda... thank you... we'll see how it goes. LOL.

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

@Barbara.... Crashing's not good... jeez... but Final Draft saves automatically.. at least mine does.

Barbara Hastings

I am a newish Final Draft user, so in part it could be me just not knowing stuff. It absolutely crashed without saving. However, I find when I write a draft, then close the app, I cannot just open it up and start making changes. I have tried looking into it, and found one way to make changes, but need to do some more research on it. Clearly I am doing something wrong as well.

Brandon H. Creighton

I got four scenes mapped out over the past three days. Yesterday didn't get much done because of work on my house and of course THE CUBS WON!!! Knocked out one scene today and hitting another one while kids napping!!!

Barbara Hastings

Impressive, Brandon!! That's awesome.

Brandon H. Creighton

Thanks Barb...may I call you Barb? J/k

Jody Ellis

I've managed to get to page 50 of my rewrite and ekked out about 5 pages on my new script. My goal is 2-3 pages a day so it will be done by the end of the month. The rewrite has to be finished this weekend, now that someone wants to see it, lol

Niksa Maric

Barbara - It happens to everyone from time to time. It depends on your OS and how old is your computer. Any newer machines have more than enough memory and processor speed to run Final Draft and 5 other programs at the same time. In default mode, I think automatic save was set to 20 or 30 minutes. I changed it to 10 and It works fine. If you upgrade your OS you will have a small problem if you want to save your file to PDF. In that case, open Final draft and use option RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR. It works. There should be a user's guide or some manual attached to software. As for making changes problem, I'm not sure, never happened to me. I hope any of this will help.

Philip Sedgwick

With FD10 and Windows 10, run as administrator is a better option all the time.

Izzibella Beau

I got 39 pages of my one hour drama pilot completed. Now, onto the rewrites. What is the appropriate maximum page limit for a one-hour show? I thought it was around the 43-minute mark, but I could be mistaken. I've also written 3k words in my novel for NaNoWriMo.

Barbara Hastings

Thank Niksa and Philip. ❤️I will try that!! And yes, Brandon, please do call me Barb. Thanks for asking!

Nancy Golden

Wow - that is impressive, Izzibella! I'm struggling with a plot twist at the moment so I lost momentum. This for for my fellow trekkies - live long and prosper and remember never wear a red shirt to work!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Wow, that's fantastic, Izzibella! I believe the industry standard page count for a one-hour show is somewhere between 45 and 63 pages, but 50-55 is generally where you want to be. There was a discussion about this much further up within this thread. :)

Izzibella Beau

Thanks to everyone for all of your support and motivation. I know the feeling Nancy, I'm struggling at a point in my new book too. I just need the characters to start talking to me again, do you do that also at a standstill? Beth, thanks for the clarification. I may need to expand on some parts to make the 50+ mark. Is it better to add more dialogue or more action to expand?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Izzibella, it's really hard to say without knowing any context. I've read TV pilots with different page counts, some with act breakdowns, some without. It depends. Perhaps search for pilot script pdfs of various TV shows that are similar to what you are doing. ....Perhaps another Club member could better answer your question?

Aray Brown

Izzibella, I also am writing a one hour pilot. it's a horror though (shocker lol) Before I started i got a pdf of a pilot episode that matched my genre and used it as a template for the act breaks. I think the page count for a one hr show is 60 pages. Good for you by the way! I'm still 40 pages in with 19 more to go but I know I'll get it done. Happy Writing Izzi xo

Linda Hullinger

Izzibella, I was at a writing intensive workshop years ago and the speaker gave us a challenge to get our characters talking again if we were stuck. He said to put them in a completely different situation than what is in the outline of your book, and ask them how they would handle it. It’s amazing how that gets the characters ‘talking’ again. For example, give them a personal problem. A misunderstanding. A comedic situation. Anything that is different than what the book is about. For some reason that helps bring their voices back and you can go back to where you left off.

Linda Hullinger

And Aray, my logline has changed with all 5 incarnations of this TV pilot. So, once I get this draft polished and very sure that it’s exactly what I want it to be, I will create a new logline and post it. However, I’m very intrigued by your logline. Sounds interesting. Love that you are putting a horror spin on it.

Aray Brown

Thanks Linda! I'm playing around with two different titles, It's A Mad Mad World and Kilbourne, see which one fits. Should prolly wait til I finish the draft.

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

@Izzibella... and everyone else of course, check out www.la-screenwriter.com they have free tv pilot scripts you can read on their site. They send out a newsletter about once a month and usually include tv pilot scripts... Here's some of what they sent out in the last 4 newsletters: Nov. 2: Lethal Weapon & Master of None (Netflix) Oct. 19: Designated Survival / Speechless / Atlanta Sept. 28: The Night Manager Aug. 17: Stranger Things (Netflix) ENJOY!

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

Page count: depends on whether there are commercials or not.

Bill Costantini

WRITING LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE CUBS WORLD SERIES VICTORY + Even if everyone is counting you out.....BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!! + Be like the Cubs great pitchers..........KEEP THEM GUESSING!!! + Remember to always, always, always....GIVE IT YOUR ALL!!! + Keep your head down and...... SWING FOR THE FENCES!!! + The Cubs won it all in November.....AND SO CAN YOU!!! And can somebody get Beth a pot of coffee, please? Good luck, Stage 32er's! CUBS WIN!!! CUBS WIN!!! CUBS WIN!!!

Nancy Golden

@Izzibella - In response to your question, "I know the feeling Nancy, I'm struggling at a point in my new book too. I just need the characters to start talking to me again, do you do that also at a standstill?" I just let it roll around in my head and look at other stuff to try to stimulate new ideas - sometimes walking away for a few hours is the best thing I can do. I might write steadily for several hours some days - other days I get up - watch an episode of one of my favorite shows on Netflix - go for a walk - talk to some people - surf the internet - read something - random things can create insight that gets me going again. Forcing it doesn't work very well for me when writing fiction. I am also an engineer and used to have a paid gig writing technical articles from a human interest angle for an online engineering forum and never had a problem meeting deadlines, but writing a full length novel is a different animal... Hope your characters start talking to you soon! Maybe you should start talking to them and they'll answer ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Oh, I found a way. I do sleep. Just not very much. LOL! Keep the coffee coming! ;)

Jorge J Prieto

HOPE never quits. Ask The Cubs.

Erik Grossman

@Linda I Star Wars more than I Trek... and I Starship Troop more than I either of them!

Martyn John Armstrong

@Beth - thank you, for the welcome, I'm still getting used to this site but I'm glad I joined. The novel will need several edits and redrafts, I only intend to get the basic SPG issues and some noticeable errors fixed, get it printed, and given out for a read this month. I think the planning and outlining of the feature is my main focus for this month, and I need to increase my workrate. This thread is mammoth but I saw that you're working on two feature scripts - sounds like you've also set the bar high, best of luck with that :)

Zlatan Mustafica

Nov 4, repelling down into the abyss... Yep, that´s what I call "the zone". Over this coming weekend I take it upon myself to finish this new feature of mine. My goal is to have a first draft in place by Monday... Crazy as I am, I just got another idea I started writing down some notes for last night and it got me so excited that I want to explore it more. And that got me excited even more about the current script I´m writing. Big wheels keep on turning!

Dale Lippman

Folks who love their work make such a nice whirring sound when their gears turn. Goal met here - barely on target- to give each scene a title and description. Next week I plan to revisit my whole beat outline to be sure there's no gaps and then fill each scene with as much meaningful detail as possible. Now to enjoy some rest!

Jeremy Dewayne Humphrey

I am definitely in. This sounds great and is a productive way to push me.

Nancy Golden

Gooooooooood Moooooooooorning Stage32 Write Club! To infinity and beyond! We are blessed with another day full of possibilities!

Roxanne Paukner

Yesterday I rewrote a query letter, sidetracked and wrote a letter to the editor about a #$%@ referendum on our ballots (but it was a good letter to write), then did my first out-loud pitch to myself (which felt good but went long), then quickly typed those thoughts while the inspiration was still warm. :) Today I am teaching and the students are taking a quiz, so I will read screenplays as time allows. Open to suggestions for that!

Brian Walsh

The best part of this for me is they just moved my local Starbucks a block away and reopened yesterday with a great new place with lots of workstations for people like me who sit in there and drink tea while I write. :) I judge my productivity on how many free refills I had while I was there, so there is a lot of tea in my future this month. :) Also, Hi Sylvia! Great to see you here....hopefully you can make the Christmas meetup in Toronto on the 11th!

Sapphire Albright

just saw this but i'm in...

Sapphire Albright

I've been working on a number of things, mainly 2 books and a few short stories. Crazy thing is I've been working on the book and my poetry for so long that I forgot how to write short stories!!! (is that even a thing lol). how many words do you actually need in order to make a great story and get straight to the point and still call it a short story!! sheesh...

Beth Fox Heisinger

All right, all right, all right... HERE. WE. GO. It's another day, my dear Write Club! Day 4! It's absolutely fantastic and exciting to see that everyone is making such great progress—so far so good! ;) Welcome Jeremy and Sapphire! We're happy to have you here! As we head into the weekend... Our first check-in blog will occur this Sunday, November 6. Remember participation is key! You must check in and "report" your progress: sum up your week; are you on track? what were your highs and lows?; how are you doing so far? what's next in your steps ahead? We need to see you all month long to track your progress. Plus the weekly, Sunday check-in blogs gives everyone ample opportunity to share more specifics (if you wish) about what you're working on; perhaps share loglines, etc. Also, Club members, please support and offer further encouragement to each other on one another's check-in blog posts by commenting, or answering questions, or sharing resources/information. We're in this together, are we not? ;) Okay, thank you so much everyone! Now let's keep going! Onward and upward!

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

@Brian... great to see you here as well. This month or next?

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

@Sapphire... welcome. I'm not sure ... but I think if you're writing books it can be any length you want it to be... short screenplays can be anything from 5 - 30 pages in length... guess it depends what you want to do with them... enter contests... write and direct them... I'm not an expert but I'm sure you'll get some concrete answers on this thread.

Tamara LeClair

I'm so down, and happy to cheer! I'm working on a virtual attendance project on the American Film Market... documenting what we can derive from the event without ACTUALLY being there....

Bill Costantini

SIGNIFICANT PLANETARY EVENTS IN NOVEMBER THAT AFFECT CREATIVITY From half-way up Mt. Charleston - Tonight, November 4, is the peak of the Taurids Meteor Show. Definitely affects creativity....every time you see a meteor in the sky, you will feel a surge within your creative being.....be ready. The Taurids peak runs through tomorrow night. November 14 Full Moon. It's the Supermoon, aka "Full Beaver Moon," as the Native American Indians called it. A great night to create...especially if you live on land that was once occupied by Native Americans, and know how to connect with spirits. November 16, Leonids Meteor Shower peak. It runs most of the month, and peaks on the 16th. Again...meteors....creativity.....mmmmm......like prosciutto and cantaloupe. Take advantage!

Aray Brown

Today is a new day people! I applaud everyone's efforts. As for me on Day 4 , coming back from the hair salon, I'm energized, renewed and ready to knock out some pages. We do this together. Alright, alright, alright Matthew McConaughey voice

Aray Brown

I'll be checking in via the app, it's good for something lol

Jonathan Dick

Wrote six pages last night, after being stuck for awhile. Hoping to get this thing done by the end of November, and then hopefully a 2nd draft done in December in time for the big contest circuit.

Erik Grossman

Nice on, Dick! I'm so sorry, I just... I couldn't help it.

Margaree King Mitchell

I had a great week writing my screenplay. Wrote 20 pages. Plus spent time on research.

Hector Quijano

20 pages, that's 20min of screen time down, that's Act 1. Great job with progress!

Aray Brown

Great job, Margaret, Hector and Jon! Keep the momentum

Beth Fox Heisinger

Wow, great momentum indeed! Well done, everybody! ...My day (ARGH!) came to a grinding halt; things got in my way or just didn't go my way. And this weekend's schedule is looking complicated... Hmmm, perhaps it'll be a few late nights. Guess I better brew more coffee. Lol! ..I am, however, looking forward to Sunday's check-in. ;)

Anthony Cawood

I agreed the basic commercial agreement with the author of the novel I'm adapting and have written another 10 pages of it over the last 2 days. Not started on the re-write yet, but have provided notes on another member's feature instead ;-)

Sean Frost

I'm finishing off writing the first draft of a rather exciting thriller, then will hand it off to my co-writer. Maybe the hardest script I've done, but it's coming along.

Aray Brown

Sorry to hear about that Beth x Guess we're both working the late shift. Thank God I have a coffee machine lol

Beth Fox Heisinger

Thanks, Aray. Much appreciated. It will balance out for us as we go. I have no doubt. ;) Okay, let's raise our coffee mugs for a virtual "cheers!" Lol!

Sarah Gabrielle Baron

Hey all! It's November 4th, so I have some catching up to do. It's been WAY too long since I focused on one project. Hm. I'm teaching full time, so, my goal will be flesh out the 2nd installment of what I HOPEwill be a franchise, the Crystal Dragon. The first movie is on my loglines page. THe second one is set in Uganda. I also need to get on paper the main points for ENTIRE series, (3rd set in China, 4th in India). This writing will be done in rough draft of what I want the children's graphic novel to look like (hope to release graphic novels and movies in tandem, this is a franchise vision). My goal will be to write at least one page every day, and to work hard-core on the week-ends, devoting at least one full half-day, probably Sunday afternoon. I'm lucky, because the characters and the plotline is already done in my head :) Thanks for the push, Beth & co!

Zlatan Mustafica

Great reading everyone´s moving forward in one way or another. I have pushed myself to the limit today. My eyes are literally hurting like hell right now but I´m actually on page 91 and off to bed. It truly is no pain no gain sometimes. I wish you guys the most productive and happy Friday (rest of it on North-American continent) and beginning of a Saturday, Nov 5, on the other side of the globe (Asia and Australia). Lights out at my place!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Get some well-deserved rest, Zlatan!