This week I haven’t been up to much out in the real world, which has been hard, because it’s London Fashion Week, and the BFI is also hosting the London Film Festival right now, so there’s loads going on.
But no, I have been staying in all this month and working hard. It’s Zero Draft 30 over at the Go Into The Story blog, which is where you can download yourself a calendar, join the Facebook or Twitter groups, and write yourself a screenplay. (Go Into The Story is a great resource and inspiration for screenwriters, so google it and sign up if you’re a script writer or love movies)
The plan is to write 4 pages a day, which means that by the end of the month, you’ll have a complete first “vomit” draft. People also do “scampers” together, which is where you find someone else who is online and ready to write, and you both try to get your quota out. It’s really lovely, with a supportive, funny atmosphere, and it’s great to get involved.
I think they’re going to do it in March and September, which is great. I really love it. It’s fun, motivational, and it gets you completing a script. And I love seeing the support and humour that people share with each other.
My script… well, it’s quite rough right now, and at the end of the month I hope that I can walk away from it and forget about it for a while. It’s fun to write, but it can also be painful, exhausting, frustrating and you inevitably have those moments of self doubt and wondering what on earth you were thinking.
My story is about a girl and the ghosts that she lives with. Are they literal ghosts? The ghosts from her past? Well, sorry, I’m not going to tell you! But maybe you’ll see or read it one day. (Hopefully!)
Although four pages a day doesn’t seem like much, it really can feel like it. Oh my! Especially when I still have screenings and other work to do. But I love getting back into that kind of writing again. It’s so good to be creative.
The other thing that I have been working on this week is helping a dear friend start her own blog. I can’t wait to share it with you! She’s a crafty creative person, who makes beautiful personalised scrapbooking pages, amongst other things, and I love seeing what she’s going to come up with next. I’ll do a post about her and her blog on here once she’s live and posting, but it’s nice to reflect I think on how far I’ve come as a blogger and writer, and all that I’ve done since I started blogging. And now she’s starting out on the same journey, so I’m really excited for her.
She’s also going to be starting her own business on Etsy selling her pieces, which you will be able to buy or order a personalised item, which I think is crazy exciting. I love when my friends branch out and start their own businesses and get creative. I can’t wait to introduce you to her!
I started some social media accounts and added the new blog onto Bloglovin, which I feel has been really useful in my own blogs growth. But I’d love to know what you guys think, what’s the best advice about blogging that you ever got? What are your tips?