Weekly Check In Week 40 6 comments


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Welcome to the beginning of the final quarter of the writing year. How on earth did we get here so fast?

I hope you are happy with your writing progress so far this year. Lets make the most of the three months ahead of us.

Here’s a quick recap of how the weekly writing check in works.

1. Let us know how you fared with last week’s writing goals (whether you shared them with us here or not).

2. Share your goals for the new week.

3. Don’t forget to cheer for each other!

New to the weekly check in? Our first check in of the year includes tips on setting writing goals. But the most important thing to know is that everyone is welcome. If you’d like the moral support of discussing your writing progress with other writers, please join the comments and let us know what you’re working on and how you’re doing.


6 thoughts on “Weekly Check In Week 40

  • Debbie Moon

    Hello! Early cheers of everyone, I hope your writing goals are going well.

    I was a speaker at a children’s writing conference on Saturday, talking about writing children’s television, which was lots of fun. And today I entered the BBC’s Screenplay First competition, a development opportunity for experienced writers new to film – and finally finished the first draft of a spec action comedy I’ve been working on intermittently all summer. So I feel quite fulfilled right now!

    Still got several TV projects rumbling along – notes and more notes – but I think it’s time to start thinking about new projects. I’m actually planning to adapt one of my unproduced screenplays as a novel, which is exciting and actually a bit terrifying. Haven’t written prose in a long while!

    Oh, and I started a six week online course at Screenwriting Masterclass, developing a new movie idea. It’s going well so far, though there are only two of us on it, so not getting as much feedback as I would have liked…

    Actually, now I put it all down, I’m pretty busy!

    So what’s everyone else up to?

    • Mark Walker

      Very busy by the sounds of it – all sounds very exciting! Good luck with it all Debbie!

  • Mark Walker

    Quiet(ish) week for me – working through an outline for NaNoWriMo – the website is live, so it starting to feel a bit “real” – I’m signed up and committed though, so no going back now. Still hoping to get the outline done before eh end of the month so I can just go for it with the writing. I think 50,000 will be tough to do in a month, but let’s give it a whirl!

    Hope everyone else is working hard and having a productive week!

  • Sue Morris

    Hi everyone, hope everything is going well on your projects.

    Debbie – congratulations on completing the first draft of your spec. I saw that Screenplay First competition as well but I’m ineligible because of The Drift, so good luck with it! It seems a bit strange you being new to film with all your experience writing TV.

    Mark – I saw your blood moon picture on Twitter, it was beautiful. Good luck with NaNoWriMo. 50,000 words does seem a lot but hopefully once you get the momentum going they will be pouring out of you!

    In the past week I’ve sent over a new draft of Second Glance to the producers. I’m sure there will be more notes to come but I’m really happy with the way it’s shaping up. I’ve also just done some notes on someone else’s script.

    The medieval action/adventure spec that I’ve been rewriting on and off over the last few months is now sitting in a virtual proverbial drawer, waiting for me to get back to it with fresh eyes.

    In the meantime my priority for the next month is to produce a new draft of the sci-fi adventure that my friend and I have been working on. I have several pages of notes that I need to incorporate.

    As for the next spec, I haven’t had a lot of time to work on the outline. So at the moment whenever I have an idea or a question to consider or just a random thought that might be relevant, I’m adding it to a Word document I’ve created. That way it’s all in one place, and then when I have time I can go back and pick through it.

    Hope everyone else is making progress towards their goals!

    • Mark Walker

      Hi Sue

      Thanks for your kind words! I’m getting better with each shot, but it is a slow road – much like writing! And yes, 50,000 does sound like a lot – although my outline is nearly 7000 words – so I am sure it will be a walk in the park! ;-)

      Glad to hear you are making some great progress with your own writing, sounds like you have some fun stuff going on. Have you ever used Scrivener? I’ve found it to be a useful tool for keeping all my notes and scenes, comments, ideas and research all in one place for the last few projects I have worked on. You can even write your screenplay in it – although I usually move over to Final Draft for that. And it can be a bit more structured than a Word document (at least for me). You do have to pay, but it was only about $30 when I got it. I’d love to see an app for it as well, then I could play around on my phone while on the move!

      [Oh, I don’t work for them by the way! :-)]

      Have a great week!

      • Sue Morris

        Hi Mark, no, I haven’t tried Scrivener, although I’ve heard other people mention it. I did download Evernote to my phone a few months ago because someone recommended it, but I’ve never got round to finding out how to use it!

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