The wife and kids got back home Saturday, ending my 8-day writing fest. How’d it go? Pretty well, I’d say. Psycho Ex doesn’t yet have a showable first draft (which was the original goal), but it will by Labor Day. So if you’ve been a script reader of mine before, get ready.
The big highlight/breakthrough of the week occurred at 10:22PM on Tuesday. Lightning struck and the huge bloated mess that was Act Two suddenly came into focus. A bold new Line emerged and I started resequencing and cutting like crazy. The index cards were flying. I’m now pretty psyched about this Act Two – it should turn out to be one of the most active and energetic second acts of all my scripts. I’ve said all along that this script is much more plot than ideas/theme, and right now The Line feels really good.
I’m currently on page 75, plowing forward while rewriting/cutting as I go. Page count is cooperating nicely. Two big scenes (already written) and I’m out of Act Two. Act Three is looking strong too. A couple of wrinkles to finesse still, but I’m in good shape. I’m as excited about this script as I’ve ever been.
By the Numbers:
131 = current page count (down from a peak of 151 and then 143 when the honeymoon began)
200 = blank index cards I had to go out and buy
57 = current number of scenes in the script (some are montages and/or intercut sequences)
10 = page number when we get the big hook/rug-pull moment
2 = number of dinners I had with old friends I haven’t seen much of since the children came
2 = number of people who get killed in the story
1= number of attacks with gardening implements
0 = number of times a character named Bernard Blanchard calls someone a “taffy ass” in the script (have to rectify this before it’s finished)
0 = minutes spent playing Wii for the entire 8 days
countless = number of times I watched this