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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Dramatic Writing Workshop

I've been doing a lot of thinking about time lately. How to manage it. How to get the most out of it. We've all been there. You set aside a portion of the day to do something like work on a screenplay the next thing you are playing Asteroids for 6 hours. It is the procrastinator's game of choice after all. I got a little inspiration from this podcast I've recently gravitated towards called Media Artist Secrets. I highly recommend it just for some encouraging thoughts on how to stay focused and redirect your energy. It planted some seeds.

Around 5 months ago, a friend recommended a writing workshop that sounded promising. It's 3 months for a modest amount of money and is taught by a screenwriting professor for the New York University Graduate Program. I didn't take it at that time because I wasn't ready. I wasn't ready to share my broken screenplay with a classroom of strangers. Childish right? I was trying to gather my thoughts on rewriting this old screenplay, Where Are You Seventeen? and put it into a new outline. After a new screenwriter contact I met at the Tribeca Film Festival read it and gave me notes I was on fire. I just wanted to crawl into my lab and go to work and I did. I made a lot of progress. The outline is there. That was 2 months ago. "And the number one excuse for not finishing what you started....I got busy!!!" I haven't done any "writing" since. So now I think I'm ready. Maybe it's what I need? Feedback is always a good thing. The first class is September 14th so I will have to decide soon.

You know, get busy living or, well, you know.


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