New Goals



I started working on a new screenplay this past weekend.

I’ve been caught up with work and everything else in life. I’m trying to refocus my goals.

One of my goals is to write and direct my first feature film. I plan on creating an outline and writing a feature this month. I’m keeping the resources I have available in mind to write something that myself and a few friends could produce.

I’ve decided to start a weekly vlog as well. I kept a daily vlog for three months and while I couldn’t go back to the time commitment of filming and editing a vlog every day, I think I can post something interesting every week.

I have a few short films that I need to complete. I’m in the process of editing them so I can post them. I’m hoping to post six shorts in the next few months. All of them have been filmed, I just need to edit them.

There’s a lot that I want to do. At times it feels difficult to find the time. By refocusing my goals, I’m hoping that I will be able to get more accomplished in the months ahead.


Have a Plan

Whether you’re writing a short story, a novel, a screenplay, or a short film script, the writing will go quicker if you have a plan. After compiling the ideas for a story, I break those ideas down into story beats. The images and ideas you have for a story will lend themselves to the beginning, the middle or the end.

Sometimes I will outline before I sit down to write. My earliest outlines would be drawings of boxes with the two characters in each scene. Each box would represent a scene. When I outline now I usually include what the characters are trying to accomplish. Continue Reading


Saving Time

Between work, the Internet, friends, family, and all the other distractions in life it can be difficult to find writing time. When I’m working on a larger writing project like a novel or feature length screenplay I get in the habit of working on it during lunch and the first hour after I am finished with my regular job. 

I usually spend three to four weeks preparing ground work before diving into one of these projects. This includes character bios, plot outlines, and everything I do to get ready for a big project.

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Building the Foundation

After I find an idea that I’m really interested in pursuing I start building a foundation for the story. This applies to a short story or a short script. I’ve found that brainstorming around an idea can be very helpful. For example, in collaborating with a couple of other filmmakers I needed to develop a suspense / thriller script. I pitched a number of ideas to the filmmaking team and they were interested in an idea for a psychological thriller. I never wrote that type of script before. After the pitch meeting I didn’t really know where to start, so I found some writing time and put on one of my favorite albums from the band, Godflesh.

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Generating Ideas

One of the biggest challenges when you first try to tell stories is finding ideas. When I first started writing, I would do free-writing exercises, I would listen to music, and I would stay up past midnight until my internal censor would get tired. Continue Reading


Motivation and Marathons

For a year or two years I felt uninspired. I had submitted screenplays to competition and had done pretty well, I had already had four of my plays produced in Chicago, and I already had a bunch of my poems and short stories published in independent zines. I was still working full time and finding time for my creative pursuits was difficult. Trying to balance the creative life, work, and relationships was always a struggle. I didn’t have any ideas that I was passionate about. So I decided to try to be normal. I focused on work, going to the gym, and finding a woman I could feel serious about.

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