Zero Draft Thirty 2017 Spring Challenge: Day 7

One month. FADE IN to FADE OUT. Creativity meets Productivity.

Zero Draft Thirty: Day 7.

Write an entire draft of a script in March — FADE IN. FADE OUT. Or any sort of creative goal you have in front of you.

Feature length movie screenplay. Original TV pilot. Rewrite a current project. Break a story in prep. Generate a month's worth of story concepts.

Whatever you feel will ratchet your creative ambitions into overdrive…


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Today's Writing Quote

"I think it's always easier to revise a script, even a truly awful one, than face the tyranny of the blank page."

— Stan Chervin

Today's Inspirational Video

"The Journey"

By Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice — 
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
'Mend my life!'
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.

You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations — 
though their melancholy
was terrible. It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.

But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice,
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do — 
determined to save
the only life you could save.

Friends, we are all on a journey. It's called Life. For those of us who are called to the Creative Life, we have a unique challenge… to abide the voices of doubt as well as lean into the void of the empty page.

It's not an easy path. But as long as it is our path, those are the steps we must take.

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Check back later for the winner of today's Anita Loos Award!

Good luck with today's writing!

UPDATE: I love it when someone expresses an idea about writing in a way that really drives home the point in a succinct fashion. Such was the case today on Twitter courtesy of Aideen McCarthy:

Done is better than perfect. That speaks to the essence of the Zero Draft Thirty approach. Better to have it down on the page, then rewrite it as opposed to not having a draft.

My advice: Write that mantra on a note card and stick it up in a clear line of sight at your writing station.

For that bit of inspiration, today's Anita Loos Award goes to Aideen McCarthy.

Done is better than perfect. Beautiful!

Zero Draft Thirty 2017 Spring Challenge: Day 7 was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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