I received an e-mail today notifying me of my one year blogging anniversary. Though I’ve posted little of late, I’ve tried to keep up with what other bloggers are doing, and I’ve posted an occasional comment. I’ve been working ferociously on completing a first draft of my first attempt at writing a screenplay. I have about 116 pages, 28 scenes, completed, and I’ll need at least 10 additional scenes to get to where I need to be to logically complete the story. 

I find one of the biggest challenges to be ironing out chronological flaws. Some things happening later in the story have necessitated me going back to alter earlier scenes. I don’t mind doing this. I view it as part of the learning experience. I’m not one to concern myself with word or page counts. I’m certain I’ll hear about it from other screenwriting buffs and bloggers. I suppose in some ways I am doing myself a disservice. It’s just that I’m having such a blast doing this, I don’t want it to conclude. I’m not really looking for advice or guidance. Just thought I might keep anyone who might be interested in the loop. 

I have the last ten or so scenes outlined. I’m optimistic about where the story’s headed. I have no interest in rushing to finish. I’d like to craft the ending as carefully as I am able, wrap it all neatly up, and move on to rewriting and rewriting. I’ll focus more on formatting in the rewrites. To anyone who has followed this blog, I’m sincerely grateful. 


About ldlagarino

I'm a somewhat retired tractor-trailer driver who loves the movies and always loved to write. I have time now. No excuses. I suppose it's only natural for me to lean toward screenwriting.
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  1. cindygrigg says:

    Hey, I didn’t know they did that on the anniversary of a blog. I guess it’s good to celebrate whenever you can :) I found this post so intriguing because you brought up an energy I’m not very connected with right now, when you said that you are in no rush to finish your current project because you are savoring it. I love writing but I always feel an urgency to wrap things up and I admit to getting tired of writing on the same project so long! It was refreshing to hear about how much you are enjoying the process. Your love for it really comes through. Awesome.


    • ldlagarino says:

      Thanks for showing interest. I did finish a first draft of the screenplay in February. It counted out to 176 pages, longer than I anticipated. I’m between 90-100 pages into the first rewrite. If you go back to earlier posts, you can read (if you’re interested of course) the first 40 some odd pages. The formatting is incorrect, but the basic story hasn’t changed other than a few tweaks. I have it formatted (at least I think it is) correctly on paper. I plan on registering this first rewrite with the Writer’s Guild before making any additional changes. After that, I’ll be looking for feedback to tighten things up. Whatever it takes. I’m thick-skinned.


  2. joskelkat says:

    Tenacity pays off! Keep at it!


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