Though originally I planned to follow How to Write a Movie in 21 Days to the letter, I am now hopelessly off track, mostly due to the fact that the daily assignments got so HUGE that I couldn't keep up. For example, Day Seven's assignment is:
Guess what? You're going to write thirty pages today...This will probably be the easiest day so far. You are not allowed to write for more than three hours.
According to the book, at the end of Day Seven I should have finished my complete rough draft of a 120 page screenplay. Yeah...not happening. In fact, after re-reading what I've written so far, my screenplay feels as if it's skimming along the surface of character development and story. I don't like this.
I should explain that my ideal storytelling device is an 800 to 1,000 page novel along the lines of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows or Gone with the Wind or The Count of Monte Cristo.
I don't know how to instill a 120 page screenplay with the depth of plot and character found in a 1,000 page novel. I don't even know if that's possible.