January 4, 2016
Every time I create a new class and have blocked it all out, I think I’m incredibly smart planning it out and writing and titling lectures and thinking up assignments and putting together study material and clips. By the time I have the class and lectures and materials outlined and put together I think I’m the cat’s meow, all that figured out and done and done!
But that never works. Not right up front.
It’s just like a script.
I figure it out. I lay it out. I plot it out. I think, THIS TIME, it’s all figured out, THERE WILL BE NO REWRITES!
After it’s all put together the way I thought it would work, I see ways to make it better. And start tearing things out and switching things out and rewriting and reorganizing…
All of which means I just spent the entire weekend rearranging, rewriting, and reorganizing the new January class The First 30 Pages.
What the Hell, Max?
What’s really annoying is it is better.
Dammit! That is not incentive to not do this again!
I wonder if this happens to architects.
It’s easy — okay it is a royal pain but still easier — for me to rip about changing the order of information and words than it is for someone who has just had a cement mixer pour a foundation.
It’s got to be trickier when someone has poured concrete.
Thank you for making me a writer and not an architect.
Those jackhammers and chisels would be the end of me.
Love and Kisses,
Your Favorite No Concrete Adams Girl
So for no reason other than sometime around 2 AM the other night I didn’t feel like reading one more script I went on a rampage and took apart seemaxrun and rebuilt it. I think it’s pretty — of course I like lots of white. It’s not done yet, either, but the bones are there. What do you think? http://seemaxrun.com
June 17, 2015
I am always seeing these crazy story boards posted online by writers. They are very ordered and very detailed and very complex and to me look like time outlines for a NASA space mission or a chores list put up for a military camp.
Here is one of those crazy story boards:
Here is my story board:
I guess my story board should be embarrassed by the bigger more glamorous story boards but it isn’t. My story board says, Fuck off, it doesn’t do manual labor.
June 7, 2015
June 6, 2015
5150 and AFW are nine years old.
Happy Birthday, 5150 and AFW!
April 1, 2015
February 28, 2015
There is a March seat open in the AFW online screenwriting workshop: AFW: 5150: An Online International Screenwriting Workshop http://ow.ly/JsaiZ
January 6, 2015
October 4, 2014
The Boy’s Club is fun. Well not so much if you are not a boy.
It means every single male “screenwriting guru” out there can bash you with cheap references to bras and popsicles and you are supposed to be nice about it. I guess?
I’m not nice.
I’m a kid from the streets.
I will fucking cut you.
Don’t do that shit again.