Screenwriting : 3rd Annual November Write Club: Let’s Get Writing! by Beth Fox Heisinger

3rd Annual November Write Club: Let’s Get Writing!

November is upon us, fellow scribes. So ready those coffee pots. Pull up those ergonomic chairs. It’s time to get writing!

For the past two years, we’ve had hundreds of participants join in, get motivated, get involved, inspire others, and complete projects. We all know life can get in the way, sure. But if we’re being totally honest with ourselves, we also know we often get in our own way. We procrastinate, get frustrated, lose focus, or lose sight of our goals. It’s not so much the writing part that’s difficult, but rather it is difficult to sit down and do the work. So in November we rally together, share a collective mission, and support each other in our individual efforts. Sometimes it takes a village to get those scripts written. And for a third year, we hope to do just that.


The rules of Write Club are simple: Beginning on the first of the month, we’ll use the 30 days of November as a personal deadline for whatever project you are working on—be it a first draft, a rewrite, a pitch, a short, a feature, or a TV pilot. Whatever “it” is for you. There are no parameters other than what you choose to accomplish within the month of November. We’ll support, inspire, and cheer each other on throughout our 30-day endeavors. And. Get. It. Done. 



This is not a competition. This is not a win/lose thing. No word count. No page count. No comparing against one another. Nope.

This exercise is about pushing forward. This exercise is about encouraging each other to reach individual goals.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll share our highs and lows in this ongoing Screenwriting Lounge thread, and share our progress in the weekly November Write Club check-in blogs every Wednesday.

Remember participation is key. You must check in and report your progress, and participate by supporting and encouraging others all month long.

After our 30 days, we’ll take our celebratory “victory lap” by listing Write Club participants’ November project loglines. And like previous years, there’ll be a well-earned “gift” at the end, an extended push forward with whatever step may be next for you.

So whaddaya say? You in?

Beth Fox Heisinger

You and me both, Doug. Much to get done. Lol! ;) Great to have you join in! What are you working on this November?

Doug Nelson

Let's see... There's my new TV studio, I'm setting up a screenwriter's lab, I've got a short in production and I'm compiling a crew to establish a Film Festival (designed to offer real BENEFIT TO FILMMAKERS.) During my free time, I'll write a paranormal family drama FL spec script along with a couple shorts that need rewriting and polish. So yeah, much to get done.

Wayne Jarman

I'm in Beth. In November, I plan to publish the Book of my Comedy Screenplay on Amazon and finalise the research for my Historical Drama Screenplay. All the best.

Mike W. Rogers

Count me in! Just need to choose a project but I will check in tomorrow with what I'm doing! Thanks Beth!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi Wayne, great to have you! Sounds like you have a lot happening in November. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Looking forward to it, Michael. We're happy to have you! ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hey Shawn, this ongoing thread goes all month long. The check-in blogs happen on Wednesdays. Just read over the post; all information is there. ;) Sounds like you are finishing up Mad Mountain?

Shawn Speake

Ok, that's what's up. Yeah, finally. The backstory is so integral to the movie, there was more problemsolving than expected. Four drafts we got to midpoint, decided it wasn't strong enough, thought up stronger comnponents, and went back to p1.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Yeah, I've had a couple of projects where I had an epiphany, which was a good thing, and decided to make major changes. Bringing me all the way back to an outline. Anyhoo, sounds like you got it going in the right direction, Shawn. Look forward to hearing more about your progress. Thanks for joining Write Club. ;)

Linda Hullinger

Hi Beth! I'm in. I got a lot accomplished last year through the Write Club. I'm looking forward to doing the same thing this year. Thanks for having it again! : )

Beth Fox Heisinger

Linda! You are most welcome. So wonderful to have you participate again! ;) What is the project this year?

Aschwin Urban

Count me in Beth! Ready to finish my first draft of my very first screenplay!

Elisabeth Meier

Finally November! :) Don't get me wrong, I don't like Novembers, but the writing club makes this month faster. In other words: I'm in again. This time with my first feature in German. The story is somewhere between the Groonies and Stand by Me.

Dan Guardino

I wasn't going to write anymore screenplays but I might try to write one more for the heck of it. So yeah count me in and it'll be my last one.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi, Aschwin! Sounds good. Welcome to the Club. Finishing that first screenplay is a great goal and accomplishment. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Wunderbar, Elisabeth! Great to have you again. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

All right, Dan G! Great to have you! Thanks for joining in. Your last screenplay? Is there ever such a thing? Lol! ;)

Linda Hullinger

Thanks, Beth. : ) I will be adapting my holiday feature screenplay into a holiday novella in hopes of publishing it by December 1st. And....adapting two of my holiday short stories into two holiday short screenplays.

Jorge J Prieto

So exited to so so many faces from year 1 & 2 of Write Club and of course new faces as well. I want to write my very first short film and hopefully shot it myself b4 Dec 1. So I'm in, my dear BETH! Have not been that active here on the lounges and really miss you all. So let's do this! Oh, my short is about a father who's an alcoholic since his wife and 8 year old daughter died. Don't want to give it all away. See you all back here next Wednesday...or is it this Wednesday????

Olaug Spissoey Kyvik

I´m in! I want to develop a consept for a drama mini series.

Aray Brown

I'm in a rewrite mentorship at the moment. Working on my 19th draft of KILBOURNE (sigh) I hate saying that. I mean I love the rewriting process but......it's been two years and some change. But like Richard "RB" Botto says it's a marathon, not a sprint. If I hit the three year mark and I'm still doing this, feel free to shoot me. Okay enough negative energy, November Write Club, Woohoo! Wishing everyone well and that ya'lls creative energy keeps flowin"

Beth Fox Heisinger

Welcome, Olaug! Great to have you! Perhaps share a little more about your mini-series... What's the premise?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Whoo-hoo! Jorge and Aray! Thanks for joining for the third year in a row!!! It just wouldn't be Write Club without you two. And, Jorge, November 1st is tomorrow! So this Wednesday. Lol! ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

This year I'll be gathering titles and loglines of November projects from Write Club participants and will be compiling a list—it's your choice to share, of course. ;) So during November, I'll post little reminders throughout the month to send me just your title and logline through private messaging or email. Only send me one, please—your primary project if you perhaps are working on a few things. After our 30 days, we'll post those November project titles and loglines that were completed during November Write Club 2017—a celebratory 'victory lap,' if you will. Plus it'll be great to look over a list and see everyone's projects. So excited! ;))))

Sarah Gabrielle Baron

YAY! Thanks so much for doing this, Beth. The timing is perfect: I'm not teaching full time, I have a new dedicated writing space (cabin 3), and the weather here in Mid-northern Ontario is about to turn seriously poopy. I've been putting off EVAN for years now, because it's seriously dark and disturbing. However, I now recognize it's blocking my ability to be free to do other projects. Logline for EVAN: three brothers and a sister gather on the old family farm to witness their abusive father's death. Yeah, like very scary bad abusive. I'm traumatized just thinking about it. This will be the first time I don't just 'go for it'. I've actually mapped the whole thing out via the 'board' ala blake snyder (sorry RB) lol. See photo. There's some serious holes, and I don't feel like I have the main character's 'voice' yet. It's been a full 2 years since I wrote in a dedicated way...My goal is to have it done by the end of November, whether is sucks and is painful or not. Oh, and I'll be using 'writersduet' online for the first time. I always used Moviemagic before. I will definitely need you guys!

PS, isn't Dan G the guy who used to have a squirrel as his profile pic? Yeah right Dan, last script my a**, you'll write till you die. Nice to see some newbies and some oldbies. Cheers!

David Downes

I'm in! Will complete the outline for my next screenplay, a black comedy.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Whoo-hoo, Sarah! So wonderful to have you participate in Write Club again!—your third year, right? Looks like you are organized and ready to hit the ground running. Don't worry we got you. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi David! Welcome! Looking forward to learning more about your black comedy. ;)

Aray Brown

Really trying to sink my teeth into this revision, build up to my big moments

Beth Fox Heisinger

Addition to my above post about sending me titles and loglines through private messaging or email... Also please let me know if your November Write Club project is a feature, a short, a TV pilot, etc. And, my apologies, but I kindly ask that we keep loglines out of the ongoing thread simply because during the month we have so many people participating and commenting that I just cannot allow any one person to "hijack" the thread for specific feedback or critique on any one specific project. We're here to inspire, support, help, and share information, resources, and/or tips. And cheer each other on. At the end of our 30 days, we encourage Write Club participants to visit other participants profile pages, read script pdfs, or swap scripts, offer feedback, etc. Thank you so much!!! :)))

John Iannucci

Hi, I’m in. I’m just finishing a fifth rewrite of my first script (2 since) my new project is a western. Feature entitled “western promises) This is new to me so let me know what to do next for the November group.

Joleene Moody

I'm in! Just started a new screenplay....this might be good for me and said screenplay.

Doug Motel

OK. I am in. I need support in: writing treatments for 2 series and having a clear breakdown of all the beats in my thriller screenplay. Now what?

Zlatan Mustafica

I´m in again! There´s a feature I recently started on and want to finish so November is the deadline for it :)

Andrea D. McGee

I'm so in! I want to finish the rewrite of my psychological horror feature.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Chad, great to have you! So what are you working on this November?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi, John. Welcome to Write Club! Perhaps read through my initial post at the top, all information is there. During November 30-Day Write Club we support each other all month long, share our highs and lows in this ongoing thread, and share/report our progress on the check-in blogs on Wednesdays. Participation is key, and how we track everyone. So be active. Let us know how your project is going. Cheer others on. I look forward to hearing more about your Western. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi, Joleene. Wonderful to have you! New screenplay? Fantastic. So... are you working on a first draft or an outline, or both? What genre?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Sounds like you have a lot of work for the next 30 days, Doug M. During November Write Club we share a personal deadline to get work done, share our progress and support each other along the way. So now what? Well, that's up to you. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Zlatan!!! Great to have you back again this year! I look forward to hearing more about your new feature. So are you wrapping up a first draft this month? What's the genre?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi, Andrea. Welcome to Write Club. Finishing a rewrite is a great goal for November. Are you already far along in your process? Or are you just starting? ;)

Andrea D. McGee

I am just starting this next version. Today will be day one :) It will be very challenging for me because I am removing an element from the current version and expanding on another. I think it will make the story stronger, though much different. We will see how this goes.

Roxanne Paukner

Hey, great timing! I'm in. Features. Rewriting everything. ;) I should probably get a little more focused... I'll work on that.

Elisabeth Meier

Beth Fox Heisinger Today's the day... Nov 1st, we here in Europe already started :) Stay strong, this thread will be long again and you'll have to read, reply and like tons of comments. Thanks for managing this project.

@all Good luck for all your projects. Be creative, be different and unique, but still you.

Joleene Moody

Day one for me. I have the first act of a new screenplay written, but have paused, unsure of how to move into act 2. Today I will punch out 10 pages, and I won't budge until they're done.

Let's knock this out of the park, guys!!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi, Roxanne! Wonderful to have you join again this year! So... How many features we talkin' here? ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Whoo-HOO! Can I get a hearty "YES!" November first! Day one, people. Love the enthusiasm Joleene and Elisabeth—thanks so much for those kind words, Elisabeth. ;) Me, I'm facing an outline today, and it's a tough one. My goal for the day is to at least have it ironed out. Let's do this!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Sounds good, Andrea. :)

S.J. Robinson

Ok I'm still trying to find my way around s32, but this thread sounds great. Thanks Beth for organising. Nov plan on editing and polishing my second script, work on outline for my third and dig up a short story I wrote to transform into a sample TV pilot. Just read through everyone's comments, great projects in the works, happy writing everyone!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Welcome, S.J. ;) Wow, that sounds like a lot for the next 30 days!

Everyone works differently, of course, but for me, even when I have a few things going, I focus on one main project to some conclusion, or to a certain point before moving on, or taking a break from one project and working on another. Otherwise, I've found, what little time management I do have goes right out the window. Lol! One of my personal struggles is time management—I often have to resort to the use of a timer, tactics often used with children. Lol! Plus I work at a snail's pace. So with this November writing exercise, I try to be better disciplined—for lack of a better word. I've found that creating small daily goals for myself helps me not go off track, even when I get hit with life's surprises.

Does anyone else have productive work tips to share? As we start our 30 days. ;)

Sarah Gabrielle Baron

Page 6! The Theme is on page 4, which I don't like....maybe I should restate it in a different way on page 5, yeah...I'll do that. PS for all those holes in my 'board', I received the entire dialogue for the Big Resolution last night. It's beautiful and powerful and perfect. I really felt ready to start after that. Yay!

Jorge J Prieto

I was desperately trying to concentrate, but the event, the terror attack on my beloved NYC yesterday was on my mind. I did outlined the first three scenes of my short, but couldn't write any dialog which is my strength. Hope I can get more done today as my anget, pain and frustration with what happened yesterday here, settles down. Good luck fellow writers. Excited to see more familiar faces, hi Joleene Moody!!, and more new ones.

S.J. Robinson

lol i'm cheating Beth, someone else is editing for me, so u got me on dat count! And much of the rest is already started, but i think ur thread is just bringing it all into clear focus! Sometimes we just need that little push or pointer in the right direction (^^,)

btw u sound very organised. I am very restless in comparison, get bored easily and need to switch around constantly. Glad to get ur disciplined approach involved this month, bring it on!

@Jorge mindless cowardly violence, world needs more love now than ever...

Amy Falkofske

I’m in. I want to finish the first draft of my feature.

Beth Fox Heisinger

I'm so sorry, Jorge. What a horrible event. It's been heavily weighing on my mind too. As far as writing, just do whatever you can do, right? Hang in there. ;)

Cheryl Davis

I'm in! I was just thinking about this this morning.

Linda Hullinger

Beth, I like the timer idea : )

I usually keep a notebook handy and list what I plan to accomplish the next day. So I see it first thing in the morning and am ready to tackle it. Whether it's a small task or not I like to be able to check something off by the end of the day.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Oh, I'd say I'm "organized" in theory, S.J. LOL! But I can get thrown off course easily; I have a busy household and life. I'm very accustomed to multitasking and juggling things, I like switching around too, which is great in other areas, but not so great with writing. So I carve out an hour, let's say, and turn everything off, and focus only on that one thing/goal for that hour—I am working on this outline from this time to this time. And that tactic helps. ;)

Niksa Maric

Okay, I'll take another try. 6 completed pages, about 15 notes, suggestions..etc. The goal, to complete 36 by the end of the month, if I'm lucky. Good luck to everyone else!

Lorna Hartman

I'm in. Working on multiple projects, setting up a VO studio in my garage, a few other things. But for the purposes of the November challenge, I'll go with "Joa," a screenplay I'm outlining. Let's say that by the end of November I'll be finished with outlining and ready to move ahead with the project.

Debbi Mack

I'll bite! :)

Curtis Kessinger

I'm in and need to get back in the mode of daily writing! Editing one script and finishing up another! Time to do it!

Aray Brown

Hope everyone had a happy Halloween!

Day one. Already have 11 pages prior. Got my grocery shopping done. Catching a breath before I start cooking. Plan to squeeze in writing time later.

I have a great feeling about this new draft, made some changes that were needed. The MC is now a woman. Its her and her mother instead of a boy and his father. I definitely see a Marcia Gay Harden type to play the mother when I'm writing her scenes #geeked

Harold Vandyke

Just began fleshing out a new idea so count me in.

Jerry Gill

Did this last year and it was fun so I'm definitely in again. Last year one goal was do a treatment for one of my novels. Started but didn't finish. Put aside to finish Vic Challenger novel #6 (Event) then did an illustrated storybook (Howlers) and some database work to eat. Event and Howlers are done and out. So, now what?

Back to treatment. "Reward" I took from last year was a video about writing a treatment. Watched it once. Will now watch again and do complete treatment this month. Also working on Vic Challenger book 7. Will shoot for first 100 pages done (cheating a bit, finished page 18 yesterday).

Of course, will likely find something else to do, too! Charge for the guns!

Caryn DiMarco

I was just thinking how much I missed the community aspect of NaNoWriMo...I'm in. Gotta do a rewrite of my pilot.

Anyone up to writing meet ups this month for some IRL support and encouragement (and coffee)?

Shea E. Butler

Hi Beth - I'm in! I have a couple projects I'm working on but what I want to complete in November is the script (and children's book) for my short film, "Finding Home." "Finding Home" will utilize some live action animal footage I shot on a horseback riding safari in Africa and integrate that into a short film. Part of that is the mother character reading a children's book to her son (which I will also write and use still photos from my trip) which will then dissolve into and use some of the live action Africa footage. Once written and actually creating the book prop (so a double writing endeavor.) Then, of course, step two will be filming the short.

Looking forward to this! BTW, do you happen to know my friend Cheryl Cain who also lives on Bainbridge Island and is a TV/Film writer?

Jennifer Fisher

Am I "in" and subscribed to the blog just by commenting here?

Tiffany Kirksey

In!

Erik Fulkerson

In

Debbi Mack

I'm also doing a rewrite of my pilot, Caryn. Are we posting things like loglines here for comment?

Zlatan Mustafica

Beth Fox Heisinger - Thanks Beth! Well it´s actually a second draft but I wasn´t too happy about the first draft for a number of reasons so I am not re-writing that first draft but developing the same idea and story in a different way entirely. That´s why I say it´s a new first draft. The genre is action/thriller in the lower budget spectrum.

Jorge J Prieto

So great to have you back , Zlatan! Best of luck with your new first draft, my friend. Can't wait to hear more on the coming weeks.

Zlatan Mustafica

Hey Jorge! Thanks man! Likewise! :) We can do it! :)

Dalene Davies

Yup, I'm in! I can do this as well as NaNoWriMo! Thanks again and count me in!

Dave Rajkumar

Hello everyone!

I’m in! I’m finishing up the last draft of my supernatural thriller tv pilot. Then I’d like to finish the first draft of my first feature film.

Heather Hale

Awesome Beth! Gosh, I have so many projects - all clamoring for attention - but I shall pick one and focus! Probably a feature script, but maybe a pilot. We'll see... Maybe even a treatment. But something NEW!!!! THANK YOU!

Aray Brown

Good luck Caryn and Debbie! Mine is a dramatic horror, what genre are yours and what's it about?

Sarah Rose Bergman

Nice to meet you all! I'm in! I plan on finishing my outline and complete a first draft of my thriller :)

Leslie Jean

I'm in. I have this project that has been kicking around in my computer for too long. Time to get it moving.

Samantha Merrick

I'm in. Where to begin? It was a dark and stormy night...

S.J. Robinson

Beth Fox Heisinger i hear ya! I'm a pro-juggler too! It's great exercise (^^,) ...in patience!! If i could share any productivity tip with everyone, it's this: Get up super-early and do a day's work before your normal day even starts. It is hands-down the best time for ABSOLUTE peace and quiet :D

Christian Pius

You are always a beautiful mix of soul and brilliance, Beth! Thank you. I'm so in...

Charles Rule

I'm in. Trying to finish the first draft based on a book. Looking forward to the adventure.

Caryn DiMarco

Debbi Mack yes it sounds like it! I'd love to see what everyone is working on :)

Aray Brown I'm writing a drama pilot. Here's my logline...

When the residents of a post-apocalyptic fundamentalist town begin experiencing bad luck, four young women are accused of witchcraft.

Beth Fox Heisinger

WOW!!! So many of you this year! This is awesome! Okay... Cheryl, Dave F, Alverne, Debbie, Jennifer (yup, this thread and the check-in blogs), Erik, Susanna, Judy, Christian, Leslie, Dalene... All y'all... What projects will you be working on during November Write Club? ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Whoops... Debbie M, I see you are working on a pilot—great!

Mark Laing

I'm in! Finish the outline of my first draft. Go team go!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Monique, Harold, and Jerry! Wonderful to have you back for another go! And, welcome, Heather Hale! Great to have you join in this year! ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Carlyn, Sarah, Dave R, Calvin, and Shea. Welcome to Write Club! All your projects sound fantastic. Lots of TV pilots this year. Thrillers too. ;)

Sandy Cumberland

About 1/3 through a first draft I promised myself I would have done by Christmas - I need this motivation!!

Leah Welch

I'm so in for this! What a great and inspiring idea. Go writers go!

Kathleen Hrayssi

I am in! By the end of the month I should have the first draft of my first feature film ready!

Kellie Burke

I'm in! I'm editing my work and in the middle of writing a hour long TV show! I'm up to the 8th episode already!

Phillip 'Le Docteur de Script' Hardy

Do third draft scripts count?

Jody Neely

Yeah Im in!

Stephanie T. Keefer

I'm in, Beth Fox Heisinger . For the first time:) Finishing a first draft of a feature film. (second one I've ever written.)

Aray Brown

@Caryn Nice!

Mike W. Rogers

Day 1 report: Writing the last couple scenes of Perish. Making sure I stated my Protags. outward motivation clearly throughout so the resolution has a punch. Its my first attempt at a Thriller so I want to make sure I tied any remaining loose ends before the finally. Update: Just writing this post helped me loosen the knot on my story!

Kellie Burke

My full length screenplay is a dark comedy and the tv series is an hour long fantasy for the LGTBQ community!

Jessica Spring Brown

I’m in. Working on a comedy and developing the scene list for my script. What a great way to spend the next 30 days. All the best everyone!

PJ Edwards

Sweet! I'm in! Already working on screenplay. This will keep my motivation up to finish it with a lot less dilly dallying around!

Desiree Middleton

I'm in. Writing a YA fantasy-horror novel for nanowrimo and also writing a micro budget horror script.

Derrick Pete

Awesome! I’m in. Starting a new screenplay — I’ll definitely have something to say this thanksgiving

Elaine Haygood

This year, I'm working on the revision of the novelization of my first screenplay. So, I don't think I can participate-Though, I would be more than happy to act as a Cheer Leader/Drill Sargeant to anyone who feels they need that sort of thing.

Beth Fox Heisinger

We'll be here to cheer you on, Sandy. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hey, Uncle Phil! A rewrite is a rewrite, is it not? Welcome to Write Club. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Desiree and Elaine! Wonderful to see you both! And, Elaine, of course, you may participate! Remember.. whatever "it" is for you. It's up to you to choose what project or goal for 30-Day Write Club. So please, join in! Cheer! Revising a novel is a great goal for November. ;)

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

Hi, Beth... I missed you. Hi Aray and all... yes, I'm in but can't start today. Hopefully tomorrow. Just got back from the Austin Film Festival. Partied with RB & Laurie for 4 days... still recovering. I was a Second-Rounder at AFF and invited. Had a blast. Panels and Roundtables were amazing. I think I'll work on my feature MADHOUSE this month. Thank you for doing this again. I'm so brain dead right now I don't even remember what I wrote last year.

Sarah Thomas

I'm in. It's my first time here and I have an enormous rewrite of my first ever feature film script. This will be draft 2.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Welcome to Write Club, Leah, Jody, Kathleen, Kellie, Stephanie, Jessica, Kendra, PJ, and Derrick. ;) Leah and Jody, what projects will you be working on this month? ;)

Virginia Youngren

It's a pleasure to go on this marathon with colleagues. I'll put some scotch in my water bottle

Beth Fox Heisinger

Michael, on day one you're doing great! Me, I'm already scrambling a bit. LOL! Although I have made some progress with my outline. But there is soooooooo much more to do! If interested... I highly recommend Lucy V. Hay's book, Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays." Perhaps when you have time, give it a look. ;)

Kellie Burke

Thank you Ms. Heisinger! I can't wait!

Beth Fox Heisinger

The pleasure is ours. Welcome, Sarah T and Virginia. I'm more of a heavy coffee drinker myself... but hey, whatever gets you through—right? ...So Virgina, what project will you be working on during November Write Club?

Zlatan Mustafica

Already day 2 here at my place due to the Earth being round and all while spinning at a steady pace in one directon.... obviously :) That just sounded really weird but that´s what happens when one starts off strong this November. Thus far ( 20 pages in) I am really happy how it´s going. Just realized I created some nice characters. Little voice in head says "Don´t mess it up now Z! :) Hope y´all had a great first November day full of writing. Follow me into tomorrow! :) Or today.... Almost yesterday for me... So confused right now...

Krista Crawford

I'm in! I'm trying to finish an outline/rough draft of my first screenplay and after hopefully getting some good results from a successful pitch session about my original TV pilot, working on getting that ready for whatever my exec needs.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Sylvia! Hey sweetie! Missed you too. Great to see you back in the Club. I'm so jealous... I would have loved to have gone to the Austin Film Festival. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Welcome, Krista! :) Finishing up a rough draft for a feature is a great goal for November. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Zlatan, I don't know how you work so fast... You always hit the ground running. LOL!

Kellie Burke

BTW: this is my first time for Write Club.

Zlatan Mustafica

I cook my stories in my head and when I sit down it just flows ´cause I see every frame, hear every line and so on and so forth. Love Beth, it´s all about love :) Hopeless romantic over here. LOL!

James P. Neblett

Hi all, anyone here genuinely willing to read and critique each other's scripts? Perhaps just start with one, and maybe go from there, or as many as one can handle. Let me know. I hope you're all doing well, and following your daily creative/marketing routines as best you can! Much success!

Barbara Hastings

I'm so in again this year! I have a series bible to complete and the final ep of a webseries to fiiish. Cannot wait! Loved it last year.

Debbi Mack

I'm rewriting a pilot for a one-hour crime drama. The tone is similar to "Damages". Here's a rough draft of the logline:

Ella, a 25-year-old researcher, launches an information service and lands her first major client: a wealthy, but shadowy Washington, D.C. contractor. What Ella doesn't know is the cost her decision may have on her life and that of her family and friends.

Suggested changes are welcome. Thanks! :)

Chase McFadden

My goal is to finish writing my first feature this month. I have 60 pages written so far. Thanks for this sense of community. I know it'll help me get there.

Kellie Burke

I hope that I can get my script in the Library of Congress this weekend online. I'm dying to have my script made into an indie and my show on a paid channel like Showtime (HBO and Netflix are overrated but I like them). Only a dream, sigh.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Welcome, Kevin and Nada. What projects are you working on during November Write Club? ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi, James. Great to have you here! Yes, lots of members read scripts or swap. You may post pdfs on your profile page, or exchange email addresses and/or share through private messaging, etc. We certainly encourage everyone to read each other's work at the end of our 30 days. :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Barbara! Wonderful to see you back this year! ;)

Mike Shields II

Already doing NaMoWriMo. Everyone realizes that there are 11 months with 30 days in them, right?

Andrea D. McGee

Today started off slow, but it started. I printed my script and read it with my pen in hand. I decided which scenes I wanted to cut or rearrange. I only was able to knock out the first 5 pages of the rewrite, but the night is not over :) Good luck on the rest of everyone's first day!

Beth Fox Heisinger

"Sense of community"—well said, Chase. Couldn't agree more. Welcome to Write Club. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Debbi M: Your pilot sounds great. :) But, let's please keep loglines out of the ongoing thread. Again, my apologies, but I ask simply because during the month we have soooooo many people participating and commenting that I just cannot allow any one person to "hijack" the thread for specific feedback or critique on any one specific project. However... please DO SEND those loglines to me either through private messaging or email—I'm compiling a list of November Write Club projects to post after our 30 days. But during the month... we're here to inspire, support, help, and share information, resources, and/or tips. And cheer each other on. At the end of our 30 days, we encourage Write Club participants to visit other participants profile pages, read script pdfs, or swap scripts, offer feedback, etc. Thank you! Now onward! :)))

Kellie Burke

I need help with loglines.

Nada Badra

Hey Beth! So happy to be here and be part of this inspiring community. As for me, I am planning to write a screenplay for a short movie. Hopefully will get it done by the end of November! :))

Beth Fox Heisinger

Oh, I know you can get it done, Nada. We got you! Happy to have you here. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Kellie, and all, here's a resource that may be helpful to you. Christopher Lockhart's paper on how to construct a logline: http://www.twoadverbs.com/logline.pdf. ;)

Kellie Burke

Thank you Beth! You're a lifesaver!

Janet Zeliff

I am in!

Beverley Cooper-Chambers

I'm in. I've got a TV political drama to tweak.

Niki Lambropoulos

Always in! A new sci-fi script on a lady who refuses to become a cyborg and live for ever

Evelyn H Princess

Great! I'm going to complete my fantasy fiction script I've been delaying for 2 years.

Qazi Fabia Hoq

Hey Beth! I am in!!! I will be trying my best to finish my first draft of a drama feature. I have been delaying and procrastinating. It's high time I get some work done for good.

LindaAnn Loschiavo

WRITE CLUB sounds great. Beth Fox Heisinger I am turning my stage play into a120-page novella --- so am I disqualified or in? Good luck to all my colleagues!

Gayle Herbert Robinson

Done and done! I am so in! I'm writing an inspirational romantic comedy and developing a pilot.

Renee Buck

I'm in! Will be working on a Romantic comedy/drama across that brings in past lives and unfinished karma.

Elisabeth Meier

Gosh, 160 comments in 2 days. Wonder if we will beat last years thread. Strange is that this is like when I wrote my diploma. Meaning, I first had to repair my MacBook Pro, open it, replace the keyboard etc before it allowed me to think about where to start with my screenplay.

Darren Rapier

I'm in - screenplay, Thriller. Spec script I keep putting aside for other projects!

Izzibella Beau

I'm in again this year, Beth. I will be doing a re-write of an older screenplay. Changing it from a supernatural romance to a thriller, YES it can be done :) I'm also doing NaNoWriMO, writing a 50k+ word novel in 30 days. Good Luck Everyone, excited to see what everyone can accomplish

Marci McGuinness

I am in! Great to be here again this year. I am writing my first thriller. Hi all, let's write!

Michael Massey

I’m in! Have a drama/thriller rewrite and a documentary I’ve started researching. Thanks for the kick in the butt!

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Okay Beth I am here.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

My screenplay 'AMSTERDAM 74' is my project for the month. When completed it will be my 4th copyrighted screenplay. As you are aware, last year I was able to finish my 3rd copyrighted screenplay- 'FROM THE SEATS'. This will finally complete my trilogy that started with 'HOPE SAVES MANHATTAN'. I am also excited that for this screenplay it will be a DIY production. I have already assembled a great DUTCH cast & crew. I am at 30 pages now. It is scene carded out. I am grateful to all my fellow "Happy Writers" for the love and support I have received over the last 3 years. The only disappointment I have is the one European member of our fellowship who I have tried over and over to collaborate, co-write with, and even co-produce with. This member would have been a major asset for 'AMSTERDAM 74'. Anyway I have to move on. Will keep everyone updated on my progress. And BTW if there are some DUTCH "Happy Writers" reading this please feel free to join my "working network" of NYC/DUTCH creatives. Write On!!!!!

C Harris Lynn

DAY ONE: I added four lines, then rearranged them, then removed them.

:/

Brian Walsh

I'm in, as in previous years. Always find this club inspiring. But can we please remove this Toms Jason Robert post. Inappropriate for this....likely spam

S.J. Robinson

Yes Beth, i noticed many Toms Jason Robert posts and similar lately, so annoying. Who gives out loans by email anyway?!

David Downes

S.J., can't think of anyone other than the Royal Bank of Nigeria. :-)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Please ignore those spam posts. No need to let that get in our way. Those comments and perpetrators will be suspended. Moving on. :)

Steven Michael

I am going to finish my political thriller feature this month, FIRST 100. I'm teaching at the moment but I have found new motivation to get this completed.

Aray Brown

Hi Sylvia! Happy Thursday everyone. 20 pages in

Adam Ryan Barnett

Hey everyone! I just recieved the email but I'm in! Working on a feature length antebellum coming of age story. This will be a challenge but the kick in the butt is much needed. Thanks Stage 32 for the motivation! Plan on finishing the final draft of the treatment before the end of the night tomorrow.

PJ Edwards

Day One: Looked up football scenes in sports movies on international script database and brainstormed next scene. Guess I just have to write it now.

Debbi Mack

Hi Beth, Sorry. I had no intention of hijacking the discussion. I'll simply report on my progress. Was wondering how this all worked. Got the picture now. Thanks! :)

Bill HD Burgess

I'd like to join this challenge. Sorry about the late signup, but I live in Houston and things have been a little crazy around here. I will finish a script and work to improve the logline I already have. Beth, thanks for setting up this area of accountability for people like me. :^)

Beth Fox Heisinger

No worries, Debbi Mack! It's all good! :)))))

Brian Walsh

So, my own update. Working right now on my outline for a comedy/action feature. It's my first time using a new way to outline and so far it seems to be working out. Hoping to start the actual script in the next week or so.

Sylvia Marie Llewellyn

Wow... already 180 comments on day 2. What a team! Beth, is it possible to start a new weekly thread every Monday or not? Overwhelmed. :-)

Jerry Gill

Beth, let me add my thanks for logline pdf. At the place to post loglines it asks 'are you a screenwriter'. I'm not. Can I post loglines for novels to maybe get feedback?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Welcome to Write Club, LindaAnn, Janet, Beverly, Niki, Evelyn, Qazi, Gayle, Renee, Darren, Marci, Michael, Adam, and Bill—you are so welcome Bill! Great to have you all here! ;)) Brian, Izzabella, and Steven, so wonderful to have you back for another year! ;)) And, LindaAnn, whatever project you choose to work on this November is up to you, so, yup, a novel is just fine. ;)

Dayna Burnworth

I'm SOOOOO in! I'm working on a project to get a series of novels into fighting script form. This month I'm working specifically on the first one which I've been doing off & on for a few years. I'm on the second draft and it needs heavy rewriting so this month I am GOING FOR IT!

Sarah Gabrielle Baron

Page 13! the 'call to action' was literally a phone call. God, I think this might actually be good. Had to go back and fix some of yesterday's dialogue, it's a better punch now. I'm so scared...this is about to get seriously friggin' dark....

Beth Fox Heisinger

All right, all right, all right!! WOW, we are off to a great start! We already have about 100 participants this year!

And, sorry, I need to keep it all in one place so that I can track everyone and keep it organized. Remember we also have check-in blogs every Wednesday this month. ;)

If you feel overwhelmed with email notifications then go to the "gear" icon, found in the upper right corner, click "email preferences," and change your settings.

Also, if you would like to post a logline for feedback, then please do so in "Your Stage." But remember to please send me your November project logline through private messaging or email—it's a personal choice to share a logline or not, of course. Send me your project title, logline, genre, and what your project is: a feature, a short, etc. Please send me only one, your primary project if working on many this month. I am compiling a project list to post at the end of our 30 days. It'll be great to see all the projects everyone has been working so hard on this November. ;) Okay... Back to it! Let's keep writing! Onward people!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Great work, Sarah! And, welcome Dayna. Great to have you! ;) Me, well... I'm already dragging behind. But, I should be able to catch up to my daily goals today—Day Two!

W Keith Sewell

Great Timing!! I've just started on a new TV sci-fi drama pilot that I can use a kick in the pants every Wednesday to fully develop.

Kellie Burke

I don't know which one to work on first: my feature or either the TV pilot or the 8th episode I'm working on.

Gina Tisdale

I’m down! I have 40 pages left for this action thriller script and I wanted to finish this month. Perfect timing!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Glad to help cheer you on, W Keith and Gina! Welcome. :)))

And, Kellie, you gotta go with the one that just feels right, the one you think/feel you could make steady progress in 30 days. Or perhaps make a choice depending if you are working towards some outside deadline, like a screenwriting contest or something. It's up to you! :)

W Keith Sewell

Bill HD Burgess - Congratulations!! on the Houston Astros World Series win last night! You guys deserve it. Sorry L.A.

W Keith Sewell

Beth where are we sending you our loglines?

Kellie Burke

Thank you Beth, then my 8th episode it is since I'm almost done with the first season of this show that I'm writing. <3

Tony Ginn

Always concentrating on my Art! Will follow through and submit! Thanks!

Roberto Dragonne

Sounds terrific! I'm in. What's the next step?

Beth Fox Heisinger

W Keith, and all, again, you may send me your loglines through S32 private messaging or email. Please see my various posts above (in bold type) throughout this thread. ;)

And, welcome Tony and Roberto!!! However, Tony, there's no "submitting," only joining. Lol! Perhaps read over my original post, all information is there. ;) Roberto, for November Write Club, we each choose a project(s) or a goal(s) we hope to complete or reach by the end of the month. And we participate by sharing our progress in this ongoing thread and Wednesday check-in blogs, and by supporting and cheering each other on throughout our 30 days. So... What are you both working on for November? :)

Jorge J Prieto

Sylvia Marie, hi, girl! Congratulations! Making progress, after all that happened in my beloved NYC. Thanks BETH for the kind words. Everyone best of luck.

S.J. Robinson

U have ur work cut out for u, Beth! Yes had to degear from the email feed, I couldn't keep up with them all :D

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Well all set to tackle my 4th screenplay AMSTERDAM 74'. As with the first 3 copyrighted screenplays I do it in,long hand first an once I am done I transfer it to CELTX which becomes the first draft. Then I do the rewrite from that. I think what excites me the most is that it completes my trilogy. Most of it is true. This when I was living and loving in Holland. I am going to CVS tonight to pick up a ruled loose leaf pad which I will put in my binder which already has the first 30 pages. I do my writing from Midnight to 6AM. I live on the island of Manhattan and that is the only time the taxi horns die down. I should have some pages done by next Wednesday's update. Glad to see some sophomore writers here from last year. And glad that some of my fellow MetroNYC 'Happy Writers' are here. Write On!!! And a big shout out to BETH for all her dedication to helping us all move forward. This is also NYC MARATHON weekend so it will be very noisy and crowded.

Samantha Merrick

I had to work the day job today that completely drains my soul - but I did read two fantastic quotes - one from Lin-Manuel Miranda and the other by Omar El Akkad (if you haven't read his book American War, I strongly recommend it.) These words were inspiring, and I'm looking forward to what I can create tomorrow.

Christina Patjens

Count me in, Beth.

I already posted something about my current work but I get lost in the screenwriting space somewhere.

Chase McFadden

I'm still looking for the outlining method that works for me. Not too intricate, but something that can keep me moving from scene to scene. What do others do?

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Chase McFadden Just a suggestion: The Screenwriters Bible by David Trottier. Also scene cards sometimes helps me. Write On!

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Jorge J Prieto Looks like you and me are the NYC "Happy Writers " contingent so far. I feel bad too about that incident. But you know what my Brother if we let it get to us they win just remember the other side of FEAR is FAITH. we will make it through. God Bless You. Write On!!

Bill HD Burgess

(Thur) Got my screenplay cued (queued?) up and reviewing to see where I was (last touched it 3 months ago). Next step is to add in scenes I wrote on paper, but never added to MM Screenwriter copy.

Matt McGee

Excited to be a part of this. I'm working with a coach, but I my goal is to have a first draft of the feature version of my short "I'm Not Here" done.

Linda Hullinger

Hi Aray, Sylvia, Phillip, Jorge, Dan G., Steven and everyone! Best of luck with your writing this month! So many have joined in. Very enthusiastic group! : )

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

3:50 AM. MANHATTAN. Just picked up my loose leaf pad at CVS. Will continue 'AMSTERDAM 74' on page 31. Grateful to BETH and all my fellow 'Happy Writers' for the love and support. Still quiet till 6AM. Going for 10 pages. Really helps when you have scene cards. Just had an idea last night about a remake of 'CASABLANCA' with a different future venue. I mean let's face it. It was the greatest film ever made. I think it would be BOX OFFICE GOLD if done right. Anyway. WRITE ON!!!! Oh BTW- Shout out to our European "Happy Writers" who are probably the only ones awake to read this.

Ikenna Ezuma

Will like to participate in this. How do one get involved?

Patrick S. Selitrenny

I have just sought some help from Stage 32 writer's help, since I had a terrible time concerning my mother's failing health.

She just died last Monday, and I would like to honor her memory in finally finishing what I had started so long ago, but could never pursue further, due to my worries and assisting efforts on her behalf.

Now that she is no more, and I am all alone, I absolutely need to do something useful with my life and this is the right time to do so.

I have a wonderful subject at hand, which is taken from a best seller book authored by William Wilcox and deals with the attempt to kill General George S. Patton by an agent of the OSS.

It will be a war drama, combined with a spy thriller and will end with a big surprise.

Although I will make every effort to finish it by the end of the month, I doubt I will really be able to do so, since the subject matter at hand is so very complex that it needs my entire attention to historic facts and historic figures appearing in it, since I don't want to have caricatures of them wandering around just for the sake of it.

The book is one thing, and indeed is a masterpiece in writing.

The transliteration of it is totally another matter.

We all know one cannot take every word and every chapter literally within a movie script, and that many more things have to be specified, while others have to be left out, whenever they do not directly concern the action at hand.

Moreover, since this is historic fact and not a work of fantasy, since it is also based on official diaries and military reports, one must really pay attention on what is really important in them and what instead can be left out, being too academic for a large audience.

It will be my work of love directed toward my sweet mom's memory, who, in her small way has also been a victim of that war, starting from her family's escape from Civil War Spain in the Thirties, enduring the war period in Fascist Italy and then seeking protection in Switzerland, from where I am right now writing you this.

I hope I can do this, since she would have been proud to have me doing something of value that also shows my skills and my commitment to the subject.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

@Ikenna Azuma- Just start writing. That's all you have to do to get involved. Follow the thread discussion and post you updates on the Wednesday blog.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Patrick- Firstly my prayers are with you and your family on your Mothers loss. PATTON? Very good choice. Interesting premise. Can't wait to see you get that OSCAR for best original screenplay. And don't forget to thank "RB" and stage32 during your acceptance speech.

Amanda Murray

Hey! I’m hoping to complete a rewrite of one of my scripts this month. The story is called “On Life and Buttons”, and is about a pre-law student who has everything going right for him and then finds out he has a daughter he never knew about.

Zlatan Mustafica

Hey everyone! Day 3 here and I´m on page 33. Coffee time, a shower and back to work! :) How´s everyone doing? So many awesome projects in the works this year it seems! Truly inspiring. Keep going fellow scribes :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Patrick, my deepest condolences for the loss of your mother. I lost both my parents (at different times) a few years back, so I understand the impact of that loss. Perhaps with your writing, just do what you can. Set a goal that keeps you moving forward but doesn't put too much strain on you. Perhaps focus on your research or finetuning an outline. Whatever you decide, welcome to Write Club. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Welcome to Write Club, Matt, Ikenna, and Amanda! We're happy to have you! :) And, Ikenna, please read over my original post, all information is there. Please also look over this thread, I have made various comments with additional direction/information—those posts are in bold type. Next week Wednesday will be our first check-in blog. :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

And Zlatan is up and running on Day 3!!! Okay, Write Club, another productive day ahead! YES!!! I'm drinking coffee, my second cup, and getting my day going. I really need to make major progress today or my 30 days won't go as planned. This outline I'm working on is a bit tricky, for the first time I may have to break out index cards. Oh boy... okay, I can do this. I can do this. I can do this...

Russel Bonguen

count me in. how to join?

C Harris Lynn

DAY TWO: I tightened scenes in a completely different screenplay.

DAY ONE REDUX: I eventually wrote five+ pages (on this Challenge's script) yesterday, though I'm unlikely to keep most of it. It's all exposition -- very on-the-nose, trite -- but that's for rewrites. I don't outline, I free write, so that tells me exactly what needs to be addressed in those places for later drafts.

I am juggling several projects at once, but focused on this one (horror) for Halloween. I hope to get an entire rough for it out of this Challenge.

Beth Fox Heisinger

You just did, Russel. Lol! Welcome to Write Club. Please read over my original post, all information is there. Also look over this thread... You choose a project(s) you wish to complete this November, write, share your progress, and cheer others on for the next 30 days—well, now 27 days. :)

Debbi Mack

Reworked my logline down to one sentence. Feels long, but it's a work-in-progress! :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Sarah, there's no puking in Write Club. Maybe a few tears... Banging your head on your desk... Too much coffee... Perhaps some hard beverages... Late nights... Too early mornings... Exhaustion, sure... But no puking. LOL! ;))))) Hang in there! Some scenes are tough, no doubt!! Take a break. Go for a walk. Then move on to what's next. Just keep going! Keep writing! You got this! ;) xoxo

Zlatan Mustafica

My coffee tastes funny today... Don´t tell me I finally broke the coffee-maker!!!

Aray Brown

Happy Friday ya'll :) Hi Linda! good luck with your project, as well as everyone else. Since i'm also working on a short, i should be multitasking. My pilot is taken precedence. Maybe I need a timer or something

Ikenna Ezuma

I'm actually thinking of adapting my epic novel, The Queen's Gambit.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Use of a timer works!—or just blocking/planning out time periods. I'm tellin' ya! Remember those days, way back in elementary school... Those teachers would keep you on task, hour by hour... "Okay, class, now put away your math books and get out your writing assignments..." Lol!

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Made some progress today. It really helps when you have an outline, scene cards, and know how your script ends. So I am up to page 40 now. Still have not got to Amsterdam yet. My characters are still in Nijmegen. Anyway once I get finished, estimate at 90-120. I can put it in CELTX and start the rewrite. I am very grateful to "RB", Amanda, and of course our team leader BETH, Go BETH You're money! Go BETH you're money! WRITE ON!!!!!

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

FYI- Anyone curious on my picture, that is me age 2 (circa 1954) at our family show business restaurant Moskowitz & Lupowitz. It was located on Manhattan's Lower East Side at 2nd Avenue & 2nd Street. It was open from 1898-1965. Anyway if anyone wants to know. My (2) Writer/Director heroes ate their all the time. MEL BROOKS & WOODY ALLEN. Anyway I have rambled on long enough.

John Michael German

Dear Stage32 Write Club:

I will be doing a weekly Friday update for the November Write Club, and that will be for the script I have titled, "Mr. Puzzles". Below are my updates so far:

1. I have some of the characters in place, and what they are doing, and who they are.

2. I am currently up to page 2 (handwritten), which I will be doing more today; That will happen Monday through Saturday throughout November, and that is something I do every month. Basically do some type of writing, six days a week, regardless of how much.

3. I have various scenes I have already started writing; I have also come up with scenes that I haven't decided yet if they are going to be written or not.

Hopefully you all are on your way or thinking about getting on your way with what you want to do; Continue to write, because you may possibly not know what exciting new experiences you could help take people through.

God Bless.

Sincerely,

John German

Barbara Davis

I'm in! But does the treatment I wrote today count? I'm applying for the Universal Writers Program. Feeling mixed about whether I'll make the cut, but figured I never will if I don't try and this has actually pushed me already since I've never done an actual treatment before. Good luck everyone!

Paul Corricelli

Hi Beth, I'm in, I'm starting a rewrite of a screenplay I've been meaning to whip into shape.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Welcome, Barbara and Paul. Barbara, glad to hear we helped give you a little "push" when needed. ;) And Paul focusing on a rewrite is a great goal for November. ;) Oh, and nice picture, Steven. Very cute!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi, John German. You made it over to the ongoing thread—fantastic! Looks like you are off to a great start with "Mr. Puzzles." :) Please do keep in mind check-in blogs happen on Wednesdays. So it may be better for you to do your weekly updates on Wednesdays. Remember participation is key, here in the ongoing thread, and you must share/report your progress on the blogs as well—that's how we track everyone. ;)

Aray Brown

Late writing session. Me. Fade In Pro and a 17 ounce bottle of Big Red. There's nothing on the tube that trumps what's in my head anyway lol.

Andrea D. McGee

Day #3, getting a later start. But I am starting :)

PJ Edwards

Had a pretty productive day 2! Tripled my page count! On to day 3!

Linda Hullinger

Aray, you crack me up : )

Hi Andrea. I'm getting a late start as well. Difficult trying to be in the Christmas screenplay frame of mind when my Halloween decorations aren't all put away and it's in the mid 80s here today. Guess I will turn the AC to freezing, make hot cocoa and eat peppermints. Lol

Aray Brown

I aim to please :) Linda, you can always play Christmas music or musical scores. Andrea D. McGee Linda Hullinger It doesn't matter how you start, it's how you finish. Happy writing <3

Rosalind Winton

I have made a start on my script, as it's based on a real event in my family history, the first couple of pages have been pretty easy, but when it comes to delving back to my Great Grandparents lives in 1912, that's when it's going to get really difficult.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Well, Day 4. Really excited about all of my fellow 'Happy Writers' progress. Just now that one or more of these scripts is OSCAR/EMMY worthy. How do I know this. Because we are part of the greatest writing fellowship since 'The Bard had the gang over for Mutton and Ale to talk shop. My script 'AMSTERDAM 74' is now at 40 pages. Going to spend the day tightening up the scene cards that I am using as my guide a shout out to my fellow 'MetroNYC' Happy Writers to push through our recent tragedy and realize staying positive and hopeful will not only help our writing by be a symbol to the creative spirit in all of us to move forward. To all: WRITE ON!!!!!!

Qazi Fabia Hoq

I can get all the motivation I need by checking all the wonderful comments here and knowing about what my Stage 32 fellow writers are up to.

So, thank u all for helping me push myself to work even harder.

Anyways, Day 4, page 5, finally the protagonist and the antagonist comes face to face.

Janet Zeliff

I am a couple of days behind. I am so excited about this. As a newbie, I am working on the storyline and figuring out who my characters are. Beth, I will send you the logline and everything else before this weekend is up.

C Harris Lynn

DAY THREE: I proofed someone else's pilot, and worked on a different screenplay.

I did not do anything on my script. :( In my defense, I was gone all day, then went to bed at 5:00pm. I did some brainstorming, but nothing concrete.

Sarah Thomas

Day Four and I'm back to my outline to see if my story divergence will work or not. Beth how do I send my loglines to you? Good luck everyone. I love the energy of a new adventure.

Sarah Thomas

Looking forward to the Wednesday check in.

Sarah Gabrielle Baron

page 25. So glad I have the BOARD (ala Blake Snyder) already laid out, or I wouldn't be able to make it through telling this story. So glad I have a dedicated space (cabin 3) that is separate from my house. But the weather is so crappy, it's blowing right into the cabin!

Zlatan Mustafica

Day 4, page 45 and moving forward. Slept in today, worked a bit on an adaptation (another script) just to free my mind a bit. Act 2 of a thriller script can be a pain in the butt, I just realized. Need more action, I Think all the way to the bitter end :).

Hey Sarah Gabrielle Baron! Nice going and nice view despite the weather :) Keep grinding!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Sarah T, through private messaging; please see my previous comments made above in bold type. And send only one logline, please. Thanks! Love all this energy too!!! ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Well, my Day 4 is not going well... It rather blew up in my face. Lol! So I'm regrouping and trying to catch up. :(

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Thought this article might help:

http://ow.ly/FuJ330g8HqA

Sarah Thomas

Beth, apologies I couldn't remember what you'd said on loglines but have referred back up and will revise my message. Thanks for this! I hope your day is getting better!

Beth Fox Heisinger

No worries, Sarah T. And thanks, I hope so too. Lol! ;) Oh, and Steven, I checked all those link posts you posted and only the last one worked, so for the sake of simplicity, I deleted the duplicates. Thanks for sharing the link. ;)

Kellie Burke

Hello people! Due to a visit from a friend of mine and health issues from my knee injury, I wasn't able to write yesterday and today. Tomorrow I will start episode 8 of my TV show I'm writing for myself. So far three pages written Thursday night.

Dan Guardino

I am on track for now but since I am extremely unmotivated that could drop off.

Linda Hullinger

Beth, sorry to hear your day wasn't going well. I, too, got sidetracked big time. And am considering shifting my goal to another direction. Will decide tomorrow which path to take. Hope tomorrow goes better for you!

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Beth Fox Heisinger You're welcome Beth. It is all about service. And helping each other. More to come. And I will try to be more careful and get the link right the first time.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Marathon MANHATTAN. Reminds me of what "RB" always says our writing is a Marathon, not a sprint. In addition to my working on my script this month from time to time will share articles that will help us.

C Harris Lynn

DAY FOUR: I wrote an entire exchange, even though I'll cut most of it. I then added the gist of another kill scene, determined a major plot point for Act Three, generalized the ending, and added notes for the Setting. I forgot to mention that I found some resource materials for my project when I went shopping, but have yet to read them. Some will argue the point, but research equals working on a script/project as far as I'm concerned. (Again, I have not read them yet, so...)

I then sent Notes on the pilot I read the other day, added a major plot point and exchange to another script, and did minor work on two others.

I have always argued that one page (in my projects, anyway) does NOT equal one minute onscreen, and this is especially true with horror scripts. The kill scenes are usually only a few paragraphs, maybe a page, but should take at least 3-5+ minutes onscreen (building tension, etc., that only takes a line or two to establish on the page, but much longer onscreen). So, for the guy above who noted that Act Two is difficult in horror, take heart! :)

I might actually wind up with fewer than 90 pages... HAHAHAHA! Okay -- fewer than 110, at least.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Thanks, Linda. Much appreciated. Sorry to hear you got sidetracked... Yeah, I may have to make adjustments as well. But the first days are always a little tricky for me, juggling everything, I tend to hit a stride after that. Weekends are tricky to manage as well. Lol! So today, Sunday, DAY FOUR, I'll be working on my outline and will better set myself up for the days ahead. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hey Steven, to add to that metaphor... It's more a series of marathons because marathons do have finish lines that you will cross. They do come to an end. You finish one and start another. And another. And another. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

C Harris, it sounds like you are being productive! Good for you! ...Yeah, the whole one-page-equals-one-minute rule of thumb thing... I agree, it truly depends on whose thumb is doing the ruling. LOL! ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

ARGH. Fixed my typo above... More coffee, please. LOL! Happy writing today everyone!

Shawn Speake

A page that takes longer than a minute to read aloud 'could' suffer from compression. Too much, too tight. In my early years I got beat up for compression.... Today I'm killin' polish pass pages!... Keep up the good writing, S32!

Shawn Speake

Thanks for having me! ... Huge congrats, Sylvia! you're kickin' ass. That's what's up!

Steven Michael

I cleaned up a lot of old dialogue in my screenplay. It all works much better now. Now I feel very good about progressing the story. I have numerous older scenes and outlines that I can draw from to finish the final 35 pages. It's been a long time coming, but I will get it done this month.

I also made a connection with a retired film editor here in AZ. We have exchanged some writings and we will meet tomorrow for coffee and conversation. Good month so far!

Kellie Burke

I'm editing my feature today before I keep on writing episode 8. I may want to copyright it Monday or Tuesday online before anything.

Jerry Gill

Is it sadistic to be glad to see I am not the only person in the world spending a weekend thinking and writing? I can't call it work because it is actually fun. Just re-watched treatment video by Conrad Sun. Will begin that this week. In the meantime, continue novel 7. Love it when things start popping so fast I can't stop - gotta see it on paper. I'm there on Vic #7.

Shawn Speake

Here's a power tip from my research. Reading everything 'aloud' is a major component in successful writing. I can tell immediately if a writer didn't read their work aloud. Every sentence should sing, not just dialogue. Description, direction, every component should be smooth to read.

C Harris Lynn

I'm sure some of these scenes are too compressed, but I'll worry about that later. I'm awful about editing out my own voice in prose, and I really want to get a first draft by December, so I'm just putting fingers to keyboard! A lot of these death scenes are too similar (at least to me), but... I'll worry about all that later. :D

This is not at all comedic (a few lines here and there, of course), but I still have a lot of throwaways that eat-up the page. Few are necessary, but I feel it sounds more Naturalistic, and that's what I'm going for to establish verisimilitude. I want this to come across as realistic as possible since the concept's so over-the-top. May not be necessary, but -- again -- I'll decide on that once I've gotten it all on the page.

Has anyone ever used the built-in reader-people function? I never have; I may try that. I always read my stuff aloud, but it's become exceedingly clear that few people "get" me, so...

I hope they don't read stuff like, "100 00111 11100 00 00 111."

Debbie Croysdale

Ive started late ....but count me in! Aiming to hoover a script down by one third. Make a first draft into a final draft. @Beth LIFE DOES GET IN THE WAY! @Shawn READY TO SING A LOUD LOUD LOUD....

Sarah Gabrielle Baron

Didn't write today...sort of needed a break to regroup before delving into act 2...

Zlatan Mustafica

I am having some cake at almost 1 a.m , LOL. No sleep tonight as I wanna get a lot done. Taking a breather from my script while reading through my pitches I´ve prepared. Day 5 over here! Let´s go people! Hit those keys with passion and conviction! :) Yeah, I used to work as a soccer coach too. We yell sometimes, LOL.

Linda Hullinger

C Harris, I've used the voice read along tool on final draft. It's great at catching typos and clunky dialogue. Especially after I've rewritten something so many times that my mind is filling in the missing words.

PJ Edwards

I lost Day 3 and 4. Life caught up with me big time!

Russel Bonguen

Joining the club starting today. Not writing but reading 3 scripts per week

C Harris Lynn

DAY FIVE: Wrote about 10 pages (likely to cut at least 3-4 of those, which are largely dialogue that goes nowhere), killed-off all my Victims (I think -- may have a straggler or two), started on the Big Backstory, added some character/relationship stuff, detailed that Major Plot Point I came up with the other day, and even threw in some foreshadowing and clues!

The "B-Story" (backstory) is far more central than the hook (it's actually the A-Story, but that's The Beeg M. Knight Shammarammalon Tweest!), so it's going to take a lot more work -- however, I know what I'm going for, so it's just a matter of... you know, working. There is a lot of character dynamics to cover and work out... but most of those cats die, and those scenes are already written (so I can cheat if I run out of time by just moving those scenes closer to their untimely demises).

Thanks, Linda! A lot of my lines depend heavily on delivery and timing and that doesn't always come through on the page apparently, so I'd love to hear someone else read to get a fresh take.

Now I have to pause the writing and read-up on all the research materials I've collected along the way -- and there is a lot! Break a leg, everyone! :)

David Downes

Finished laying out the basic plot points this weekend.

Sarah Gabrielle Baron

page 32. I hate this story. Hardest scene in 18 more pages. Should be tomorrow or Wednesday. I hope I feel a lightening once it's OUT of me and down on 'paper'.

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi Debbie Croysdale. Great to have you on board! And, well, "life" sure got in my way this past weekend—boy howdy. Lol! Looking forward to the week ahead. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Thanks for sharing such a thoughtful, sincere comment, Elisabeth. Yes, we must forge ahead. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Sarah B, and all, I don't know if you saw RB's Coffee & Content blog on Sunday; he shared a video of Jorden Peele's keynote discussion at the 2017 Film Independent Forum. In the video, Peele talks about having FUN. Enjoying the work. Because if you hate what you are doing, then that will show, it will come through in the writing, in the work. You gotta connect to it somehow, find that element that you yourself enjoy. Not to throw a wrench in your project, Sarah, but saying you "hate" your story sounds counterintuitive to me, perhaps? Maybe it's just a tough section to push through and you'll be more excited again once it's done. Anyhoo, I like to listen to podcasts or videos while working or when taking a break. Here's a direct link should anyone be interested in watching the discussion: https://www.stage32.com/blog/Coffee-and-Content-Brand-Building-for-Scree.... Enjoy! :)

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Does anyone here on our path to the November 30th deadline find help with these (2) Screenwriting books: The Screenwriters Bible? or Save The Cat? I ask because over the last 3 years of my membership these pop up from time to time. Anyway 'AMSTERDAM 74' has finally gotten STEVE out of Nijmegen and on the train North. Going to tighten up my scene cards more before I add more pages but have 45 pages now and things are on track(sorry about the pun). Anyway very grateful to Beth Fox Heisinger for helping me and the rest of my fellow "HAPPY WRITERS' Really feel with each script I get a little better and closer to finding my VOICE. But let's face it I'm a WOODY ALLEN, MEL BROOKS clone. And it I can channel some of their VOICE, then well let's not kid ourselves I want to sell some tickets here. This is some ride!!! And a shout out to my fellow Metro NYC peeps who are here too!!

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Typo Alert: And if I can channel not it I can channel. Thank God I am doing this DIY. My spelling and grammar would never get past a script reader. But I have to be more careful because I still have to direct the SAG/AFTRA/EQUITY actors that have signed up to get this film made. And besides spelling errors is a red flag to any script reader that you're a NEWBIE. 34,000 plus films are going to be made next year. Can you imagine how many 100's of thousands of scripts try to get into a script readers office? Phew!! Long shot at best. But it still boils down to a great story and I know some of my fellow 'HAPPY WRITERS' are OSCAR worthy. Including this great German screenwriter who adores BILLY WILDER and has one coming.

Zlatan Mustafica

Page 90 reached after almost a 24 hour writing session! My Eyes are bloodshot, playing tricks on me and they hurt LOL. I am off to bed. See you tomorrow guys! Stay in it! :)

Frankie Gaddo

I caught on to this kind of late but I'd like to get in if it's alright. My goal would have been the same even if I joined last week. - Finish the third draft outline for a comedy feature I'm working on.

Kellie Burke

I edited my feature but didn't work in my episode due to a throbbing knee. I will write tomorrow.

Aray Brown

Was M.I.A for a minute. 17 pages down. 20 pages in my head. But i'm getting close. Have a great night ya'll!

PJ Edwards

Sheesh! Day 5! Finally done with the game. On to easier things to write!

Aray Brown

I think about every scene in my head before I actually type it out

Beth Fox Heisinger

Welcome, Dan C and Frankie. :) Sorry to hear about your knee, Kellie B. That's not good!

Beth Fox Heisinger

Zlatan, you do this every year. AMAZING!!! I hope you do get some rest. ;)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Well, I am finally feeling like I've got things lined up and planned out. Now I can hunker down. Whew, I have so much to do in the days ahead. Let's keep going! Onward! ;)))

Beth Fox Heisinger

Aray, yeah, I'm the same. I will ponder and work things out in my head for quite some time before jotting it all down. Lol! ;)

Aray Brown

Steven Harris Anzelowitz I personally haven't read Save The Cat or The Screenwriter's Bible. I'm sure they help but not everything can be learned in books. Zlatan Mustafica I remeber you doing something like this last year. Wowwwwwwww! For me to pull off a 24 hour writing session, I would need Mountain Dew :)

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Aray Brown Thank you for the feedback on those books. I have not read them either. Most of my knowledge on screenwriting since I started in August,2014 has come from stage 32. Whether it be a blog, or a member post or a link to an article. But I am sure those are excellent books. The one book that is on my wish list is RB's on crowd sourcing. Since all (3) of my copyrighted scripts I plan to DIY it should be useful. Good luck.

LindaAnn Loschiavo

I love "Save the Cat" and even recommend it to first-time novelists.

Darren Rapier

Steven - I teach screenwriting at the British Film Institute, here in the UK and my favourite books are Chris Vogler’s Writers Journey and Screenplay by Syd Field. Everything is a version of everything and mostly based on Aristotle’s Poetics (a good read as well and still valid). Use them as a template though NOT a blueprint- by this I mean write it, then tweak it to fit that 3 Act structure. If you do it the other way around it’s like writing by numbers and you end up with an uninspiring script. I find Save the Cat and Story too prescriptive. Just my tuppence-worth

Zlatan Mustafica

Beth Fox Heisinger and Aray Brown - Thanks you guys :) Well, I am a little crazy I guess, LOL. I mean all kidding aside, you know how much I love to do this. And November Write Club gives me that extra boost and it truly is a great way to end a full year of writing, you know? Glad to hear you´re having some traction again Beth! Getting on track is a great feeling. And Aray, I don´t have Mountain Dew over here LOL, my fuel is passion and coffee :) Lots and lots of coffee. And sometimes some nice wine or a drink or two. :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Well, crazy or not (LOL!) I find you inspiring, Zlatan! I get that extra boost during November too! :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Thanks for the encouragement, Claude. Much appreciated. :) My two cents regarding Save the Cat, it's rather a prescriptive "intro" to screenwriting. The problem is many new writers stop there, and think that's all they need. They don't continue to grow, expand their knowledge, and develop their own voice. Don't get me wrong, the book makes good observations, but it's very limited. Personally, I much prefer The Screenwriter's Bible simply because it's more of a straight-up reference book for how to construct or format something on the page; it describes and gives examples of how to utilize writer tools and their function for your purposes. It shows various options. There's no one way to write a screenplay. I keep my copy near my desk. Lol! Anyway, let's please not debate about Save the Cat in this thread. Let's keep this thread focused on our November efforts. Thanks all! :))

Kellie Burke

I have "The Screenwriter's Bible" but I also went to Gotham Writers Workshop here in NYC. I'm so ready to register my work.

Zlatan Mustafica

Beth- You are a sweetheart. Small things like that mean so much to me. Thank you! And the reason November Write Club is such an awesome experience and growing each year is because of your very dedicated self. I Think I speak for everyone when I say that you are an inspiration to all of us in your own right :) Thanks for holding the reins on this for all of us :)

Darren Rapier

Structured into Scene by Scene, now working on sequences within the script - non-linear progression but hard to tell how much work there is still to do!

Aray Brown

Day 7. 20 pages in. I'm loving the story so far and a bit weary of where it will lead.