I need to take a break from working on my screenplay and listen to music for a while, after having been working on my screenplay all day long . It’s looking good so far. I’m really happy with it. I try to write 20 more pages tonight. Then, I will have completed the first half of Act 2. I have been drinking lots of coffee all day. So I think, I may be able to produce 20 more pages tonight. If not I will just try to write as much as I can tonight. I don’t have to stand up early tomorrow morning. So I can go to bed as late as I want to.
Now the time is only about 10:30pm. I think, I can go to bed around 1am if I decide to write 20 more pages. That’s about 2.5 hours to write. I don’t know if it’s enough to write 20 pages? Anyway, I will try. The most tricky part is Act 2: How do you keep the entertainment alive throughout Act 2? I’m not worried about Act 3 that much because I already have the answer for Act 3 or have already written Act 3 – just roughly. But Act 2 is the longest part and the most difficult one. So, I have to focus more on it and make it as gripping as much as I can.
I have already made an outline for the whole screenplay. But still, I have to really come up with some exciting scenes that keep the readers turning pages throughout the script, especially Act 2. Otherwise, it will be a boring screenplay. And then when I send it out it may be used as a doorstop instead. Or even worse, it may be chucked in a bin after just the first page. Or even just after the first paragraph. So I really pour my heart & soul in Act 2, to create a harmony for the whole script.
Have you ever read a book or seen a film that seems exciting in the beginning, but then toward the middle of it your interest in continuing with it disappears? So, I try to avoid that. I want it to be captivating throughout. Some of the books that I couldn’t put them down till I finished reading them were The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (I have only read it in Danish or Swedish. I have never read it in English), Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Girl on The Train, for instance. So I try to achieve that, which would be excellent if I could do the same with my screenplay.
When I get up in the morning the first thing I do is to make a cup of coffee. When I have my coffee I feel so awake. I don’t need breakfast for now. Just the coffee. Then about an hour or two later, I will have my early meal. I feel like going out for a walk. Maybe I will walk to Wimbledon Village, which takes me about 15-20 minutes. But I will try to make a progress with my screenplay as much as I can today. So, every minute matters. I therefore must stay home and try to get my screenplay done as much as possible.
If I could not finish my script today but maybe I could at least manage to finish Act 2 that would be good. I have already made an outline to page 115 or something. So, the whole screenplay is already complete just in a draft form. Now, I will only have to add more details in each scene, which makes my writing job more easy. Because, now I know precisely where I am going. I think, it’s going to be a very good screenplay. I can just feel it.
Writing something from a true story that I know very well offers many advantages, because this feature-length drama screenplay I’m working on now is based on a true story, such as it makes me write my script faster without thinking much because I know the story inside out, there is a personal attachment to it which makes the script more personal and unique. And I want the readers and audiences to sense that.
Now I will continue to work on my script right away.
I woke up around 3am or 3:30am already today. But I also went to sleep early. I think, it was around 9pm I went to bed. So I think, I had slept enough. It’s getting colder and colder. But it looks sunny outside now. I make a traditional full English breakfast for myself today. I have been eating this type of breakfast for the past few weeks. Now, I’m also having it again this weekend. I can’t come up with a new variation of breakfast at the moment. So I just continue to eat what I normally eat. But also because I don’t eat much lunch and dinner. So I eat more for early meal instead, which balances my nutrition for the whole day anyway.
I try to finish my screenplay this weekend. So, I may not attend dancing class for today and martial arts class for tomorrow. I really want to finalize Act 2 today. And I will aim to complete the whole screenplay this weekend. That’s the idea. That’s why I will not go anywhere this weekend. Bringing my script to the end is my top priority at this moment. All other things can wait. Becoming a screenwriter is my alternative career as well. So, I have to take it seriously. And this screenplay I’m working on now will prove that if I can write a good script or not. So, I’m working hard to achieve that.
But I have also promised the others at the writing class that I will bring more of my screenplay to the class next time, so that they can read more of it and give me a new feedback. And I, actually, want further comments for the rest of my screenplay because it helps me improve my writing. Therefore, I work hard at the moment to accomplish my script as soon as possible since I have something to look forward to: New, constructive reactions. It certainly helps when there is a motivation that makes you want to push yourself toward your goal as fast as you can.
I decided to attend a martial art class anyway yesterday, which was rather tough since it was for 3 hours from 18:30-21:30. But I learned some useful, unarmed fighting techniques. So, it was worthwhile. I will stick to attending the class on Sundays, unless I have something to do on some Sundays that I can’t attend the class. I also have to practise. It’s not going to do me any good if I go to dancing and martial art classes, but I will not train at home as well. All that time I spend going there will be a waste, except that I get to exercise. So, I have to start practising as well.
By the way, we also got to meet a stuntman from Jackie Chan’s stunt team which we could ask him anything. So, it was totally awesome to actually come face to face with the person who is really experienced in doing stunts for a well-known martial arts actor.
Below is a clip of me doing an unarmed fight scene:
I went to contemporary dancing class again yesterday. Now my body feels amazing. I don’t remember the steps that much because I don’t really practise at home. So today, I will try to practise a little bit. Then, I will continue to attend the class once a week. So I better can remember the choreography and get used to the routine. I may attend jazz dance as well. So, two days dancing once a week: Contemporary & Jazz dances. Then also yoga and martial art classes once a week. Then I’m good. I can feel when I keep exercising regularly my body becomes more robust and lithe. After the dancing class, it feels like I am dancing every time I move my body to do something, even making coffee, walking around in my studio flat. I don’t feel easily tired as I was used to. Another reason that makes me keep working out is that I want a more toned body besides learning new skills. That’s one of my goals this year.
I feel like attending a martial art class as well today. But, I also want to finish my screenplay as soon as possible. Now that I know what it needs to improve. The sooner I am done with my script the better, so that I can move on. But exercise is also very vital. But I had already been to dancing class yesterday. So, it should be okay. Well, I am not so sure. I may attend martial art class anyway later on today.
It was very useful attending both writing and acting classes yesterday. I learned a lot. I think. Attending acting class also makes me write my screenplay better. When I know what actors want to achieve in a given scene, what and how they do physically or psychologically to achieve that, and all of many other things that actors do and react to the other characters, I can then aim to write my script the way that actors would best understand my vision and what it is I want them to create. I just discovered yesterday while I was in the acting class that it was also beneficial to my writing.
After the acting class, I continued to writing class. It wasn’t a real writing class. It’s just a class that writers and actors meet to read the scripts together and give each other some critiques what need to be improved, removed, added, altered, and so on. It was really helpful, indeed. I brought the first 10-page of my screenplay with me, to give out to actors and writers to read out loud. After that they gave me some constructive feedback. It was very valuable. Now I know what I have to remove from my script, what to add, make some adjustment that will make my screenplay a good read and a good script as much as possible. I wouldn’t be able to know all that if no-one reads my script and gives me the fruitful comment.
And when the actors read my script I know what certain characters in my screenplay sound like when they are actually being performed. So, it gives me so much insight in that respect as well. I couldn’t be more happy that I attended the class. It was definitely the right thing to do. I thought my first 10-page was perfect. But after yesterday, I gained more understanding of it that there are some elements that need to be fine-tuned.
I can’t say that much about the plot until the script is done and being made into a movie. But, I can say one thing: It will be a very unique story, cinematic, maybe a bit controversial, and similar. It’s a very bold screenplay which is a risk I take, but for a good reason. My goal is to bring something new into British film industry. Something no-one, perhaps, has never done before.
Below is just a short scene from my script:
I haven’t done much today. I just spend the day chilling out and catching up on paperwork a little bit. I will spend the weekend to do more. Today, I just want to relax and watch a good film. But before that, I will go through my Act 1 script one more time because I will bring it with me to give some people to read tomorrow, so that they can give me some feedback. Especially the first 10 pages, it has to be very exciting to hook the readers. So I will re-read it myself tonight and make some adjustment, then print it out and bring it with me tomorrow.
I also has to attend acting class tomorrow. I already booked the workshop. I look forward to it. I have been busy lately. So I haven’t had time to attend acting classes that often. But from now on, I will try to improve my skills in acting as much as I can. Because, this is what I wanted to be: An actress. I also wanted to be a writer. So I practise my writing skill daily as well and find some people to read my screenplay, most of them are actors and writers who read my script.
I don’t want to cook today. I will order a pizza instead. Then by the time the pizza arrives, I will have finished revising Act 1 of my script and ready to relax and watch a good film and eat pizza.
My dinner for today was pesto & goats’ cheese tortellini with salmon. It’s yummy! I have been eating spicy Asian food almost every day, so I need something different for a change. No chilli. It’s chilli-free today. I just forgot to buy spinach and lemon. Well, just pasta and salmon is okay. I don’t eat much anyway. For my well-being and a more healthy body, I try not to eat too much before I go to bed. And I try to eat before 8pm. And that’s what I just did today. It just feels good when you take good care of yourself and your body.
Now that I’m done with the dinner, I will watch some movies, take a shower, work a little bit more on my script, and then go to bed.
I am lucky because where I live is quite quiet and peaceful with lots of trees. And the park is just right across the street. So, it’s a very idyllic place to write, or for a writer to live. And Wimbledon Village is just about 20 – 30 minutes walk away from where I live. But I rarely go to Wimbledon Village. But sometimes I do walk to Wimbledon Common, which is next to Wimbledon Village, to get some exercise and to go sit by the Rushmere Pond watching the birds swooping about above the pond looking for their preys. I do go there a lot in the summer. I just like going to park. It’s just a calm place to relax and enjoy the nature at the same time. I also like the ocean. I wish I lived by the beach. Maybe I will find a place to live by the beach when I get older.
There is Wimbledon Windmill near me as well. Just 10 minutes walk from where I live. I take a walk there once in a while to exercise. But to walk back home again right after would be too quick already, so I sometimes just walk all the way to Wimbledon Common to Rushmere Pond, then back home again. Lots of people around Wimbledon Windmill during summer, some just to take a walk there and enjoy the fresh air & nature, some go there to visit the museum, and some go there to play golf because there’s a golf club next to it as well.
Tonight, I will just continue to work on my screenplay a little bit more. Not too much. Then I will watch some good films before I go to bed.
I went to contemporary dance yesterday. It was tough. But it was amazing. I got to exercise all parts of my body and learn new skill. There are also some techniques in contemporary dance that similar to martial arts’ – which I do go once in a while as well, but I plan to go more often now – so it wasn’t something I wasn’t used to. So I really like it. I will attend contemporary dancing class maybe once or twice a week. I have to persistently continue with the training from now on if I want to master my skills and to be in good form.
Today, I will also go to yoga class. Luckily, there’s a yoga place near my home. So I don’t have to travel that far. But with dancing and martial arts classes, I have to travel far. Not so much the dancing class. It’s just in central London. But the martial arts class is quite far. There are also some martial arts schools near me, but I don’t really like them. But maybe, I should try to go to other places near me as well. I haven’t tried them all, yet. I have only tried a few of them. I just like the one that I always go. So, even it’s a bit too far, it’s okay.
I will also try to go to martial arts once a week, too. I just have to keep working out and perfecting my skills. Otherwise, it’s just a waste of time if I only go when I feel like to. So, every week, I go to dancing class, yoga, and martial arts. And since I don’t like going to the gym this is the best way for me to keep fit, and plus I get to learn new skills. As I get older, workout has become more and more vital because your body is not as strong and healthy as when you’re young. But even for young people, physical activities are also important for them. All in all, it’s just essential for everybody to be in good health and shape – no matter your age.
After the yoga class, I will have to do two self-tape auditions as well. So, I have to find the monologues to use for my auditions and memorise them. Then, after I am done with the self-tape auditions, I will work a little bit more on my screenplay. Maybe for a few hours or so. Just to take a small step towards my goal of finishing my screenplay although I don’t have time to write. Or, I will work a little bit more on my script now before I go to yoga class. I think, I’ll do that.