Today is day 30, the last day of Naplwrimo, which is National Playwriting Month. The deal is simple – write every day for the month of November, check in at the website, and submit a play of at least 75 written pages on November 30th, which is today. And I did it ! I have finished a draft of my play The Gift.
Hooray! And phew! The script has ended up being 91 pages, which is awesome, lots of room for play (either in tightening up or additional writing). I did a short video so that I can show you what I’ve done over this past month. It’s a lot of writing. Now I need a nap.
Okay. So, my one month of writing a play on NaPlWriMo which is National Playwriting Month, it’s coming to an end. There’s the first page and I will scroll down. Look at all the writing, look at all the writing! Woo! And there is the – boop boop boop boop boop boop boop boop – oh, for heaven’s sakes, come on. There we go, last page! Page 91 to the all-important – doot doot doot doot doot doot doot – the end. Woohoo!
So, I started this whole process, I’m just going to show you basically how much I’ve written. So, I did a lot. I do a lot of pen and paper, and there’s a lot of writing, a lot of writing, a lot of writing. And we had one printout which I don’t even think this is just the first act, yep. I didn’t even get to the second act. And then, when we got to the whole thing, lots of writing, lots of writing, this was the last bastion where I was really working hard this weekend and to get to the end.
And I have to say that I don’t know if it was because my idea was pretty well-formed when I started. So, I started from nothing. I had my idea, I knew I was going to write something inspired by The Gift of the Magi, and I knew it was going to be modern, and I knew it was going to be a full-length, and basically, that’s all I knew. And it turned into overlapping stories – we had a past story, a present story, and then, also, recreating some scenes from The Gift of the Magi. And I don’t know if it was because that idea was pretty well-formed that the writing flowed pretty well.
It was pretty difficult at times. It’s always about finding the time, isn’t it? It’s always about, “When am I going to have, you know, if I don’t have an hour to write, what’s the point?” I guess, what I would say is that there is the point. Sometimes, you know, I’ve only got maybe this much done and I had to walk away. But I got, at least, this much done every single day this month. And, to that end, here it is. I’m doing this in the evening of the 29th and I actually got the play finished and will be moving forward with it which is very, very, very, very, very exciting.
So, that’s it! Me, signing off! I think I’m going to take a break from writing over my Christmas holidays though. It’s very intense writing a full-length play in a month’s time. It’s exhilarating. And, again, I don’t know if it was because I had my idea, was able to march me forward pretty easily that I didn’t feel despair at the writing process. There was really some problems but I never felt despair which is a really wonderful thing to say, particularly when you are trying to make something pretty huge and we’ll see. Craig’s going to read it over the weekend. Who knows? Maybe it’ll go in the trash. I don’t think so though.
I think that I’m really happy with this pretty forward first draft and we’ll see where it goes.