When a good idea comes, I write it down. Eventually the really good ones are turned into a screenplay.
But all these “good ideas” are placed into a folder on the computer.
Often when I begin my outline, I copy and past the very first notes into another word document where I can continue to build the idea, thus leaving the very first starter note as is.
So one long night….
I went back to the starter ideas that were turned into screenplays…
What I found:
Most of the time the notes don’t even apply to the screenplay anymore. But I did find that they are filled with meaning and substance.
On the good screenplays I’ve written, that meaning and substance stuck.
On the bad screenplays, the meaning and substance was clearly lost. Probably in the shuffle of structure, characters and the basic to-do list of a screenplay.
I was also inspired by a lot of the notes. They actually brought on new ideas, which I quickly wrote down. I realized that these starter notes were crucial. I wrote them down for a reason. It’s what inspired me in the first place. And when I write a new story, I need to remember where it all started — where it all came from.
Go back and review your free flowing thoughts. I think you’ll find something. I know I did.
Always be writing. Everyday.