i’m done with a draft for my community spec. i can’t believe i wrote it in 19 days! here’s the breakdown of time:
- 8/4 – decided to write a spec for the show community. i watched all the episodes from the first season over and over.
- 8/6 – broke down the structure of the show.
- 8/7 – started coming up with loglines for possible stories.
- 8/13 – started writing the outline.
- 8/18 – imported my outline into final draft and started writing pages.
- 8/23 – finished my draft!
this was definitely the fastest spec i wrote. previously, it was my office spec wich i wrote in a month, but i wasn’t working when i wrote that, vs this script where i had a full time job. this was my 4th spec, so i’ve gotten familiar with the process. i put the time in at the start to research the show, break down its structure, and develop a solid outline, and that lets me write the actual dialogue and pages pretty quickly.
even though i initially started writing pages in final draft, i ended up doing the bulk of the writing in screenwriter. i’ve said this more than once, but the notes feature in screenwriter is awesome, and the notes feature in final draft is useless.
even when i’m writing pages, i still work with my outline open and refer to it constantly. this way i have my roadmap and don’t get lost in my scene. if i make any structural changes in the script, i’ll change it in my outline as well.