August Goals

This year, I’ve been using a planner to keep track of my life.  I started the year with the Commit30, but after a disasterous Diet Coke accident at the Women’s March, I swapped to a Volt Planner. It’s been really useful to help me map out my goals and progress, if not helpful because I’ve developed a washi tape addiction. 

Anyway, the planner makes you determine your goals at the start of each month and sort of serves as a good way to look back at what you’ve accomplished, so I figured I’d share my writing-related goals with you all for additional accountability. 

August Goals

  • Outline and complete a draft of comedy pilot.
  • Revise hour-long procedural pilot.
  • Participate actively in class and turn in all homework assignments on time.
  • Sign up for improv.
  • Write everyday for 30 minutes.
  • Read at least one book on screenwriting instead of allowing them to collect dust on my bookshelf.

So, yeah. The comedy pilot is something I came up with in early July, and I can’t seem to get out of my head. I broke the A/B/C stories, know the major beats, I just need to hunker down and do the work.  

The procedural pilot was something I did in June/July and have notes on but I like to give time between drafts, so August makes sense as a time to revise it. 

The class comment is because I’m in a certificate program at UCLA extension.  I do better in a classroom setting, so, this is my way of ensuring continued progress and work.  Improv is also class-based and something that has been recommended to me by a few folks, but tbh it scares me.  Oh well, gotta get out of that comfort zone. 

Writing for at least 30 min a day is always a goal. Sometimes I hit it, sometimes I don’t. But I like to keep it there to maintain the habit.  And the books, well, I buy things on a whim and then never read them, so it’s time to move past that. 

I’ll try to provide weekly updates on progress etc. If that gets annoying or too cumbersome maybe I’ll transition to mid-month and end-month updates. 

Purpose

So, a little bit about me.  My name’s Gretchen. I’m in my early 30s, but get carded for R-rated movies.  I don’t live in LA.  Yet.  I have a ten-year long career in politics, where I’ve worked on Capitol Hill, the campaign trail, and state government.  I love to travel and have been to all six inhabitable continents and also circumnavigated the globe.  In my free time, I toss weights around, judge CrossFit competitions, and bless the world with my sarcasm.

None of that is why I started this blog.  I decided, in the beginning of 2017, to make an actual effort to follow my dreams and try to make a legitimate run at becoming a television and feature writer.  Now, unlike most resolutions, I’ve managed to stick to this one so far and, despite a full time job and a side-hustle, I’ve completed:

  • 1 half hour spec
  • 3 hour-long pilots
  • 2 hour-long specs

Much like other aspirants, I spent the early part of this year racing toward the network tv fellowships and am anxious to see if I’ll be one of the lucky few out of thousands (but I’m realistic, y’all.  A baby writer in her first year is a long shot!). For the record, I entered them all — I specced Orphan Black & You’re the Worst, if you were curious.  Now that that deadline is gone, I’ve meandered a bit, and thought a blog might be helpful as a means to keep myself on track.  Maybe no one will read it.  Maybe some will.

Right now I’m in the process of writing a new pilot, revising two of the pilots I’ve written, and breaking a feature.  I do best when I’m busy, so I certainly try to do that.

You might be thinking — this bitch doesn’t even live in LA.  You’re right!  I don’t.  I plan to talk about that, too.  I’m saving for my move after some messy financial decisions in my twenties.  My goal is 2018, if all goes well.  But if you want to offer me a job on the west coast beforehand, I’m all ears. 😉