August Goals Update

Last week, I outlined my August goals and said I’d provide weekly updates on them.  As a recap, my goals were:

  • 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 far, I’ve been pretty productive.  To that end, last week I:

  • Outlined a draft of my comedy pilot.  I’ll need to go back in later this week and revise it, but I’m feeling okay about the act outs and the way that things are coming together.
  • Started my revisions.  I usually put things away for a month or so after I write a draft and this was no exception.  I really thought what I’d written was terrible, at the time, but rereading it shows that I was overreacting and it’s pretty well plotted and the world feels like it’s got a solid foundation.  Obviously I’m going back in and doing a bunch of work, but it’s less a Page One rewrite and more of a minor surgery.
  • Submitted all my UCLA Extension work on time and gave feedback.  Still not in love with the project I’m working on there, but I don’t really love any of my projects until I’ve done one round of rewrites.
  • Attended improv.  Wrote a whole post about it, not going to rehash it here.
  • Went 7/7 on writing for 30 minutes a day.  My gym goals weren’t nearly as well hit last week, but I chalk some of that up to day job stuff and some personal things I had to handle.

My plan this week is to continue tackling rewrites, chip away at the new class project, go back to improv for round two, and hit up that outline for my comedy this weekend.

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.