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Author, Teacher, Screenwriter

Friday, May 11, 2012

Softly, softly...

The film project I've been hinting about has moved to its next level--the producer and I have exchanged notes, and we've agreed on the potential restructuring. This is a critical time, with more weighing on the steps I take in the next month or two than any other comparable period of my life. I will need to be SUPER on-point.

1) I have to be focused. That means meditating every morning, re-writing my goals, stopping five times a day to breathe and move.

2) My head must be clear. That means reading Shakespeare daily "Macbeth"), reading Aristotle daily (the "Poetics" and "On The Soul"), using N-back training to wake the old brain up.

3) My energy must be high. Plenty of rest. Eating well. Exercise and stretching and joint recovery.

4) I have to approach the project incrementally. To be honest, I've frozen in the past. LONG in the past, that's true, but I love this particular project so much that I don't want to take any chances at all. The "1%" rule, well...rules. Today, I will integrate the notes into the manuscript by creating a parallel Final Draft file and making broad notes. No pressure at all. La-de-dah, nothing going on here...

Softly, softly catchee monkey.

5) I am lining up my allies. That will be friends to talk to, writing associates to advise and brainstorm. My Mastermind group. Just arranged to have a work session with Charles Johnson up in Seattle. I'm teaching two workshops at the Write On The River conference in Wenatchee, Washington next weekend, and trust me, I'm gonna be thinking deeply about the connection between "The Hero's Journey" and "Writing the Thriller" and my rewrite.

There will be more, later. Now, to work...



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