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The Board.

Posted: November 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Tags: | 1 Comment »

For the last couple of days, I’ve been working out a brief but wicked important outline of the entire script, and painstakingly writing the bullet points down on index cards. It’s the first time I’ve done this, but it’s a pretty helpful visual organization of what needs to happen and in what order. If I hit a bump in the road, I’m just gonna look up and there it is, all laid out for me like a road map. “Here’s where you were going next…

Now, obviously, it’s not set in stone. There are some cards that’ll come down and some cards that’ll be changed, and probably some cards that’ll be added, but that’s about it. That’s my script: twenty-four notecards.

The yellow sheet in the middle is the centerpiece of writing, it’s the best advice I’ve ever gotten. It comes from John August, and it reads: “What can burn, and why haven’t I lit it on fire yet?”

(There are three postings on the bottom that aren’t notecards: the paper on the left is a one sentence summary of each of the main characters’ stories, the middle is Kurt Vonnegut’s eight rules for writing a short story, and the yellow legal paper is a scene that I wrote that will someday make it into something I write; just, not this one. The blurred stuff in the bottom right corner are checks that I need to deposit — the board doesn’t just help me write! Above that are some other notes, including my reminder of Dubin’s Fuck First Rule — which, you’ll remember, says: “Start it with a fuck scene!” — and another piece of advice from John August, “the protagonist is the character that suffers the most,” and finally, a Far Side comic.)


[This post also showed up on Paper Dailies, my almost-daily screenwriting log.]

[BTW, does bolding help at all? Or is it just annoying on the eyes?]

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One Comment on “The Board.”

  1. 1 Pete said at 1:32 pm on November 3rd, 2010:

    I shouldn’t write blog posts at 4 am…

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