Screenwriting : Multitasking? by C.m. Andino

C.m. Andino


Just curious, do you work on more than one script at time, or do you focus on one until it's done?

David Levy

I am 80% done writing/developing a new TV Pilot script. I just sent a polished script out for coverage and have another script I need to begin rewrites on. I try to write one script at a time to focus on the story and characters. Once it is done I can go between scripts that need revisions and polishing.

Elisabeth Meier

In case I hang with one script I continue on another one to stay in the stream of writing. So, I never get the problem of not being able to go on writing or sitting in front of a white page without any idea.

Mike Romoth

I'm always working on a few outlines at once. I keep separate piles of index cards bundled with clips, with a title card on top. However, I only write one screenplay at a time. Outline ideas come randomly. Writing the actual scrip requires a more focused effort.

Melonie Zarko

I have to multitask. Aside from life - I'm working one one script, one novel which will later convert into screenplay after I'm finished with my first, plus I'm making a wool hunters cowl, a blanket for Xmas present, and designin another blanket from scratch. I keep busy, so if I block on one thing, I have something else to move on to. But that system works for me, it might not be for everyone, but I don't think there is anything wrong with doing things your own way.

Lynn Wilkinson

I write on several things at once, just finished a first draft of a screen play and am working on a novel which I am outlining for a screenplay at the same time. And like all the others I have about 9 ideas and log lines of future projects to choose from.

C.m. Andino

When I was writing my first script I wouldn't work on anything else for fear that I would never finish it. But the more scripts I write the easier it is to take on more projects at once. I still have one script as my main focus while I do rewrites and polishing, but if I get a block I might write a short or work on my pilot that seems to be a never ending project.

Howard Johnson

One till the rewrite, start next one, go back and do rewrite..Does that make sense?

Cherie Grant

I will write several projects at a time when i get sick of one or get stuck.

Lisa Clemens

I have to multi-task. While working on a solo screenplay, I have a screenplay with my partner as well as ghost-writing an autobiography. Then my partner occasionally sends me scripts to read for projects he's being considered for as an action choreographer so I will read them and make notes for him, assisting.

Pierre Langenegger

I don't think I know of anyone who doesn't

Susan Holtzer

Currently I've got one script out to a couple of contests, one in heavy rewrite, and two potential YA SciFi novels. For me, the hard part is moving from screenwriting -- all action and dialogue -- to the novel form -- so much description. :-)

K Kalyanaraman

I am working on my novel, and I am into 2 feature length scripts that are in various percentages of completion. I am also required to write for TV, which is my bread and butter business. Then, there are these outlines that I am compelled to complete- to compete. Thus I have my hands full, and wish I had two more hands, to complement my thoughts :-). I don't know if I am heading the right way, but for the moment, that's the way I like it, as I left a corporate job to be a full time writer. I read in between, first the newspapers and the web, and then other scripts, mostly for relaxation but often for inspiration. BTW, I am reading "Django Unchained" now and enjoying it too.

CJ Walley

For me it's all dependant on inspiration and motivation.

Shawn Speake

Happy Friday! There's a term issue here. MULTITASKING is the act of doing more than one thing at a time. PROJECT STACKING is the act of working on more than one script. While working a on story, we should not be multitasking. Multitasking is the antithesis of focus.

Melonie Zarko

Well then I'm the Queen of Project Stacking! lol. Happy Friday!

Andrew Martin Smith

Multitasking it totally beyond me. I immerse myself utterly and totally in the project at hand. For four weeks I am that draft. Even when I walk down the road to pick up a newspaper and milk I am dreaming through the scene that I am chunking off that day. When I was young - I used to work late into the night with a pot of coffee - banging away on my old Olivetti but those days are now over. My best work is now in the morning after I have hugged a large mug of tea - and indulged in some more 'dream time'. The one great thing about modern computer key boards is you don't get people banging on the walls. I jest you not - those old manuals were damn noisy. That and everything is so easy with Final draft.

Niksa Maric

Always on more than 1 script. Whatever comes to mind, start writing, when I feel BLOCKED, I move to next one.

Andrew Martin Smith

Steven - every writer needs a local bagel shop. Best of luck with Hope Saves Manhattan.

Vince Conside

I stay on the tracks, one.

Shane M Wheeler

I'm trying to rotate and focus on things, but it can be difficult. Outlines I write whenever I get the ideas in place enough so they are there for later use revision. When I'm writing a script, usually I stick it out until it's done. When a script is done, I let it set for a week or two if I can, then get back into revision with less connection. In the meantime, I can either write something new or work on more revisions. So, basically a never ending rotation between writing, rewriting and revision, with some outlines and other projects squeezed in where I can.

Andrew Martin Smith

Shane is so right about the need to set a draft aside before reworking. When you are in the arena it can all become so close - you could drive a bus through the plot and you wouldn't notice. But - two weeks down the road you will reread and immediately the inconsistencies scream for attention and you will slap your forehead and do a Bart Simpson. As it is the first draft that I send to the creatives I work with - I will often write two different endings. What I call a European ending and a Hollywood ending. Then come the meetings, note takings and rewrites. You never get precious over a screenplay. As for ideas - I read an old fashioned broadsheet newspaper and i take clippings - which are filed with outlines and allowed to grow into stories. So I have just pitched a Boko Haram story to a Nigerian producer I have worked with over the years - and we shall see what we will see!

Sarah Gabrielle Baron

When composing an original, just one, focused, beginning to end. When dreaming up stories, again, often just one. When in 'edit & polish' mode, several.

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