Another November means another shot at a crazy 50,000 word push to write a novel in a month. For those who haven’t already heard, I am not working on my NaNoWriMo this year. I promise that does not mean that I am not writing!
For the past two months, I have been writing the first draft for my first screenplay. In the last week, I have finished Act 1 and started receiving feedback. Now, I’m switching gears to develop a workable synopsis for Act 2 and Act 3. Following that, I’m hopefully going to revise Act 1 again.
“If you have a problem with the third act, the real problem is the first act.”
I think what Mr. Wilder was trying to say is that by Act 3, if you’ve begun without a well-developed plot, you may just end up with a lot of plot holes and then you’ve got to go back and fix them all. So, work out inconsistencies in your synopsis now and you’ll save yourself a bit more writing later on. That’s what I’m trying to do, Mr. Wilder.
Fire away if you have questions!
- Scrivener writing application now available for Windows, just in time for NaNoWriMo (downloadsquad.com)
- Calling All Writers to NaNoWriMo (psychologytoday.com)