Step 3: Mess It Up

I have a story pretty well outlined in my head. I know the broad-strokes of what I want to happen and vaguely what justifies it. At the end of the day, story matters, especially when you’re forcing people to dedicate so much time into reading it. That’s why my current dilemma is a bit interesting. I have 16 pages left to reach my goal of 60, which is industry standard for an hour of uninterrupted television. I also have 5 crucial plot points to hit before I do so and couple of key scenes. I have the funeral, the trio leaving, Abe and Tully need to argue about whether or not they leave or stay and need to remind audiences of a few other tidbits, for example that Ellie’s Dad’s cousin is coming to get her. I’ve over written and put myself into a bit of a corner and what I produce for PB4 I want to hit industry standard. I do not want to go over 60 pages. This is not a bad problem, don’t get me wrong I was worried I wouldn’t have enough content to cover 40, now I have enough to push over 80. Fear not dear reader, I will not force you to endure that many pages of my BS.

However, now I am stuck with the issues of rushing my final pages, something I really don’t want to do, but I know I will. I don’t necessarily mind this because at this stage, after I am happy with the draft and consider it completed. I’ll be able to look it over and see where fat needs to be trimmed and what scenes need to be made longer.

Overall, this is a good problem to have and I am keen to see what creative choices it forces me into (I suspect working out ways to give information and resolve plot points within one scene, simply combining things).

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