Screenwriting : November Write Club: Let's do this! by Beth Fox Heisinger

November Write Club: Let's do this!

I've decided to use the month of November as a personal deadline to finish a first draft of a spec screenplay within 30 days -- to jump start a script I've been outlining. I'm hoping there are others that wish to join me in using 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 feature, a short, whatever. Something you may need a little motivation to help you get it done. Of course, this is on your terms and the point is to cheer each other on and offer support. Any takers? Tips? Thoughts?

Debbie Croysdale

Great idea, I've occasionally had this kind of help before while networking here, but not a designated group "Countdown" for a specific project. This sounds interesting, sometimes another persons point of view and enthusiasm, can re ignite the spark needed for ones own work. A November Bonding of people sharing deadlines, sounds a fun exercise. It could be a thread where people take part at least once a week (say Sunday,) to gather and re-boot, fresh for the new week ahead. Of course that's just the minimum input, people could re group, on an as and when needed basis.

Erica Benedikty

I'm in, I was gonna re write but I have another idea that just popped into my head the other day and I can't get it out of there. I need to stew on in a bit more before committing to it but I might just try writing it.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hey Debbie! That sounds great! I was thinking something along those lines too; checking in, offering encouragement. :) All right, Erica! Do whatever works best for you! :) This will be a challenge for me. I have a crazy schedule. I juggle a lot -- like most people. My goal is to have a solid enough first draft by the end of November, so I can roll up my sleeves and begin the real hard work -- rewriting. :)

Kristopher Rickards

I did a similar thing Aug - Sept 2014. It gives such a great sense of accomplishment and boost in confidence. I gave myself 6 weeks to finish a first draft and succeeded with a couple days to spare. The piece was then given to my two closest readers to revise and advise and left for 2 weeks. Over the space of 2 months, the script was ready for rewrite / editing.On Sept 23rd, this year, the final draft was submitted to its first competition. I might give this a shot, too.

Elaine Haygood

I DO have a screenplay that needs finishing-Are you suggesting we give each other updates on the work/discuss our particular challenges and offer encouragement to those who may need it?

Andrew Bruce Lockhart

like the idea Beth - I am 21 pages into a new script... def need some motivation.. maybe November is the answer. Happy to join in this in some form. I would probably plan to write for an hour at lunch (instead of eating cake probably!) - So it will help with the pre-christmas diet too! Count me in!

Debbie Croysdale

Hi all, looks like there's six in already, I can feel the positive vibe, and we have six more days to go before starting our projects. Group bonding is a great idea on several accounts, inspirational backup, shared angst if things go stale, adding fresh eyes and strategies. Also if others are expecting an input from me, I feel less drawn in by outside influences. Eg. A friend saying "come on out" and then spending time idling in a club/bar/restaurant, or seeing something good on TV and deciding to pop in a ready meal, and the cosy feel prevents return to the computer. November is "Project Go Go."

John Michael German

Dear Beth Fox Heisinger: These types of posts are very beneficial as it brings a sense of camaraderie amongst people who may have never connected before. To inspire, and to motivate to bring out their inner desire to write to their fullest. I also will be doing a 30 day challenge to write a whole new script off an idea I have as well as finish some other scripts that I have taken a break from. Keep up the posts that bring people together for the sole purpose of helping one another - without any gain other then the ability to help. Sincerely, John German

Michael J Smyth

Hi Beth, thanks, maybe this will help me stop procrastinating. I've been talking about writing a short film script for an idea I've had for a few months. Its something I've wanted to do to get myself some more screen time at the 'lead'. End of November is a great deadline. Maybe I'll use this to get my butt into gear and get that showreel finished :)

Evelien And Dorien Twins

Hi Beth, you may or may not know this from a... a previous post - but consider us in :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Great, Kristopher! It's encouraging to hear you've had previous success with a personal deadline. Let's do this!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Elaine, Andrew, John, Michael: It's wonderful to have you join in! :) Yes, that's exactly what I was thinking. Perhaps we check in every few days or once a week for "progress reports." If anyone gets stuck or needs some positive reinforcement we can be there for each other. :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Debbie: Well said! :) Yes, this week I'm prepping by finishing up an outline for a thriller. It'll be a little rough, not too detailed, but should be enough to launch a first draft. What do you have lined up for November?

Evelien And Dorien Twins

We've just drafted the first synopsis for a comedy feature we're hoping to start & finish within the following month (first draft, that is). Came up with the idea on Saturday and it's been making us smile ever since, so we'll do our best!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Twins! Yes, of course! I was going to send you a message. ;) I went with "30 Days of Write," borrowing a bit from one of my favorite vampire films, "30 Days of Night." I absolutely love Halloween. It seemed appropriate, especially as we begin our projects the day after. ;)

Evelien And Dorien Twins

Excellent!

Beth Fox Heisinger

A comedy feature sounds great, Twins. :)

Debbie Croysdale

Hi @beth I've a short film script to final draft. (One of six micros in different genres) I've been putting it off because its the least of my favourites, I don't find it hard to write, but it's the hardest into getting into the heads of the characters. It's a Rom Com and needs a light hearted look on life, as seen through the characters perspective. I found my others easier to write in solitude, deep dark and dangerous Horror, Noir, (two of each,) and one pulp. I will look forward to the outside help with the Rom Com. Equally I look forward to helping others along their way.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Debbie: Your project sounds interesting. So, it's a set of six short films? I have not ventured into RomCom territory myself. I'm much more comfortable in drama and thriller. However, I'm happy to help where I can.

Elaine Haygood

Hi, Debbie. I commend you: Rom Coms from a writer's standpoint are deceptively simple-Emphasis on DECEPTIVELY. The basic formula would leave people thinking that anyone can do Rom Com: Person meets Person, Person loses Person. Person wins other Person back-WRONG! As you probably already know, Rom Coms work best when they have depth and texture and the unexpected-think, My Best Friend's Wedding: Julia Roberts DOESN'T get the guy, but she DOES gain greater insight into herself and the hope of something better in the future. I would say, start with your characters: and, what's the backdrop? the reason I say this is because I think films that rely on GREAT backdrop (Moonlight, comes most immediately to mind) are the ones I go back to over and over again as I find myself as much in love with the setting of the piece as I do the characters-sometimes even more. Oh well, that's my 2 cents for the moment-Hope this helped. As for myself, I've got a scrip that's a combination of Scifi and Horror as I revisit themes brought about by the first of The Howling series-I've got about 55% of the script done and will then be working on the graphic novel.

Tao Ryan Moua

Good luck. You can do it. Everyday when you get up in the morning, just get into your writing. The shortest time it took me to finish a feature script is a month and a half. That's approximately 45 days excluding planning. I tried for a month, but couldn't do it. That doesn't you can't do it.

Shari D. Frost

I'm in! It will be fun to know you're all out there too. Looking forward to hearing how it all goes for everyone.

Edmund L. Driver

That is an awesome challenge. I will be rewriting my a script I wrote years ago to enter an upcoming writing contest.

Richard "RB" Botto

Absolutely love this, Beth! Awesome initiative!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Thanks for the encouragement, great tip and support, Tao. Much appreciated!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Shari and Edmund: Great to have you! What writing project will you be working on in November, Shari? Edmund, you mentioned a rewrite... What genre?

Brian Walsh

I'm in. I just started the actual writing of a first draft so I'll steal the last few days of October and try to finish before I go on vacay on the 26th of Nov. Great incentive not to be the one who doesn't get it done. :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Thanks, RB!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Brian, wonderful to have you join in. What's your project, a feature? If so, what genre?

Evelien And Dorien Twins

Beth, we’d like to ask you if you’d like to be our beta reader at the end of the month?

Evelien And Dorien Twins

really liking/appreciating the positive vibes this thread is producing!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Twins: Sure, I'd love to. ;)

Richard "RB" Botto

Beth leaves positive vibes in her wake!

Shari D. Frost

actually, Beth, I'm torn between 2 -- I'll probably go with a dramedy idea I've been kicking around (my fave genre) but I also have a low budget sci fi idea that keeps saying "write me!"

Marli Monroe

Hi Beth! 30 Days of Write is a wonderful idea and a great exercise. I hope you do this again...soon!

Kristopher Rickards

Alright, after 24 hours consideration, I'm in. I cannot start the writing process until Tuesday 3rd, but I can certainly get some researching done and ideas forming - I can see the opening in my third eye already. I'm going to start a project called THE WEEKEND. Ten recruits undertake vigorous testing of their skills and morals as part of MI5 recruitment process.

Evelien And Dorien Twins

Shari - we generally have difficulties making anything sci-fi we write "low budget" so we applaud your ability to do that! Kristopher - you could always "steal" the last few days of October to make up for the 3 days you'll be missing in November, if you have time and/or so choose to do! The Weekend sounds like a fun project. Is it reminiscent to "Quantico" (the new series)? Sounds like it could be a sort of premise to that!

Michael J Smyth

see what you started Beth, just by a few simple words. :)

Fiona Faith Ross

Coincidence. I've put aside November to outline a new concept I came up with (logline-ready) recently, so I'll be with you all the way. That's my challenge - to outline 110 pages in 4 weeks. I'm working on the character profiles now. :)

Kristopher Rickards

Eveliendorien Twins. I hadn't heard of Quantico until this very moment. I was torn between doing a contemporary piece or setting in 1979. I guess now that it'll be historical so that it is different.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Fiona! Yes! Great to have you! We'll certainly need your "can do" attitude as I see your personal motto is: Finish it! :) ...Hmm, I like your plan to complete a detailed outline in 4 weeks. My outline for my thriller is rough, although I'm prepping it now for this 30 day exercise. But, I may have to rethink this. What I tend to do is work on both, a detailed outline and the first draft, at the same time. I'll have an outline with a clear plan but then fine-tune it as I go. I like to keep things somewhat organic so I'm open to discovery. I also tend to edit myself immediately, which has its benefits but also slows me down and can get in the way of creative flow. I'm hoping to alter my approach slightly and see how that affects my results. :)

Monique McGee

I'm in! This sounds like a lot of fun. I'm already working on an outline so I will be ready to roll on Nov 1!

Stephen Barber

Beth, I'm engaged in this "push" to write too. At first, I thought I had too many options to screen through when I initially read the article four days ago and I didn't think it would benefit my schedule to put (another) deadline down, and torture my head 30 days later from a self-inflicted wound. But, like almost everything in my life that I decide to (get out of my own way) I was given the answer through LOUD MUSIC in my car... I'll be writing a pilot starting on Sunday, and with yet another self-inflicted wound I'm opening, I can assure you that if at the very least, if nothing else comes to fruition, at least I'll have another tangible manifestation of my thoughts’ and my creativity that I can share and continue to sculpt.

Michael J Smyth

Kristopher, never heard of it either but just looked and we're getting it in the UK in the new year. Looks good.

Debbie Croysdale

Hi @Elaine Thanks for your input and feedback about Rom Coms, (RCs not my usual cup of tea). My settings include the backdrop of The River Slaney, Ireland, and River Thames, London. I'm doing two versions of this script, (Ireland/UK) so when pitching the finished micro film, there are two choices to possibly turn into a feature. Your Graphic Novel sounds interesting, I hope you keep us updated. @Beth Yep, six shorts in all, mainly horror/pulp, in the gritty terrain of Andalucia and an old Manor House, Scandinavia. I call them my DDD catalogue, Dark, Deep, Dangerous, but the Rom Com is a Wild Card to me. It's great you have started this "Get it Done November" club, bringing new vibes to previously shelved or neglected projects, as a new team working together. @ALL SUNDAY IS KICKSTART DAY!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Stephen, great to have you! So, what was the kick-ass song that got you fired up to join us this November?

Beth Fox Heisinger

"Get-it-Done November Club." I like that, Debbie. I may have to borrow it. :) We could post motivational quotes throughout November. ...Okay, people, KICK-START DAY soon approaches! Let's do this!

Stephen Barber

@ Beth... It was "Nine Inch Nails" - "Right Where It Belongs." *If it's been a while, or (Never) I strongly advise any creator to turn that on and UP!

Shari D. Frost

E. Twins - lol! I came to screenwriting through playwriting, so I don't think I know how to write anything expensive :oP

Evelien And Dorien Twins

Haha, we've written a low-budget play ourselves, SO DIFFICULT!

Jorge J Prieto

BETH, hadn't planned on starting a new project after finishing my very first Crime /Drama, which drained me. But, everyone's excitement and the fact that it's you, whom has been so kind with me in the past, I'm IN. My Drama The Secret Dancer, I will start in November. I will start my preliminary tonight. i.e. characters names, it's set in the '80s , so I need to get the films, songs...ect.that were all a part of the year my characters are living in. The same as RB, I always know my first scene and my ending. What happens in between, I leave up to my characters. Will keep u ALL posted. Good luck to everyone above and below this post, my fellow writers. Stage 32 is the only website where great things are happening every day. Let's go Mets! My neighborhood team. Team Beth, let's go as well!

Anthony Cawood

I'm in Beth, a have a limited location thriller that has come together, more or less, good to have a deadline and a group of like minded souls to encourage each other.

Beth Fox Heisinger

All right, all right, all right! Jorge and Anthony! Wonderful to have you join us! I look forward to your updates about your progress. :) ...Team Beth, I like it!

Jorge J Prieto

BETH, you are a true leader, girlfriend. Reminder, in less than an hour, 4pm pst. 7p EST. Free Webinar with JOEY.

Shari D. Frost

Yeah, Jorge, let's go Mets!! (and The Secret Dancer sounds intriguing...)

Evelien And Dorien Twins

It's easier than it looks :D

Richard "RB" Botto

I see that Mets comment, Shari! Let's go!!!

Jorge J Prieto

Thanks, Shari, just read your comment. Was on with JOEY. Great Webinar by the way. Yeah, it's about dancers (not conventional types) and they are male) it's early '80s. I can't say anymore or I miss the game which I DVR and I now need to rewind. Cheers!!!

Jorge J Prieto

Just read your post, Shari. Was on with JOEY and great guests on year end webinar. Yeah, The Secret Dancer is about a dancer ( not the conventional type) male dancer by the way and it's early 80's NYC. Can't say no more or I'll miss the game, which I DVR and now need to quickly rewind with my eyes closed. Cheers, girlfriend. Lets make this group, inspired by BETH a hit. To quote our RB, "We are all here to learn from one another. Be active, be visible in the spirit of the site."

Sarah Gabrielle Baron

I'm in. !

Elisabeth Meier

Damn, I'm still in negotiations for writing a new script and hope to make the contract. If so, I will join you a little later...

Beth Fox Heisinger

Sarah, Elisabeth, Oliver: YES! Great to have you! ...Or, hope to have you soon, Elisabeth. :) Sarah, whatcha working on for November? Oliver, can you tell us a little more about your pilot?

Ida Thomasdotter

Do you know about NaNoWriMo? I find that it's a very helpful tool to motivate you to write, and there's lots of great support from other writers!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Sounds great, Oliver. I look forward to hearing about your progress. :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Ida: Yup, I've heard of it. NaNoWriMo is geared towards novelists -- wannabe and otherwise. I understand it has motivated some. :) ...Let's just say, personally speaking, I have reservations about their preset, imposed, superficial "ideals" and the market-fed notion that a writer "wins!" at the end of November. What they "win?" I have no idea...

W. Keith Sewell

Perfect! This is just the 'kick in the pants" I'm sure I'll be needing in pre-prod for a 30min sitcom. Also, I hope to have our app ready to launch by the 12 days of Christmas!! Count me in Beth!

Oskar Arnarson

I have a similar plan for November as well; to outline a script from start to finish. Would be happy to join you for the momentum.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Wonderful, W. Keith and Óskar! It's great to have you! Welcome to Write Club!

Jorge J Prieto

Yeah , Kate!!

Brian Walsh

Okay, getting ready to go on this! :) I have a lot of my character groundwork done though I'll be adding a few as I proceed, but I'm excited to be part of this group and to have this incentive to get my butt in gear on this. :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hey Kathryn! Great minds think alike. :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Great to hear, Brian. :) I'm excited too. We're getting closer to kick-start day.

Gary Blencowe

Beth, If you look up procrastination in the dictionary there is a picture of me!! :) This sounds like a great way to give me a kick up the backside!! I have changed from writing screenplays (my head is sore from beating it against a brick wall) and have started writing a book instead. So does your whip extend to Australia??

Beth Fox Heisinger

Gary, I'd probably be standing right next to you in that picture! I've been struggling too lately. :) You're writing a book?! Fantastic! Well, if you need a kick to get going, I'm happy to oblige. We all are! Lol! Thanks for joining the fun. :)

Gary Blencowe

Beth. What sort of a kick can you help me with? How will this all work?

Gary Blencowe

Without giving too much away.

Jorge J Prieto

Just came across this short post from Film Courage, which I think is a great advice for Beth's 30 day challenge. Once we start writing that first scene don't even dare to look back, just keep pushing forward until the 30th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMXbfBXqNWI

Beth Fox Heisinger

Great share, Jorge! Thank you. Pilar Alessandra is someone that I follow quite regularly and have learned much from her. Yup, just keep pushing forward. That's what I hope to do with this challenge, to not edit my work as I go, which I tend to do.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Gary, the idea here is to support each other with our individual goals, with whatever project we're working on, whatever stage, and get it done by November's end. We’ll share our individual progress, offer help and tips, and post motivational quotes to get us through this 30 day exercise. :)

Elisabeth Meier

What we all have to keep in mind please is that this is no competition. All scripts are at different levels and I think some colleagues have another full time job besides screenwriting. Meaning, we all also are at different writing levels, different experiences etc. Hence, please stay relaxed. We will see how far we will get and I would like to continue this even if it lasts till end of the year or end of January (because of the holidays). I understand it just as a great idea to motivate ourselves and share experiences, problems, cool ideas and the feeling that we are not alone or so. So, if we say 'Go Mets!"' ;) we also should say 'Go Stage32ers!' which is strange to pronounce - but it looks cool. :))

Beth Fox Heisinger

Well said, Elisabeth! I couldn't agree with you more. :)

Sarah Miller

I'm in. I have a pair of half finished screenplay that I will finish the first drafts of in November.

Fiona Faith Ross

@BFH NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write a novel in the month of November. You have to get 50,000 words down. They have counters 'n everything. It certainly won't be complete, more like a hideous first draft, but the point of it is to get it down so you can begin the polishing process. I wrote my first novel, Far Out, in a NaNoWriMo. I had planned to do it every year, but life got in the way. You "win" a badge to put on your web site, saying that you finished! So I like your plan because, those who stick to it (cold-heartedly, doggedly, kickin' 'n screamin') will have a basis to work on at the end of the month.

Samantha Anne

I already set up my NaNoWriMo page for this year - I'm excited about making it happen this year! I might just go hardcore and add a screenplay to it - 4 pgs a day would get a feature done, no? :)

Richard Morell

Count me in! I'm in a rewrite on a script that I need to basically reconceive. It's going to be like a new script in some ways but with some of the characters who were not as active taking a greater role in the story. What's next?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Welcome to November Write Club, Sarah, Walker, Samantha and Richard! Great to have you! Love the positive vibes. I look forward to hearing more about your projects. :)

Benjamin Grund

Cheers everyone - I'm in and stoked to go on this adventure with you. Thank you Beth for setting this up! I could use some solidarity and community with this project. I've got a deadline for the first draft of a horror feature due at the end of December so November will be my attempt at finishing the Second Act. I'll keep you all posted and I look forward to seeing updates on everyone's work! Cheers to the many marathons everyone and best of luck.

Brian Walsh

Okay, my friends. It's day one officially for me. I'm sitting in my local starbucks with my prep in front of me and FD open on my laptop. (I'm starting a little early since I'm away the last few days of November.) Let the games begin! :)

David Levy

I'm looking forward to seeing who I can make laugh from my first attempts at comedic shorts!

Michael J Smyth

I see RB's promoting this site-wide on the blog :)

Ryan C. Davis

Excellent idea. Thanks for coordinating this. Count me in. I have a script that's been calling for me to finish it. Here's my chance.

DeAnne Brown-Hirsch

Perfect - I'm in - rewrite in 30 days! Thank you so much!

Steven Michael

Great thread, I'm in! My political thriller has been sitting there for months. I have the story mapped out and nearly 70 pages written. It takes place in both New York and Washington, D.C. And it's full of tension and political back-stabbing. But it's also educational as I teach economics at a university. It's called "First 100". Can't wait to hear about everyone's progress.

Marli Monroe

I'm in, Beth! This will be my first attempt at taking one of my outlines to the next level. Being a novice, I was hesitant to join in days ago...but who can resist this energy?! It's infectious, and just what I needed to finally get going! I will be working on a treatment for a docu-style T.V. series that's a bit out of the mainstream. I'm hoping to have it ready for submission by the end of November. Either way, progress is progress...and this is very exciting!!

Joi Heggins

I'm in!!!!!!!!! Great idea!

Stephen Barber

For those looking for an extra push in this support on one another... 3:19 seconds from a man who I admire. https://youtu.be/b8nb34w-lvw

Kathy Myers

Yes! Nothing like a little external accountability to get things moving again!

Leo Sopicki

Interesting that I had already set a goal to finish in November a script I've been working on for a long time. Then this appears in my inbox. Beth must be the cosmic screenwriting angel.

Wendy Joseph

Gotta cut the first 30 pages to pieces and restitch them to 5. Wish me luck.

Jorge J Prieto

Good luck, Wendy!!!

Sarah Hopkins

I'm a newbie and I'm in. Just received Screencraft contest feedback today on my first script and stoked to make changes....here we go!

Dalene Davies

I am already booked and committed to NaNoWriMo with a novel, but feel that I could actually add a script to the mix and still complete my goals! I know at one time the same people (NaNoWriMo) had a month for Script Frenzy (same idea- write a script in 30 days) haven't head about it in a long while. This sounds like it could be just as fun. Thanks for the suggestion- any ideas how we can track progress here?

Beth Fox Heisinger

All right! More participants! Great to have you! :) Darlene: No, we really don't have a means to track individual progress, that would entail a site buildout. We're operating on a "self-moderated but group supported system" for these 30 days. Feel free to share your progress here within this thread. We'll be posting motivational tips as we go. There'll also be more to come in the days ahead, so stay tuned. :)

Richard Morell

You probably get this question a lot at Stage 32: Is it possible to get these emails in digest form--i.e., all for one day compiled in one email? That would be a lot easier for me to be able to read them all at once as we are in the throes of the productivity; else I might have to click off the box for "send me an email for each new comment." This could become a large group and that could be rather vexing....

Beth Fox Heisinger

Richard, go to the "gear" icon, found in the upper right corner of the web site. There you can change your account settings. Scroll down to "notifications" and change your email preferences. :)

Tony Ginn

Thank you for recognizing that we are in the most creative industry in this World. The written word is always the Genesis in story telling and script writing. I learned playing basketball in College that it takes a team effort to come out a winner. In our business no reward comes without an ensemble in collaboration with one another as TEAM I want to be associated with Philanthropic professionals who have an approach during the production to discuss that any idea will always be considered from the Grip to the Producer with the best idea for implementation. I applaud your approach and you can count on me to score a win-win to get a project to the screen! Keep me informed when we have the opportunity to submit our creations for interest and consideration. God Bless You and Yours, YOLO! Shalom

Kathy Ediss

Count me in!

Evelien And Dorien Twins

Extra motivation to get this finished: After a first read-request - followed by the exec reading the teleplay & bible - , we're skype pitching a project tomorrow (one of our sci-fi series) to a company exec so if he asks what else we're currently working on... we might have this one up our sleeve, along with some other things as well!

JJ Shaughnessy

Wow, big group already! I'm a former standup comedian who had to drop out due to the effects from a bad car accident; I'm now more or less completely healed as of a couple years ago, but I lost my mojo . My goal is modest this month because I have a November 30th deadline in my day job. I simply want to write up an original 5 minute comedy set and have it edited, practiced, tweaked and ready to start performing at open mikes and old haunts by the end of the month. Once I am established back in stand-up I want to start taking Improv/Sketch classes and writing for them as well but that's a later goal. Baby steps. ;-) Best wishes to everyone-- let's do this!

Jorge J Prieto

Happy to have you, JJ and glad you are doing better from your accident. I had an accident which injured my spinal cord and had three surgeries and now I take life one day at a time, but being involved in a creative project is the best medicine. Cheers, buddy.

Evelien And Dorien Twins

happy to have you aboard JJ! Glad to see you're recovering from your accident and you're getting back to doing what you love. As you said, baby steps (speaking as people who've also been through a serious accident and went through a recovery phase) - Keep it going at your own pace, have fun and best wishes to you too!

Irene Conde

How exciting! This is exactly the push I need. I'm already 30 plus pages into my horror script, so I know this challenge will help me stay motivated. woo hoo!!!!

Regina Partee

So excited to go on this journey with you all! Looking forward to finishing a project in November!

Theresa Clark

I'm in. Very much interested in finishing my feature script.

Leo Sopicki

Funny coincidences. I mentally committed to finishing this script in November. Then I found a class to help me, which runs in November. Then this Stage 32 project appeared. Then, yesterday afternoon, I got an email from a friend at a distribution company asking me how the script was coming. The world wants this script finished.

JJ Shaughnessy

Shout out to Jorge and the Eveliendorian Twins from Begium, thanks for your post-accident encouragement. How are your projects coming along? Also to Beth Fox Heisinger, sorry, I'm new to Stage 32 and this came up when I searched "comedy writing" now I see it's for screenwriting but hope you don't mind if I tag along for now- it's a good group!

Jorge J Prieto

Hey, JJ, the doors are wide open ( I'm sure, Beth, agrees) to ALL Stage 32 family members. We are all united here by one common denominator, by our artistry and you are no exception. Great to have you, brother.

Harry Johnquest

Yes indeed. Zero Draft Thirty. I'm going for it, now working on notes to flesh out a cheap-easy production and working on the story so to draft a great script in 30 days. I believe it can be done start to finish. If not I'll have Humble Pie, 30 Days in the Hole: https://youtu.be/sdXjm8pZMws?t=3

Debbie Croysdale

@Harry LOL....no room for humble pie in this group, The Dream Team, so no reaching for backup with commiserating pop bands. @All. LAST CHANCE TOMORROW EVERYONE.....to indulge in a lazy day, so grab some ready meals and beers, and pull up a cosy chair for the Saturday movie. Play basketball or sit in the park, or window shop in the mall and gather your pals. Tweet, text, and surf over a late lingering brunch, as you revel in the Goss.....cos SUNDAY ITS SCRIPT CAMP!

Jorge J Prieto

Welcome to the club, Harry. You got this, Harry and we ALL got your back, buddy.

Gary Blencowe

Hey it's already tomorrow here in Australia so don't worry the world hasn't ended, so no excuse there :) To write or not to write that is the question! Bit of brekky first then into it, maybe, no definitely, perhaps! No have a Nike moment and " just do it!"

Beth Fox Heisinger

All right, all right, all right! Great to see you onboard: Kathy, Irene, Regina, Nancy, Theresa, JJ, Leo, and all! Love the enthusiasm! JJ: All are welcome! Ain't no shame in comedy writing. We'll probably need a good laugh in the days ahead, so help us out, okay? Lol! :) Leo: Funny coincidences indeed! Serendipity is a beautiful thing!

John Michael German

Dear Writers Club: Good luck to all who have joined the journey, and best of luck to the creative writing and story telling I'm sure you will all come up with. I've stuck to a strict regiment like this in the past, and will be fantastic to see others doing so at the same time, including myself. All the best. Sincerely, John German

Beth Fox Heisinger

Thanks, John! Much appreciated. Great to have you here! :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Great to have you, Vince! What project will you be working on?

Vince Conside

Albino Peacocks

Vince Conside

Screen play

Evelien And Dorien Twins

We can actually start on an (extremely) high note seeing as we had a pitch meeting yesterday that went very well and we have a producer interested in shopping one of our projects! A single "yes" dumbs down the so many noes you get when you're trying to get your foot through the door & your work out there! JJ, to us there are only a few things more difficult than writing consistently good comedy so we applaud you for that! We can be funny in dialogue, but we're not comedic in our writing at all. Developing a complete comedic show would be something impossible for us to do at this point. Might be an interesting follow-up excersize: "Write a 10 page skit that is completely out of your comfort zone" LOL but let's first get through 30days of write first. We've got our creative lubricant (wine) and our story outline ready, so we're good to go...we just have to survive this halloween horror walk we're doing tonight.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Great news, Twins! I'm looking forward to hearing about your progress! I'll join you with that applause, I think writing comedy is one of the toughest things to do. Hands down.

Erica Benedikty

I watched a really cute movie the other day to put me in the spirit of writing. It's called "The Rewrite" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2509850/?ref_=nv_sr_5 of course I do love a good rom com with Huge Grant. Defiantly a lot of inside jokes if your a screenwriter.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Happy Halloween, everyone! I'm feeling SUPER PUMPED about tomorrow! — could be the Halloween candy talking! Lol! ;) I'm a little behind with my outline, but I'm ready to hunker down and get to work! Keep an eye out for a S32 30-Day Write Club blog post tomorrow. Really looking forward to November! Let's do this!

Bridget Ellis-Pegler

I am 100% in, thanks so much Beth. I'm going to use this time to expand my treatment for a kids' feature into the first draft. I already feel excited and invigorated to see how much support and enthusiasm there is fizzing on this board.

Christopher Joseph

This is pretty cool, reminds me of that manuscript contest also. Should get Stage32 admin behind it and can be structured contest whoo hoo. My goal for November seems like an easy one, there's a contest to complete a seven page short in A4 paper size...(what is A4??) but the rules are quite constraining omg. Some of these contest rules are super tricky to fit the companies goals. It's definitely worth it so I could use the encouragement to get a well polished script off in due time. I already met my first obstacle within the rules and will probably have to scrap my original plan. Back to the drawing board! Good thing I have lots of unfinished scripts laying around! Will keep ya posted! I'm in!

Gary Blencowe

You know we should all listen to the ideas of others and not negatively dismiss them, It is so sad and a shame that when someone dies, we lose all the ideas and dreams that they did not want to mention for fear of ridicule. We should encourage everyone to purge all ideas, who knows we may uncover the next big Hollywood blockbuster, a cure for some of our most challenging and insidious diseases like cancer and Parkinson's disease or even that elusive better mouse trap.

Elisabeth Meier

Christopher - A4 is the worldwide most used paper format and short for industry norm DIN A4 which is 210 x 297 mm (= 21 x 29,7 cm). I only found this link in German: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/A4-Format The paper norm in U.S. is a little shorter and wider (215.9 mm x 279.4 mm = 21,59 x 27,94 cm).

Evelien And Dorien Twins

COMMENTATOR: GOOD MORNING, 30 Days of Write participants! It’s a beautiful day at the starting line of our endeavour; the sun is shinng and creativity is palpable wherever we turn. From all over the world, people joining in will be gathering notes, pens and setting up stories in their Final Drafts. 30 Days of Write was brought to you courtesy of Beth Fox Heisinger and Stage 32 and has participants worldwide! Be sure to stay updated with our broadcast as 30 Days of Write gets updates from writers! That’s all we have for you right now, Beth, back to you.

Debbie Croysdale

@Eveliendorien Twins. Thanks for the cheery reminder, it's Day 1 to begin work, on all our shared ambitions. This is the beginning of a journey no one need take alone, with endless possibilities and outcomes. All the thoughts shared, we may even discover "new tangents" or pathways to getting our projects off the ground.

David Levy

Everyone, start your engines! Hope everyone starts off on a strong note today. I unfortunately have an eye doctor appointment later this morning and I know my eues will be too dilated to write. So I will have to join the party tomorrow. May the creative juies flow faster than the Nile! Happy Writing all!

Debbie Croysdale

@David. Hope your appointment went well, sometimes I've remembered fleeting thoughts and feelings during medical appointments, I have later added to stories.

Robert Rosenbaum

This is a great idea. Perhaps everyone participating should post their logline. That would be the commitment! I know I should start with posting my own logline, but as I have just finished a new screenplay I am still deciding on which of the myriad of screenplays in my ideas folder I should work on next. LOL I will make a decision and post a logline soon.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Kick-start Day! Love the positivity and enthusiasm! Thanks everyone. This is fantastic! :) David, I hope your appointment goes well for you today too. You may not be able to tap away on your computer, but a lot of writing is working things out in your head, and that you can do. :) Me, my goal for Day 1 is to finish my rough outline and write my opening. Anyone else care to share what the day holds for you?

Richard Morell

Spending kick-start day with examining the structure of one of my scripts. I have a lot on my plate for November 1st, so there won't be much time for writing. However I will be engaged in an acting class and participating in a reading of an original play with discussion to follow, so I'm still in the thick of it. November looks to be a month where I have to rearrange my writing time to the mornings--I've been writing in the evening. But it seems too much is coming up during that prime real-estate time and I need to find another time to write. Well--who needs sleep, right? Oh, my log lines: Script One: The ghost of a young man who was murdered returns to his grieving father to help him over the hump and return to the land of the living. Script Two: A closeted and newly sober religion professor gets stranded in Laramie, Wyoming and falls in love with an atheist tow-truck driver and the town of gay nightmares.

Niksa Maric

Okay, Ladies and Gentlemen. It's officially November the 1st, time 5:00 PM. (in my time zone anyway) So, since Beth stated to share progress, I'll say what it is and what stage it reached so far. At the end of the month we can all see a progress that the script made. I heard people saying TV Pilot or TV series are the hardest thing to write. So be it, I mean I'll have to step on that land-mine at one point sooner or later. So, GREEN FOREST (logline posted under loglines on my profile) "rough first draft" Pilot + 7 episodes, 484 pages in total (nothing is final yet since I have a lot of more things to research ) I'll start a Bible and polish the current pages as much I can, but once I complete the Bible I'll post it under logline so maybe some of you could give me your opinion on that. Good luck!

Erica Benedikty

Well for me I'm going to continue on the outline idea for my script. I think I'm also going to finish writing my short script that I've had open for a month now. Of course later it's off to work but that's okay, I tend to write more in the mornings then night time. Happy writing to all!

John Garrett

You know, I had considered this. But I am in preproduction of a short that will shoot the first week of December. So I am not going to commit. Too much to get done this month. However, with that said, I am still working on a feature almost every day. But it is only for about an hour a day. Those that are dedicated to getting it done this Nov, I cheer you on! Get at it and DO NOT WAVER!

Debbie Croysdale

I think it's a good idea people in this thread are putting down personal things they're attending to on official start day, it's like being in each others home, and the interaction gives "cyber energy." (Shared Positive Vibe.). I did tune in to the thread earlier, but I'm just starting my work now, due to having guests earlier on weekend. I've been putting off my Rom Com for ages, because I find it the hardest subject with regards getting into the mind of the characters. I usually write DDD....Deep, Dark, Dangerous, but this project is light hearted with happy go lucky younger people, in amusing situations. I've done first outline, draft, theme etc, but I'm doing the whole script again, with regards to the point of view of the dialogue between characters. I'm hoping to pick up new ideas as I go, on this shared journey with you all, bringing "Sean and Fin," along for the ride. (2 male leads Rom/Com). Also today is the day "To Bin" any Unnecessary time wasting Sunday rituals, Lol not the Roast, but I'm not tuning into my usual 7pm fix of Dallas.

Elisabeth Meier

Niksa - lol. Seen from the starting time we Europeans were in advantage. :)

Hailey Escobar

I love this idea! I wanted to try and do it every month because I have so many ideas, but at least I have a place to start here and, hopefully, with some support behind me. I'm still working to be more structured with my writing schedule. I tend to write fantasy and sci-fi although I have a few others that are realistic fiction or based on true stories. Spending the first day working on editing one of my other scripts while also watching "Gotham" (I work better with a film or show because it helps me with dialogue and structure) and outlining my next scripts.

Evelien And Dorien Twins

our mobile was being screw-y so we didn't have a chance to look up who did this...but it seemed apropriate for this new endeavor of ours!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Way to go, Kathryn!

David Levy

Beth & Debbie: I convinced my doctor NOT to dilate me considering I was at my specialist Friday and he took care of those tests. I dodged a bullet there! So I might be able to write an entire episode of TMI - Too Much Information in a bit. Easy to do since all sketches/videos will be 4-7 pages..

Fiona Faith Ross

@DL luv yr title, TMI.

David Levy

Thanks Fiona! First episode is titled "Sex Advice". It's between a 21 year old kid and his father.

Fiona Faith Ross

Oh, I love it! Who needs the advice, the 21 yo, or the Dad? What does Mom have to say about it. Ha! ha! ha!

Jorge J Prieto

Hey, everyone, great post here on day one. I was up until 4 a.m. Got through the first 9 pages. Was to introduce the inciting conflict my protagonist is facing, which is should he jeopardize his soul and the love and respect of his girlfriend and mother, by becoming a strip dancer in order to make good money fast to help his beloved mother with mounting bills and a father who is about to arrive in a foreign country with no money and sick in a hospital. The antagonist (already a dancer at a gay clubs) is working his evil magic on protagonist to join him, that no one has to know. Protagonist will be a secret dancer, trained and entice by antagonist, who's motives are more personal and selfish than anything else. This is all I have to report my fellow writers from my screenplay The Secret Dancer, it's 1983. New York City and the life of an innocent 19 year old, son of a single mother, will be change forever. Stay tune, my fellow happy (November) happy writers...

David Levy

Fiona: at first the father gives it to his son then it grows into sharing the same info. Mom is nowhere in sight, lol. But I do plan on having a female version of the same title/conversation.

Erica Benedikty

Wow, nothing like crying as you finish your script. It's the best feeling in the world. I just finished a a first draft of a short 12 page Christmas script. I'll post more on it later, right now I need to wipe away my tears and get ready for work. Cheers all!

Jorge J Prieto

Totally in agreement with you my dear Kate.

Regina Partee

Hi, All! I'm getting a late start today. I love all the great comments. You all are giving me energy! About to jump in and work on my web series script again. Happy Writing All!

Kenneth W. Wood

Happy November everyone. I'm in on this challenge with you all. I am committing to a fantasy re-write which should take the first week of November. Then, I'm on to complete a first draft of a sci-fi thriller. All by November 30th. Fortunately, I've got a 15-page October jump and a good outline.

Robert Rosenbaum

Working on the logline for an idea i've had for some time. I will post it as soon as I get a working line to get some feedback. So far I like where it's going. I like this challenge.

Vince Conside

It's November already!! - I actually started yesterday morning: wrote some today - 12 pages total. Good luck everyone

Regina Partee

Okay, I got a late start, but I did 6 pages on my Web Series. That's no too bad. Thanks to you all, I also got some of the outline done for my Children's feature film! Off to a good start!

Jorge J Prieto

Kenneth, Robert, Vince , great having you on this journey, 3 amigos.

Christopher Joseph

Thank you Elisabeth for the info! All these years writing and never have stumbled across that type of paper! This contest I'm writing for is very stringent I am finding as I've already blown through now six of my script concepts and NONE meet the criteria! I have resorted to taking a small portion of one I have called 'The Pimp Is In' as part of the 'origin' of the story. Writing now, wish me well! Appreciate ya'll!

Marli Monroe

Great progress today, since I was still navigating the sugar high from last night! I re-worked my outline and everything is falling into place. More writing tomorrow...minus the sugar. I hope everyone had a productive day!

Beth Fox Heisinger

It's great to hear a lot of you fared well today. :) Me, not so much... I had such a jammed-packed weekend that I didn't quite get the chance. I managed to do a little in between events, but not nearly what I had hoped for. So, tomorrow should be a busy, productive day. Here's to Monday!

Evelien And Dorien Twins

Since we have a lot to agree on (two of us here, haha) today mainly consisted out of brainstorming and storymapping for us. Finished the first 4 pages and quite happy with it so far. We're having a very busy couple of days ahead, but we're used to working in the middle of the night and lack-of-sleep is our middle name, so we'll steam through. We should be able to work through a large chunk tomorrow (advantage of mapping things out) so onwards we go!

Elisabeth Meier

Christopher - I think you got this contest rules wrong and take it as complicated. I understand it not as strict, it only says it shall be in a normal letter paper format and A4 is the most common. Actually this is a sign they also accept and get stuff printed and by post - maybe they only accept the printed form? I don't know, but if they accept your script uploaded as well and you write in FD, Celtic or what ever you have nothing to fear and can forget the paper format.

Fiona Faith Ross

Such productivity! I have not written anything substantial yet, but been doing research into the genre and potential audience. I have a logline, which I'll be developing today, and I'll work on the synopsis.

Debbie Croysdale

@Fiona. Hi I'm in a similar boat to you, with regards rom com research, although I don't have the added sub genre of horror. I'm used to serious horror, but have to admit, I would find laughable horror very tricky. Determined though to master this particular subject, and I'm having a group discussion with a group of "Young" barstaff later on in the week, to get a picture of what is going on in their minds about a whole range of topics.

Ryan C. Davis

Okay...Nov.1st page total is only 3, but I had to spend time dusting off the script and reading it to return to where I was when I started with ideas. Goal for today is 5 pages...

Christopher Joseph

Elisabeth, thanks I got it on the paper part. It's their rules of engagement that is throwing me off - The contest is sponsored by an alcohol company and basically you can't have any reference to alcohol maybe besides "I need a drink" plus all of your protagonists must be 25 and over - That cut out 5 of my scripts alone from their stipulations which is frustrating. Not to mention they want a tight 7 page script. If unique commercials can do it in 60 seconds I'm going for the challenge! So far, I have a ton of notes and heavy scribbles trying to get it right before I write! Whew!

Elisabeth Meier

Christopher - I see. Which company is the sponsor? Best of luck!

Michael J Smyth

2nd of November and haven't even put anything on a page. Loads of ideas swirling around in my head for some scenes that I would like to happen but just need to get it down and start arranging how i want the short to go. Good luck everyone !

Kathy Ediss

I am working on a tv pilot. Anyone else? I too, opened my script and just stared at it. Ideas running rampant but still waiting their turn to get on paper. Ok, here I go!

Sonibel Rae

I am working on completing a 45 page screenwriting assignment for school which I've been struggling with due to genre (fact based drama, I'm a comedy person) and also completing the last 10 episodes of my web series I plan to film next year. Episodes average about 5 minutes so it's not too much. I wrote 3 and a half pages yesterday and it was the most inspired I have been about the assignment so far, I'm really excited to see how much progress I make by the end of it.

Leo Sopicki

My Plan: I have about fifty pages of The Slingshot Brigade done. First 30, then random bits and pieces. 1. Complete the outline 2. Write anything to finish it without going back to edit 3. Make several passes aimed at different aspects of the script

Robert Rosenbaum

I am working on my logline and beatsheet today. I am very happy with the progress. While I've have more developed ideas than the one I've chosen for November, it is closest to my newest finished screenplay which I am currently shopping. I have been studying up on "selling your screenplay" as that has ultimately been a weak spot for me. They say you should have "one in the wings" that is in the same genre. So I am excited about making this my "what else have you got" script. I am also considering posting what I am doing with this Nov challenge on my FB page. I figure if I announce my commitment to my non screenwriting friends, I will be even more hard press to complete the challenge!

Christopher Binder

That's never a very healthy idea.

Elaine Haygood

The screenplay I'm working on currently is entitled, "And The Coming Of Nighttime". the story was inspired by two movies: "The Howling" and "Blade Runner". I've always been a fan of Werewolf films and "The Howling" literally served as a game changer for the genre-It also got me to thinking about what if Werewolves weren't just pathetic, cursed individuals leading lonely existences as they wander the country side, desperate for a cure. The Howling got me to thinking, "what if, instead of all that, they lived as a society within society?" Which of course, led me to thinking of what it means to feel like an outsider, to feel as if you have to hide the most vital aspects of yourself for fear that should others discover your secret, you, and everyone you care about would be in utter peril. I also loved "Blade Runner's" dystopian future-and flying cars. The story itself revolves around Dr. Josette Anthony, a brilliant Home girl with a PhD serving as the top Geneticist for Bio-Logical. Her husband, Stephen Durant, owner of the company and their daughter, Petra. Things get cracking when Stephen ends up turning himself into a Werewolf in a lab experiment gone horribly wrong. Anyhoo, I'm about halfway through Act 2, and actually managed to get through a scene that has been plagueing me for some time-I'm also working on a graphic novel version of the story. I'll post more in a day or so when I get more pages done.

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

Hello EVERYONE, okay, so I knew yesterday was coming... but Sunday's are a bit of a challenge, it's usually family day around her... I shooed them all away and then sat down to watch the Royals & Mets game and then that was that. So Happy Monday to all. First of all Beth, thank you for sparking these engines. I'm going to go for it. I have Act I of a rewrite done and hope to finish the whole rewrite by the 30th. A month ago I remembered I had an 'IDEAS' folder somewhere, so I hunted it down and in the same filing cabinet I found 15 Chapters of a book I started a long time ago. Thank goodness I have the hard copy because I no longer have the disc or that computer. As soon as I'm done writing it I'm going to adapt it into a screenplay and have my own IP. Yaay. I'm all pumped up Beth. Thank you. I'll keep you posted. All the best to all in achieving your goals this month. Keep it up. xo P.S. I read most of the posts above... what a great group... just too many to read them all or I'll never get started.

Christopher Joseph

Elisabeth or for anyone it's Jameson First Shot Short Film contest in conjunction with TriggerStreet. Check the rules, they are nuts!

Andy Silverman

I spent the last 5 days in Austin and am flying home today. tomorrow I will join the fray. Applying all the new information l learned at the panels should make this my best vomit draft ever.

Elisabeth Meier

Christopher - thanks for sharing. Just checked it. They are discriminating. Have you checked the list of countries from which you may participate? A great example why we should block the information where we and our computer are located.

Anthony Cawood

@Christopher... the Jameson comp has been running for a few years now, the requirements don't seem too difficult this year and you can look at it the other way round and treat them as nice specific guidelines to deliver a script that they are looking for... though probably means writing one from scratch. Not sure what software you use for screenwriting but in most you can change the page size from US to A4 pretty easily. @Elizabeth, unfortunately it's their competition so they can restrict it as they see fit, suspect that it's probably got something to do with where they sell Jameson... there's plenty of competitions that have similar stipultions ;-(

Anthony Cawood

My script for the November challenge is a limited location thriller, tentatively entitled 'Family Bonds'. I've done the planning for it cerebrally, and aiming to write without outline or plan and see how it goes freestyling for a change. Logline A Brother and Sister struggle to make a go of their new business, but this is the least of their worries when an abusive ghost from their past returns to terrorise them one last time. Wrote four pages yesterday, hoping to achieve similar today.

Regina Partee

My focus changed a little bit on my writing today. Found out that a television pilot I wrote with a co-writer 9 years ago is finally gaining some interest. I actually haven't worked on it since I originally wrote it and he called me and said someone is interested but the script needs updating. So I'm frantically updating. Lol! Well, you know how these things go. could be sold right away, or we may be waiting another 9 years to hear anything. But at any rate, I'm going to get the rewrite done and the script resubmitted to put the ball back in their court. I've forgot about the Jameson First Shot Contest too! Thanks everybody. But for now, I'll go back to my Web Series once I finish the TV pilot rewrite. Phew! November is going to be busy! Thanks for the support of the group. I feel like I'm part of a movement of super talented people! Happy Writing!!

David Levy

One pilot I finshed a rewrite on mught have to take a backseat since I head Fox put out a pilot production commitment for a reboot of The Greatest American Hero. My concept Project: Hero is very slightly similiar in basic premise but different in SOOO many aspects. I know this kind of thing happens, still a bummer. Still going forward with it, just never know these days.

David Benitez

Hey guys, glad I found d this lounge, love the motivation, hope everyone succeed in their screenplays, I'm on page 5 my short film ,was hopping some of you guys can give me some thoughts on it, and if I can post it here?

Gary Blencowe

Something for everyone on this journey. "Know yourself, Believe in yourself and follow your heart! Pursue your passion to find fulfillment!

Gary Blencowe

And a bit of a laugh to break up the day! Stevie Wonder is playing his 1st gig in China and the place is packed to the rafters. In a bid to break the ice he asks if anyone has a request. One chap jumps out of his seat in the 1st row and shouts at the top of his voice "Play a jazz chord! play a jazz chord!" Amazed that this guy knows about the jazz influences in Stevie's career, the blind impresario starts to play an E minor scale and then goes into a difficult jazz melody for about 10 minutes. When he finishes the whole place goes wild. The chap jumps out of his seat again and shouts "No, no, play a jazz chord, play a jazz chord". A bit cheesed off by this, Stevie, being the professional that he is, dives straight in to a jazz improvisation with his band around the B flat minor chord and really tears the place apart. The crowd goes ballistic with this impromptu show of his musical expertise. But, still the little Chinese man jumps up again and shouts "No, no. Play a jazz chord, play a jazz chord". Stevie is really annoyed now that this chap doesn't seem to appreciate his playing ability and shouts to him from the stage " OK - smart arse, you get up here and do it". The little bloke climbs onto the stage, takes hold of the mike and starts to sing............ "A jazz chord to say, I ruv you... "

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

Thanks Gary, very funny....

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi David B. Welcome! Please post your work on your profile page, under "Logline." People can view it there, and perhaps leave comments. You can delete at any time and/or re-post as you go. Or, you can share/exchange work for review through email. :)

Evelien And Dorien Twins

Day 2 update: About 10 pages into the screenplay & an almost finished beatsheet on our end!

Kenneth W. Wood

Progress Report Nov. 1, 2015: I am up to page 95 in my rewrite of my fantasy screenplay, "BETWIXT AND BETWEEN, The True Origins of Peter Pan". 15 pages to go. This is an adaptation of "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens", J.M. Barrie's prequel to Peter Pan.

Carey Fulks

Working on my second TV pilot. Outline is done, teaser is started...4 pages down and 56 left to go.

Marli Monroe

Today turned into a research day for me. I don't mind...It is part of the journey and you never know where it's going to take you. Plus, I'm obsessed with research! Back to writing tomorrow. Great job, everyone!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Wow, great work! You guys are killing it! Truly inspiring. :) Me, I'm off to a slow start, but I should make better traction in the days ahead.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Kathryn, could I borrow some of your energy? Please? :)

Tad Wojnicki

Whoopee! I did what I promised myself! :) As Nov.1 closes, I'm sitting here at 7/11 across the street from my condo, my short script in front of me, and my fingers still hot from typing, , , It's shit, I'm sure, but it's done. I'll knock out another one Nov.2, sooo, , , Let's wish each other lots of luck! :)

Sonibel Rae

I completed 3.5 pages today. Aiming for five pages tomorrow. I'm 11 pages into the 45 page script now, really happy with the motivation this has given me.

Boomer Murrhee

I'm holding back before I jump into writing. Looking at my wall of 3X5 cards with the climax in mind but open for new ideas. I'm looking at the inciting incident and turning points to see if they are progressive and if they really do turn the protag into a new direction for which there is no return. This is the fun part of writing. I'm seeing more possibilities.

Brian Walsh

Well, I'm 18 pages into the feature I'm writing now. It's inspiring to read all the posts and it helps get me fired up to work and not procrastinate, (which I can tend to do from time to time, but sometimes I put off procrastination to do other things).

Debbie Croysdale

Hi all. I'm off to town, meeting a group of young barstaff on their break at split shift. (Later on in the day). The end game is to gain fresh insights/perspectives in what they are thinking about, as my Rom Com is their age group. I've said before in this thread the genre is new to me, the difficulty is not in the writing, but getting inside the characters minds. I agree with Boomer above, work is not just in the writing, but the theory aswell. There are so many ways of study for writing, observation being only one. Your idea is spot on Boomer, working out ways for getting the most both in protagonist arc and story fuel.

Ryan C. Davis

I was only able to crank out 3 pages yesterday before a migraine settled in, but they were 3 great pages of dialogue. You are all inspiring me to keep with it and hone my daily routine. Thank you...

David Levy

Ryan: 3 pages is still better than none. I've only written down 2 new ideas for my comedic web series. I've been reviewing the same script over and over. An agent's assistant at APA who did coverage on my script a few months back wants me to e mail him my latest draft. Don't know how many more times I can review the damn thing before sending it!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Thanks everyone! This is great! I really love hearing how everyone is doing. :) I've had a slow start as well. Remember this is not a "competition." Everyone works in their own way. Comparing yourself to other writers' process, progress or ideals is a very very good way to feel very very bad. We certainly don't want that. ;) Boomer: I'm doing the same thing -- working it out first. I unexpectedly became so busy prior to Nov. that I was unable to prep my outline, so I'm behind where I wanted to be. However, I've been thinking more in terms of sections rather than page count and that's been helpful. :)

Shari D. Frost

a little behind -- just got home from AFF -- but excited to catch up. today I'll be working on a logline and beat sheet. by Friday I hope to have an outline. I'm inspired by you all! ready, set go!

Wendy Joseph

Yep, I'm in. Had an exec from Weinstein express interest in my WWII drama, recommending I rewrite (read that "trash") the first 30 pages. Still in denial that this super company is interested after all the rejections, but hi ho, hi ho, it's off to the chopping block I go. Any comparisons from y'all about what this little chore is like for you? I state it's like putting your head in the guillotine and loosing the blade yourself, but instead of the quick painless end it's reputed to have (can't speak from experience here), the blade severs s-l-o-w-l-y. Hmm. Now that's a scene I haven't seen in a gory slasher movie. Any takers?

Christopher Joseph

Congrats Wendy! Weinstein is huge news! I do hate slashing script I worked so diligently on, poured your heart and soul into to have somebody basically say "Hmm, this part sucks". I learned my lesson though, I missed out an opportunity with a small film company some years ago because I whined about rewriting a portion of the script. They basically ended up not using my script or me. I do it like this now, take that portion out and keep it, I basically have another in development script I can mold however way I want to. That lil piece can take me in a whole new direction! Cut that part out and make something else! Hey, are we cousins? LOL

Jorge J Prieto

Love everyone's techniques. I once I know the world my characters live in, I just dive in. Like writing teacher, Pilar Alexandra,s says, just keep going and don't look back until you are done. I know my ending b4 I start. What works for you all, you should stick to.. Page 24 of act one. Now comes the most difficult for me, act 2. Might have to visit the world my protagonists just entered, then again is 1983. Let's do this!!

Wendy Joseph

Chris, 117th cousins twice removed on my uncle's sister's aunt's brother-in-law's stepdaughter's side; shaken, not stirred. Actually it wouldn't surprise me. Any Black Irish Catholic Sweeneys or Sullivans on your side? Any Filipinos? Any Ukrainian Jews? Any Nez Perce? Any Scandinavians? Extra-terrestrials? I wouldn't be surprised if they found those last in my DNA. You never know.

Robert Rosenbaum

Day three and I'm still mostly in my head with my story. I have written (what I think is) a strong logline and begun my beat sheet. I am very happy with my progress as once I have the structure down and story developed in my head I can write the script pretty quickly. I am also getting excited about the story - which always helps.

Debbie Croysdale

Day three went well for me, even before my planned barstaff meeting, I found an unexpected source of ideas talking to the young girl who blow dried my hair in a salon. It's amazing where inspiration pops up, when out in the public tapestry of cities, some characters even stranger than fiction. (To anyone who doesn't know, I'm particularly referring to studying how young people think with view to Rom Com.)

David Benitez

Hey guys I finish my first 5 pages of my short film, wanTed to get some feedback, was hoping you guys can check it out and give me some thoughts on what you think about it so far, its in myloglines.thanks

Elaine Haygood

Working to find some good Werewolf films to help get me in the right head space-But, I got pages done yesterday and I had some done before the start, so I'm not stressing.

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

David Levy, go ahead and send it to the Assistant that wants to read it again. If you're good with it... I'd send it... the worst that can happen is he'll give you more Notes LOL. It's a process.

Marli Monroe

I was only able to spend a couple of hours on writing and research today, but I feel good about what I accomplished. Thank you, Beth, for getting us 'fired up and ready to go'!!

Niksa Maric

Elaine - Underworld (any of the 4 movies) is always a good choice if you need to re-charge.

Marli Monroe

Sorry to hear about your migraine, Ryan. I hope you feel better today/tonight!

Sarah Miller

I got six pages done on one of the scripts today. Not much but more than I've done in weeks. I needed something like this challenge to actually make time to write again.

Tad Wojnicki

Nov.2, I got a start on my 2nd short titled, "Acapulco at a Knife Point." I did just 2 pages, but hey, 2 pages is already 2 pages, right? :) I hope everybody is doing a splendid job.

Fiona Faith Ross

I've been lurking, because it feels like I haven't done much, but in fact, I've been reconstructing my logline. I'm also working again with my tutor on this project. My target is to get a 10 page treatment out by the end of the month. My concept is promising, but he's asked me to come up with 5 different loglines by tomorrow evening. Ha ha! I have 3.

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

Yaay Kass... 10 pages is fantastic. xo

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hey Marli. You're welcome. :) I'm just happy to see you're feeling good about your own work. That's fantastic!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Wow, everyone is doing great! :) Happy to hear you feel more inspired to write, Sarah M. Sometimes a little push helps. :)

Wendy Joseph

Elaine, Benicio Del Toro's turn as the Wolfman, with Anthony Hopkins (2010), caught my fancy. (Though anything from any Del Toro usually does) And the original with Lon Chaney Jr. (1941) still cuts it. For laughs, there's I Was A Teenage Werewolf (1957) which is nevertheless touching. And a step further off, there's I Married A Monster From Outer Space (1958), whose non-CG, Gothic-lighted Man turned to Monster is still as terrifying as anything digital.

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

WENDY!!! You're truly a horror fan. You put a smile on my face with your post. I don't watch horrors, but you definitely put a smile on my face with your enthusiasm. I'd watch Benicio in anything he does... except horror although I know it's very popular. If I can't watch it... I can't write it. LOL.

Brian Walsh

I was thinking about this whole group today and was trying to put it in proper perspective. It's fantastic of course to have all this encouragement and inspiration as an incentive to work a little harder and do more, but it's also an opportunity to build better habits and continue afterward to write more often and take this work seriously. So while I'm enjoying the camaraderie, I also want to build this kind of initiative into my work habits. So thank you all for helping me on many levels.

Boomer Murrhee

I'm still playing with the narrative structure and making sure there is an increasing progression of obstacles for my antagonist. Every day I seem to add new ideas (set-ups and pay-offs) along with changes to the opening and climax which make it stronger. I may need the help of friends with my outline to make sure the progression and character arcs are believable before diving in and writing a new treatment. Pushing forward, loving this thread.

Evelien And Dorien Twins

Let's talk a bit about what everyone's writing (other than the updates)! Do you feel you're writing something totally within your comfort zone or are you venturing out into new territory? What genre are you writing, any subgenres? Do you have a logline already or are you the kind of writer who writes loglines based on what they have written prior? We sort of feel like we're venturing out because we're not used to writing comedy but this one came to mind 2 weeks ago and we're having a lot of fun devising believable storylines around the hoax-hook. ------ We're currently writing a comedy with a faux sci-fi element to it. Title: Soundstage 51 Logline (in progress): The U.S. Government has a public image problem. To counter their slew of bad press, they set up a giant soundstage underneath the Arizona desert...

Ryan C. Davis

So, no actual writing yesterday, but brainstormed and outlined for short film script competition. Nice break from writing, but ready to dive back into it today!

Kenneth W. Wood

Alright. As of 11:48AM yesterday, Oklahoma City Thunder time, I am finished with my re-write of "BETWIXT AND BETWEEN, The True Origins of Peter Pan". It's hot and ready to pitch—something I will be doing all of November. When I am not pitching, I will be working on my next screenplay to get it ready before month's end.

Regina Partee

I had a good start, but over the last couple of days, I haven't had a chance to even get on the computer to write 1 word. BUT, I'm back on track today. I have a couple of hours of free time - YAY! Getting on the computer now. Happy Writing, Everyone!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hey Twins. I'm writing in my comfort zone, but working faster than I normally do. I'm trying to embrace the first draft by pushing through and not rewriting immediately -- like usual. It's been difficult, but the process is getting better. I'm considering the first draft as 'telling the story to myself,' a "sketch," if you will. Then, the real hard work begins. Lol! :) Your project sounds fun! -- a different take, kind of like "Wag the Dog?" My first thought about your "logline in progress," is be sure to clearly set up the stakes -- perhaps raise them? I know it's a comedy, but "a public image problem" seems a bit vague and "typical." Is it more focused on one person, the President, perhaps? Or, perhaps, does it revolve around a specific, huge image problem? :)

David Levy

I agree with Beth on the public image problem. Instead of the Government you could narrow it down to more of an agency within the Govt. In "Wag The Dog" they had to repair the President's image in about 7-10 days before the election. Great film and book. I'm stepping outside my comfort zone today and brainstorming the characters and arcs for my first sitcom about a retired NFL QB from too many injuries who takes over his father's financial services firm and staffs it with the last people anyone would want to hire, but they're effective and get the job done. Calling it "Business As Usual". I think Tyler Blake sounds like a good NFL QB name. Opinions?

Evelien And Dorien Twins

The logline we placed is the one we came up with while the storyline was developing in our minds, we usually leave it purposely vague to start off with as to not suffocate ourselves with tunnel vision LOL - we only write the ’full’ and ’’official’ LL after we’ve finished the first draft

Evelien And Dorien Twins

(Why does the mobile/app version of S32 often leave out chunks of posts you make??) -- originally added to the comment above was ’it’s part of our personal process!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Sure, makes sense, Twins. Everything's a work in progress -- especially within this thread. :)

David Levy

This thread reminds me of a Kenny Rogers song he did early in his career titled "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)". But this is more like "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition Everyone Else's Writing Condition Is In).

Beth Fox Heisinger

David L., perhaps flip it -- Blake Tyler. Have you ever seen the spoof sports names videos by Key & Peele? East/West College Bowl. Hilarious! My favorite name is: Hingle McCringleberry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gODZzSOelss

David Levy

Beth: YES! I have watched that over and over, hysterical. My favorite: Fudge!

Shari D. Frost

Reporting in: Yesterday I completed a basic beat sheet and the first 2/3 of my outline (I'm at the toughest part, can you tell? Oy.) That's generally my process -- a beat sheet and a two page outline. Then I start drafting. Hopefully I'll be reading to start drafting by Monday. E. Twins - I'm writing in my comfort zone, give or take a few story elements that I expect to find challenging. Decided to go with the dramedy idea (my third, and what's that saying? "third time's a charm?) and hold off on the low budget sci fi for winter/spring. I have the beginnings of a logline but I won't even post it yet, because I will rewrite it at least 500 times before November is over :0P Beth -- love this!: "I'm trying to embrace the first draft by pushing through and not rewriting immediately." I made that same switch and found it incredibly liberating and motivating at the same time. Getting to the end offers such a great sense of accomplishment, and in turn, tons of positive energy to tackle all rewrites. Happy writing everyone!

Vince Conside

Hey everyone! Didn't write yesterday: but did finish reading The Hateful Eight - wrote today!

Jorge J Prieto

Hey, gang, I didn't write today, but my brain is on overdrive, working out the next 3 scenes. This is the only way I know how to work. I love surprises from my characters. As I've said b4 on another thread, I let my characters control me, to a certain point. As an actor I get in my characters psyche , once I know their motives and what makes them tick, I go on their journey with them, both male /female /old/young /crazy or sane. I'm not writing out of my comfort zone, so this is not hard, especially like I said b4, I know my ending before I start. It's always my goal that my characters learn something by the end, as well as my readers and ultimately my audience. Loving everyone's process and enthusiasm. Good luck everyone. Ps. My logline, should be up, very soon. I usually work on my loglines after I finish my screenplay. Anyone with me on this one?? I think I'm alone on this one???

Steven Michael

I didn't write anything until today. I was really busy with my other project - building my hot-rod in my garage. But today I wrote 10 pages. This screenplay was far along before today (70 pages) so nearly all of the plot points were already worked out. It's a thriller with many diversions and moving parts, so much of my work happens by thinking about the best ways to lay out the information I want to say. The best way to describe this is it's where the science of economics meets the slimy world of politics (I teach economics, I'm not slimy). And it shines a light on the most overlooked and misunderstood aspect of world economies - central banks and bankers.

Robert Rosenbaum

I had a rough day on all fronts today, but I did manage to make some progress on my beat sheet and some character development in my head. I'm still trying to flush out my hero. I also put some time into research crucial to my hero's work. My process is to be able to play the scenes in my head before writing them. This challenge is helping me focus and develop my story quickly. I plan to type "Fade in" this weekend. I see here everyone's process is a little different. It is fun to share this journey on so many different roads.

Marli Monroe

I'm definitely not writing in my comfort zone, but my Stage 32 t-shirt arrived in the mail today and now I need to kick this up a notch! Sh** just got real!!! Ok, it doesn't have quite the same impact when censored, but you get the gist. : ) Today was a 'character day' with a bit of research thrown in for good measure. Everything leads to research with me...I find it soothing. Everyone here is a great inspiration! Thanks!

Elaine Haygood

Thing is, I suck at loglines nearly as much as I suck at pitches-I still shudder at those sessions at the AFI wherein I would do my best to sum up my script in 2-5 sentences only to hear, "Nice, so what's the story about?". I'm going to wait until I get the script version of ATCON done before I list any loglines-I also have to wait until I can get the script registered before I can post it here. Damn, I'm lame. Anyhoo, spent the day doing domestic stuff and hope to get back to writing tomorrow. I tend to do a handwritten draft and then start on a digital one which gives me a chance to start editing/revisions-I know that's a bit slow, but it's what works for me.

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

That's great!!!... whatever works to inspire us is good.

Elaine Haygood

Wendy, thanks for the list-I've seen all those films-Was very taken with Emily Blunt's character in the Del Torro and Nikisa, I LOVE the Underworld films, though, they're a bit disappointing as they fail to show any sort of real culture for the Lycans and no females since the birth of Lucien-I have 3 of those but right now, I'm thinking something along the lines of Dog soldiers for pure Lycan rage and I O want to get hold of a copy of Howl-I'm also going to watch The Howling this weekend along with Bladerunner to revisit my original inspirations. An, VERY sorry I failed to answer you guys sooner, but I only tend to check my emails once a day lately and so I tend to miss out on your posts at the time you make them.

Erica Benedikty

Great picture Eveliendorien Twins! That pretty much sums up TV Producing as well. I'm gonna try and get some more work done on a script tomorrow night. Then I'll finally be off for a couple of days.

David Levy

First two pages in the books of my first ever sitcom! Comedy seems to talk to me more.It put all the other voices in my head on hold, they hate Polka music.

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

I'll see you all on Sunday... by then I should have something to report on my progress. Or please feel free to message me on my wall. Good night all. xoxo

Anthony Cawood

For those seeking help with structure, loglines etc... have a look at http://www.storyplanner.com/ basic membership is free, decent set of tools all in one place for a change!

Wendy Joseph

Elaine, my first novel started out on a notepad in longhand, and I still scribble ideas and dialogue with a pen on whatever paper is at hand. Until the typewriter came along in the 19th century, everybody wrote in longhand, which covers some pretty bloody good writers from Shakespeare to Edgar Allen Poe. The best editing program in the world is no match for my scribbles, arrows, cross-outs, and assorted indicators in my longhand drafts. The tools we use to write with are not the important things; the words are. I even used a quill pen and inkwell to draft a story set in 1812, and it definitely helped the writing to do it the way it was done then.

Gary Blencowe

Thanks Anthony, looks like a great resource. Have not been doing a lot of writing but have been prompted with this november shindig to do some work on a Social Media experiment that I will be unleashing soon.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Thanks for the the link, Anthony. Very helpful! :)

Andrew Bruce Lockhart

15 pages added thus far and have a formatting question for your thoughts am hoping someone could help with! https://www.stage32.com/lounge/screenwriting/When-to-put-character-names...

Niksa Maric

When they are introduced or mentioned for the first time. Usually in your screenplay's introduction stage. After that, simply write John, Mike, Sandra...etc. Also when you describe them for the first time, mention age, give short physical description, mention what their job is (if you think it's necessary.

Andrew Bruce Lockhart

Thanks Niksa - appreciate the thought there. The if you think it's necessary point is interesting. If we don't see the doctors again but do the guy on the trolley... I wonder if they need to be named and described?

Niksa Maric

Okay, if this PATIENT is mentioned or appears in your script again then first time describe him and use CAPITAL letters. As for doctors, maybe just their job description and age. Wait until someone else responses to this but that's how I would do it.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Andrew L., I posted an answer to your link. :) The thing to keep in mind is clarity. You want to create a clear picture and a terse narrative. For background characters that are functional use a nomenclature to both name and describe them: DOCTOR, PATIENT, STERN NURSE, BURLY ORDERLY. Age is often unnecessary, but of course it depends on your scene and story. :) I hope that helps!

Tad Wojnicki

Happy to report that I'm doing, so far, just as promised here on Nov.1 :) I promised to write this month 1-to-10 shorts, give my feature a final polish, , , and maybe, just maybe, tackle another stalled, jumbled feature . . .It's midnight, Nov.5, and I've just finished my 2nd short titled, "Acapulco at a Knife Point." Time to fill the glass. Tonight, Merlot. A sip anyone?

Wendy Joseph

"Zero Draft Sixty"! Love it!

Debbie Croysdale

A bland couple of days, no great revelations but got stuck into the necessary outline.

Tony Ginn

Somebody mentioned writing a Horror Story. I have a WIP titled Idi Amin " Fear of the Zombies " and a Sequel " Vampire Boy: Return to Evil ". Story line is IDI, a Demonic Alien comes to Earth to become the Leader of the Zombies. His ritual is to have a Virgin kill an infected Zombie and bring the blood of the kill to Idi. She kisses him with the blood in her mouth and Idi eats her flesh down to the bone. ( He is a Cannibal ) All around his Golden throne has the bones of the virgin he devoured as trophies above his throne. He has one virgin serving as his Queen to impregnate, to create another race of Zombies after killing all human beings on the planet and returning to his fortress on a planet in Space. Vampire Boy is his offspring to carry on his Legacy to do Evil deeds. A real Horror Story, I think!

Sarah Gabrielle Baron

Day five of Thirty Days of Editing, Re-writing, Editing, Cutting and Slashing, Re-writing, Editing, Polish polish polishing. I don't know if I can keep this up, it's so nit-picky (dare I say tedious?). But I had a good thought today : I will know this script SO WELL by the time I'm done, if I have to pitch it to rounds and rounds of execs, even it's five years from now, I'll know it cold.

Sarah Gabrielle Baron

Tony, pretty gory (but fun!) stuff! Try this: try swapping all the gender roles! I'm thinking of doing this for the re-write of my first spec, 'ATOMIC HEIGHTS' which is a typical boy-saves-girl post-apocalyptic action movie. After FURY ROAD, I thought, hell, why not?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Sorry to hear you had a bland couple of days, Debbie. ...Okay, try this mantra. Repeat after me: "I am my own Muse. I am my own Muse." Hey, it often works for me. Lol! ;)

Tony Ginn

Sarah, thanks for the suggestion. I will consider it, eh! I have relatives in Canada, the Hudlin/Alexander Family that dates back to Sarah Hudlin in 1619. We also have a Museum dedicated to my family in Victoria, the Hudlin Alexander Family Museum on upper Saanich. Also, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Uncle, Richard Alexander built the first Church and School on Salt Spring Island! Perhaps, we can meet one day! I believe in Women in Film! Gender switch suggests seduction to me.

Elisabeth Meier

I am my own Muse? I'm healthy. I'm creative, I know how to do this, I know how to write, I love writing this story, I can't wait to beat Kathryn with her pages because she will reach she point when she needs to breathe and take a break ;), I am behind the rest - but I don't care, I'm a great screenwriter, I will make it - even if I need until x-mas and don't write a word in November, I am a part of this nevertheless. lol.

Boomer Murrhee

Life keeps getting in the way. I had a dentist appointment, afterward received an unexpected phone call from the in-laws about picking up and babysitting their 2 dogs. I had to take something back to the dentist office and left the truck running and when I came back discovered those cute lovable Yorkies had accidently locked the door. Luckily, I was able to call the dealership and they gave me the code to unlock the door. Most of my writing day had slipped through my fingers. Maybe I should consider comedy for my next project? I'm still arranging, or should I say re-arranging cards. Each day I feel I'm getting closer to the story I want to tell. It's not quite there yet. Though I've spent considerable time on the climax, I think it still needs more TLC. I am my own muse...I am my own muse...Hope everyone has a productive and creative day.

Debbie Croysdale

This thread is awesome. @Boomer. Your bad day sounds like a good scene to add to for comedy or horror. Two dogs have locked the car door with you outside, and you need the key code but your mobile fails and your in the middle of the desert.etc etc. Lol. Life does keep getting in the way, luckily the catastrophes are usually minimum and salvageable, and the computer is still looming in the horizon. @Eveliendorian Twins Re post on what we all doing, my genre is Rom Com, totally new to me. Your picture further up in the thread really tickled me, the cartoon character un phased by the pressure of self imposed deadline. Also another comment that hit the spot describing writing comedy from @David "Puts all the other voices in my head on hold" couldn't agree more, writing this morning some light hearted teenage jinxes, put my belligerent pre coffee fix frame of mind in another space. (Lol for a few minutes anyway.). @Elaine Your new take on Werewolves sounds intriguing with a few wild cards not seen in other films. @Beth Thanks for the inspiration "Muse saying." IT'S NOT BEEN A WEEK YET FOLKS AND ALREADY FEELS LIKE IVE JOINED AN ARMY......THAT IS ACTUALLY GOING TO ARRIVE. ....BY 30th.

Erica Benedikty

I think what's awesome about this besides the overwhelming support here, is the fact that it's put our own writing to the forefront. It's not like we don't think about it ever day, but for those of use who have life get in the way writing we are forced to figure out ways around this. By trying to maximize every moment we can to take up this personal challenge. In stead of getting home tire and saying I'll write something tomorrow, I read the success stories in this post and I'm like YEAH, I can do this! Even if it mean only writing a couple of lines or working on a little more research. So last night even though I was tired I started on my logline for the short story I wrote for this 30 day challenge. I feel comfortable if I only end up completing a short story and not the full feature script that I was planning on.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Haha, you're welcome, Debbie and Boomer! :) Elisabeth, the Muse thing is just a fun bit of positive mojo. Got you fired up! Lol! :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Clubbers, please keep in mind this is not a competition. Comparing yourself to others is a BIG no-no. It’ll just make you feel like you can’t measure up. This isn't about page count or word count or how fast or how slow you work. This "race" is a personal one. So, no competitive stuff, all right? ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Okay, here's my new daily mantra: "I can fix this in rewrite." :)

Fiona Faith Ross

I haven't contributed much. I'm working on my logline with my tutor. It's really tough going because he keeps slinging it back at me. He won't do it for me (lol, of course) but he does tell me what's missing. Doesn't make it any easier though. I'm nearly there.

Beth Fox Heisinger

You're welcome, Anna. Happy to hear it! Sounds like you're doing great and working hard. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Fiona, my dear, I'm growing concerned... Is this tutor imposing his process, his writing style, his subjective opinions upon you? This is YOUR work, not his. Working for HIS approval sounds oppressive, not creative, not encouraging. :/

Fiona Faith Ross

@Beth Not at all. We get great results. I shouldn't like it if he didn't push me. The more heavy lifting I can do at the log line synopsis stages, the better the story line will come out. The core concept is tight, but there've been some hard decisions, that's all, over which components take precedence over others.

Fiona Faith Ross

omg I'm reading the script of Galaxy Quest. It's hilarious.

Wendy Joseph

Tony: Really, fellow wordsmith, I'm disappointed in you. Surely you can amp up the body count and gore factor a little more than that?! There's just not enough blood, sweetheart! The Makeup and FX people won't have enough to do--after all, they need to make a living too! ;) As far as drawing from family background, my great-great grandmother was a Madame in turn of the 19th-20th century Seattle, and I think there's a story there about women's choices or lack thereof in the Old West. On the comedy side, my great-uncle George invented the Pogo stick and there might be a cutie of a story there, as main plot or comic subplot. Elisabeth and Erica: My first novel took 25 years to write. One short play took three years. Another took three days. Nobody gives two shakes how long it took you to write something, only if it's good or not. Sarah: Yeah, Fury Road was definitely Ms.Theron's movie; Max was literally just along for the ride. I was impressed by how the action never outweighed the story line and character development. It's a good movie to analyze for story structure. And how about those gun totin,' straight shootin' biker grannies?! Talk about good roles for older women!

Tony Ginn

First, I thought this opportunity to share our works is to collaborate and not criticize. We have make-up Artists in Seattle that I will engage at a future date to go to our Sag-Aftra Studio ( Free ) to develop a You Tube Video once my WIP is done for the Demonic Zombie. As far as family history goes, documented, I can trace back 10 generations from three tribes. More than Kunte Kinte. Are you a Member of Sag-Aftra? You are not my Sweetheart, but I forgive You! God Bless. Oh, by the way, I do work with Women in Film!

Tony Ginn

Anna, Do you know what Sweet Apple means? Correct spelling is HANNUKKA. also known as, CHANNUKUH. Google the Words for the definition. Shalom

Robert Rosenbaum

I'm still pounding out my story in my head. I have a logline and beat sheet. I did it all very fast. I know it will change, but that's OK. I have the structure and I plan on diving in on the script tomorrow.

Kenneth W. Wood

Progress Report: Oct. 28-Nov. 4 was a rewrite, of script #1, BETWIXT AND BETWEEN, was 17 pages plus a final polishing. Yesterday, Nov. 5, I added 5 new pages on script #2 (up to page 20) This one's fun, but also an out-and-out Sci-Fi-brain buster. I could use a collaborator on this one. Any Sci-Fi pros. out there?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Sounds great, Robert! :) I've had to back up some. I did start my first draft, but decided to go back to my outline and rethink a few things before returning to my first draft. I'm a little frustrated, but I know it's the right approach. :)

Jorge J Prieto

Okay, finished Act One, 34 pages and an intriguing finish, which even surprised me because as you all know, I write as an audience member. I enjoy the process as an spectator. Now, I have a question. The loglines, should we post them here or on our profile? Now, that's for those of us who decide to make them public here on Stage 32. I understand many have concerns about posting their loglines with out first having their scripts copyright.

Robert Rosenbaum

It's a process, Beth. That's the fun of it!

Elisabeth Meier

@Anna, yes, but it's early this year from 6-14. Hence, we would win only 6 additional days.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Yup, a fun process indeed, Robert! :) Jorge, please post your work on your profile page. There will also be weekly check-in blogs on Sundays for Clubers to share November progress as well.

Niksa Maric

Happy Festival of Light to you as well Anna. I'm pretty sure projects don't move much, only we who create them do. We move a lot.

Vince Conside

Hey everyone, pretty good day, three pages completed - added some new ideas to my step outline - keep writing people... Just sit and write - "Be kind to one another" E.G

Marli Monroe

I hit a bit of a snag yesterday with the logline, so I decided to step away for awhile and return with a fresh take on it. When I read it again today, two new ideas hit me immediately, research ensued, and I had an 'aha' moment. Hopefully, the 'aha' doesn't lose it's momentum overnight. If so...I am my own muse!!! Perfect mantra, Beth...I will need to repeat it often! : ) Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Christopher Joseph

Still messing around with Jameson First Shot, no alcohol, nobody under 25. Had to dig in and really revamp and retool. Believe I have something concrete, about 4 pages in and will have to rewind a bit as this has to be a tight 7 page script. Thinking mostly visual setup, bulk of dialogue between main two protagonists. Time to chop chop chop it up and see what scraps come out. 'The Pimp Is IN" After earning his psychology degree in prison an ex-convict by chance saves a suicidal socialite before incurring media scrutiny. (Logline in progress) Any feedback?

Wendy Joseph

Sounds intriguing, Chris. Lots of cross-social world opportunities. I'm going for it too, with a spoofy contemporary film noir where the detective and two of the three tough guys are women. Logline: A jaded detective realizes the missing songstress she's been hired to locate is a target for murder.

Jorge J Prieto

Christopher, Wendy took the words out my mouth, intriguing. I like it, just you can incorporate a "but" or "however" in your logline to show stake or risk involved in the process of saving... I like your hook, though about someone once a menace to society, now helping another human being in need of saving. Hope this helped a bit, buddy.

Jorge J Prieto

@BETH, thanks. You did mention already to post our loglines on our profile. Sorry, I have a real bad head cold, headache, runny nose and Eyes. Terrible, but I'm pushing forward on my screenplay The Secret Dancer. Got 45 pages written. You'll be amazed how a writers own health transfers to your characters. My. Protagonists is not having a good day in my last scene and he takes out on his girlfriend. Weird, but are both having a rough time. Weird? No, crazy. Hey at least I'm laughing now as I write this. THANKS BETH, girlfriend!

Jorge J Prieto

It's passed 2am, took 2 Benadryl hours ago and still runny nose and eyes. The song mama said there be days like this, there be days like this. Mama said, just popped into my head. Hey tomorrow can only get better, my fellow November writers clubbers. Let's ALL do this!

Erica Benedikty

For Jorge, Soft Kitty...Warm Kitty... Little ball of fur.... happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr purr purr.

Regina Partee

Hi All! I've been kinda out of it the last couple of days. I did manage to get about 10 pages in total done over the last couple of days, but wasn't feeling to well, so I was kinda bed bound. BUT I did get a chance to watch some Christmas movies on Hallmark - a tradition for my mom and I. I saw a couple of comments about posting loglines, but I think I missed the original post. Are we posting those loglines here or on our profiles? Thanks!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well, Regina. That certainly puts a damper on things. Hopefully you'll feel better soon. :) If you wish to post/share your work, the best and preferred place to do so is on your profile page. You can also share/exchange scripts for review through email. There will also be a check-in blog tomorrow to post about your progress.

Erica Benedikty

Soft kitty is for you too Regina, feel better soon.

Warren Frost

Same Beth I am working on ruling out distraction

Wendy Joseph

Got some work done yesterday on the shortie for the Jameson contest. Nice to do something that has a clear end in sight because it's only a few pages. It's also a good exercise in packing a lot into a little. Now I've no excuse for getting back to work on the feature length script, the outline for another, the idea shuffling for a third, the languishing novel, the laundry, the preparations for moving, the laundry, the kitty litter box, the laundry, shopping for curtains and a microwave, the laundry, looking for another job, the laundry . . .

Tony Ginn

Hello to all my colleagues. Just checking in with all of you. Currently finishing edits on my SYFY the " Void Trilogy " Episode l and will share soon. " Void Trilogy " ll and lll are WIP's with a following sequel Millennium 4016 in draft form. Note: Void ll and lll are an adaptation from Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom's book the " Jesus Incident " and Destination:Void by Frank Herbert ( Dune Movies ). I met Frank Herbert in 1972 in Port Townsend, WA. " Pursuit ", Buffalo Soldiers ", Summer Camp " and my Grandfathers Story " They All Played Ragtime " uploaded to share. Still writing!

Marli Monroe

Hi Tony, I'm looking forward to reading "Void Trilogy" Episode 1! I read Dune a few months ago and became obsessed with all 800 pages. I cried when I finished it. Frank Herbert was a visionary...I'm sure it was an honor to have met him! Thanks for sharing!

Tony Ginn

Amy. I spent time in Rose, OR back in 1976 when I worked for Texaco Inc. We held our training seminars there. Perhaps, when I send the " Void " to share we can talk to each other or send me your email address and I will submit directly to you. You can Google: Tony Ginn for Profile. My contact information is there! Are you a Signatory to Sag-Aftra? HAVE SOME FUN TODAY!

Tony Ginn

Correction. This post was for Marli regarding the Void! My Bad!

Elisabeth Meier

@Anna/Hanna - Thank you, likewise! And my project is growing. Slowly, but it's getting forwards. How about yours?

Beth Fox Heisinger

30-Day Write Club Participants: Please refrain from starting additional "November Club" threads. There is a method to all this wonderful madness. :) Please post about your November projects and writing progress within this thread or on the 30-Day Write Club weekly check-in blogs -- one will post later today around 2pm PST. The weekly blogs will occur every Sunday in November. We'd like to keep participants posting in the same locations, either in this ongoing November thread or on the weekly check-in blogs, so we can better monitor progress and see who's participating. You can comment on each others' work within the blogs. Thanks! :) ...Oh, just a side note: In general, if posting about your work, like posting a logline, please do so in the Your Stage section.

Wendy Joseph

Tony, no harm intended with my facetious "not enough blood!" comments. It is interesting to track the use of blood and gore over film history, from scenes no one would show in earlier days to today's in your face anatomy lessons. Personally I believe that bloody scenes, like any other element, should be used with an eye to how they add to dramatic effect/advance the story/show character. Any thoughts from others on writing these scenes? There are audiences who can't get enough Type 0 Positive as well as those who avoid films with violent bloodletting. I have numerous violent death scenes in my current work, so this is a professional concern. Additional viewpoints are welcome. And I call everybody "sweetheart," including my computer. As a lifelong Bogie fan, it's part of my lingua franca. So the SAG/AFTRA workshop is still going in Seattle? Took part about ten years ago. Helpful. All right, Tony and all you inkstained sweethearts, it's back to work for me till my soul bleeds out of my fingers onto the keys and my guts splatter over the screen.

Elisabeth Meier

I already find it annoying today that I have to scroll through 345 comments to find the ones who replied to mine. Sure, I understand the reasons, but it's a bad idea to hold this all here for the next 22 days. A serious exchange of ideas or problem discussion is already impossible now.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Elisabeth, and everyone, again, there will be Weekly Blogs to post your progress and comments. Maybe, I will start another thread. Patience please.

Robert Rosenbaum
349 - While I usually am in favor of threaded comments, I am enjoying this flat discourse. I think I get what you're trying to do here, Beth. It's less about the specifics of what we're doing and more about collective support in just getting it done - at least for me. Anyways, I'm starting to recognize the players here, so I can keep track of who's doing what in my head. I tend to work a lot in my head - lol. Today I've spent much of the time flushing out my characters and the progression of my story. I'm finishing the outline - in my head - and am about to begin writing the first act. Hi ho, hi ho…
Sarah Gabrielle Baron

Wow, Tony, you MET FRANK HERBERT!! I read all the Dune books as a teen, they continue to affect me! I just watched the movie the other day, but I had to stop because I forgot how crazy weird David Cronenberg went with it, and I was watching with my 11 year old. And Wendy, I'm totally going to submit to the Jameson contest. I'd never heard of it before! So, me, 30 days of re-write. Day 6: Just re-read, re-read, then re-read someone's feed-back notes from an earlier script swap, realized ACT 2 was still messed up, printed it Day 7: Had a good talk with my 16year old daughter (she's been my 'first reader' for HEAVEN'S EARTH, gawd I'm lucky) and realized I could afford to cut out 3 minor characters, so I did it last night, went from 111 pages to 108! Now have to insert more character development for Jen in a revitalized Act 2. Re-writing sucks, but I think I'm getting better at it. It's a skill I know I'll have to have to succeed in the world of screenwriting! You guys are awesome. KEEP WRITING!!!

Anthony Cawood

@Sarah... was Lynch not Cronenberg that directed Dune... would have been a lot weirder if Jodorwsky had directed it as originaly intended, there's a great docuementary on subject - http://jodorowskysdune.com/ My firts week has seen 23 pages completed, going well so far but heading into sticky second act... fingers crossed!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Okay, the 30-Day Write Club Weekly Check-in Blog is up! ..Sorry, I would include a direct link, but I'm away from my computer and on my phone. :)

Evelien And Dorien Twins

Here you go, Beth! https://www.stage32.com/blog/Stage-32-November-30-Day-Write-Club-Forging... We were out of the country for a couple of days so we'll need to catch up (sometimes, clients have to come first!) but we'll get there!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Thanks Twins!

Hans Nielsen

Got a comedy feature going about a tiger....just starting really.

Boomer Murrhee

I took a 700-mile ride this weekend on my motorcycle to Ft. Lauderdale for a club party. I know it doesn't seem like writing, but I did spend time listening and getting ideas for dialogue. I got back almost before the rains. Took a nap and moved some books and computer into my new office. I'll start my day tomorrow, looking at my cards to see what more twists and turns I can dream. Still spending more time tweaking the climax before I actually start blasting it out. Still moving forward, wishing everyone had a creative and productive weekend. :-)

Wendy Joseph

My Jameson contest piece is done! Yippee! A little love letter to film noir; if it doesn't win I'd like to go indie with it.

Debbie Croysdale

Just spent three days research without writing. Never done comedy before, so been studying the particular Special uses of Sub Plots within this genre. In serious stuff I use the subplot to add meat to the middle section, or build up main plot to a high tension then switch to subplot to keep any reader eager. Wasn't sure with Rom Com cos never done it before, it's hard enough getting into easy story mode, by that I mean I light hearted angle on life from a lackadaisical pair of Romeos. Im enjoying the ride of this thread, thinking of it from an Indie film angle, I would direct it as Snapshot moments in people's homes with a slice of what their usual day is like. Hopefully the end result ......a few accepted scripts in offices across the world.

Andrew Bruce Lockhart

This is such a popular discussion I'm having to untick the send email for each comment box. My inbox overflow.... it's beyond TL:DR.

David Levy

Good morning all! Feels good to come back from Rhode Island Comic Con with a fresh short film concept. When you syrround yourself with people who ooze nothing but drama, the script writes itself! Not to mention a GREAT conversation with the Karate Kid himself Ralph Macchio. We have a mutual acquaintance so when I told him about TMI and the first episode, he was intrigued. Said I would step aside if he found it funny enough to be in. Glad I obtained some contact info so lets see where the next few weeks take me!

Boomer Murrhee

@Elisabeth - thanks for the encouragement. Sounds exciting for you negotiating a contract on one hand and working with possibly the next generation of filmmakers on the other. I only wished I had an early exposure at making a film at a younger age. Those are some fortunate kids. I'm sure it's mutually beneficial. Wish you well on both fronts. :-)

David Levy

@Elisabth: Unfortunately I am not since the script has altered greatly after receiving great notes from a few sources. I do have another script I do need some notes on. A concept very near and dear to me I have tremendous faith in. Not many concepts out there focus on bullying and its long term effects on victims.

W. Keith Sewell

Looks like I joined the club under another account with my name, anyone have any ideas on combining accts? I'd hate to lose the connections on the other... Anyways, I got off to a great start this morning on EP3 of DownTown - a sitcom centered around the clashes between the eccentric characters in the LGBT community and the law... thanks for the motivation.

Kathy Ediss

Does anyone else just write without an outline? I seem to always do this then go back and rewrite/edit.

Beth Fox Heisinger

W. Keith: You probably posted in one of the November 30-Day Write Club blogs -- so, you're good! This is the ongoing thread. :) Plus, I'm keeping track of this thread and all of the blog posts. If you haven't posted on this week's "check-in" blog, please do! Go to: https://www.stage32.com/blog/Stage-32-November-30-Day-Write-Club-Forging...

Beth Fox Heisinger

David L -- You met frickin' Ralph Macchio?! How fun! I loved the original Karate Kid!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Kathy, I have worked without an outline. It only went well because I had the whole thing figured out in my head -- every element. But normally, I tend to start with a not-so-detailed-outline, focusing on the broad strokes, and begin a rough first draft. Often I work on the two simultaneously. I like to keep things open for discovery. :)

David Levy

BEth: Ha ha! Him and a few others. I am not much of a Comic Con authgraph hound but once I knew I had a connect there, I had to talk to him.

Fiona Faith Ross

I adore the original Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio. The synergy between his character and Miyagi's was quite astounding. I have worked without outlines in the past, only to come to grief. These days I begin every project with a method to create the structure. However much heavy lifting it takes, that's what I do. The free-flowing writing comes later, and I avoid skinned knees and grazed elbows. I'm still on my logline and it's 9th of the month. It's almost there.

Nancy Newbauer

Kathy, I write an outline as I go along. I know ... strange, right? I basically have the first few scenes so well played out in my head I just go for it. As I'm writing those first few scenes, my mind is racing 10 scenes ahead ... so, I'll just jot down a rough outline of those scenes. I'll do this pretty much until I write FADE OUT. And for me, I edit as I go along. I envy people who can do a "vomit" draft. I've tried, just can't do it. On the upside, although it does take me longer to finish the rough draft, I usually have the script I'm hoping for in 2 or three passes! :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Nancy, that's exactly my process as well -- to a tee. However, with this November exercise, I'm trying to work without editing myself. Stay true to my process, but keep pushing forward and not rewrite as I go. Experiment a little. :)

Kathy Ediss

Nancy - yes I've done that also. I guess we just have to do what works for each of us! Write on!

Tony Ginn

Nancy. keep going Girlfriend. I've been writing for 4 years now. I have done so many re-writes that I get dizzy. So, my remedy is to leave my Loft, get out in the street and see how folks are living. Do something FUN! I have experienced my moments over my 66 years as a creative process for a lifetime. My story starts with a dream then an idea then a story then a script then a teleplay! So, I always never give up and by no means let anyone take away my Dreams. I guess that is why I'm writing my Autobiography. It could be a book that becomes a Motion Picture. Perhaps, Posthumously recognized! A Spiritual Journey for sure!

Nancy Newbauer

Thank you Tony. Inspiring words indeed. (And yep, I do like my fun :)!

Vince Conside

Hey everyone! 12 pages: yesterday and today - 26 total since I started... Keep writing everyone

Jorge J Prieto

Thanks, Vince, Tony, Nancy, we are ALL in this together and we will finish as one. Can't wait to read all your loglines for this in your profiles.

Marli Monroe

I wasn't able to focus on writing over the weekend, but yesterday I researched a new train of thought, and today I think I was able to pull it all together. I'm close to finishing the first draft of my first treatment. My goal for the end of the month is to have the treatment ready for registration, so I can start approaching the talent soon. We'll see how it goes. This is all new to me! Even when I get pulled away from writing (kicking and screaming), I can't wait to get back at it. Going through the writing process with the group has been exhilarating...Thanks to everyone for sticking with this!

Jorge J Prieto

We are right with you, Merli, to end of this November journey as I'm in with my characters journey. Lets do it!

Boomer Murrhee

I got back some useful responses from colleagues about my outline. I've spent the morning adjusting with setups, payoffs and more work on the climax. I can see this story is getting ever so much closer to the story I want to tell. Thanks to Beth and S32 for the inspiration to keep moving forward. Onward. :-)

Caitlin McCarthy

Just got over a nasty bug, so I've only written 4 pages of a 60 page TV spec script. Because of my demanding survival job, I can write 2 pages or so a day -- so I'll be finishing my draft after the 1st of Dec. But my goal date for a finished draft is Dec. 11. Onward and upward!!

Tony Ginn

Google Bi-Polar Actors! We are a rare breed! I was diagnosed in 1977 by Doctor. Raymond Kaplan in LA! No depression her, just Manic behavior! In my Autobiography I draw attention to this condition. It is not a disease! Thank God for Psychiatrists.

Wendy Joseph

Any writer who claims to be normal is lying. What normal person would do what we do? Currently I'm living in a barn with two cats and a chamber pot. Coyotes howl at night and there are mysterious creakings about. There is cell phone/internet reception, running water, a sink, and electricity. I tune in classical music on the radio, and it is perfect for writing. Got the Jameson contest short polished off and am heading back into the feature. Any others have input on what writing conditions are best for you? Some of them may work for the rest of us.

Sarah Gabrielle Baron

Caitlin, Kathryn, all of you, you are WARRIORS! Give yourself treats (a walk in a forest..?)! Me, day 8 finished (for now) edits & re-writes for HEAVEN's EARTH. Day 9 visited with the Muse whilst cleaning up the supper dishes. Day 10, followed up on that visit with the Muse and wrote 'Senses' (for the Jameson contest...which is very cool, and free, btw). Day 11: did a lot of uploading & fixing up on my loglines page (yay! We can control the order of our stories now! I put my 3 shorts up). Started reading another new writer's work...awesome characters & dialogue (yeah, that's you, Warren!). Seriously considering buying a session with an exec via st32's Consulting with Happy Writers for HEAVEN'S EARTH, but second-guessing if I deserve spending this kind of cash on myself. This is the first time in almost a year I have done something for my writing career EVERY SINGLE DAY. Knowing you folks are doing the same is helping to drive me, even on those days when there's 100 other jobs that need doing.

Jorge J Prieto

A BIG CONGRATS, Kathryn, girlfriend. You make this group proud. I'm on page 71, have about 25 to go. I've read one logline so far, my new buddy, Andrew from England, my is also up on profile, can't wait to read more. Let's do this, guys!

Regina Partee

I keep getting stuck and not writing on some days, then doing about 4 or 5 pages the next. Ive decided to try something different. I'm going to write the major points from my outline and worry about filling out the in between scenes on the next go around... unless I have them in mind already while I'm writing. Lol! Still trying not to edit as I go. So hard!

Debbie Croysdale

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