|My writing space, sans paper piles and good chair|
I did finish the research to my satisfaction during the first several months of this year. Truly, what God has shown me is fascinating stuff! I cannot wait to share it with the world! It all has a direct impact on the creative choices I've made in this screenplay. There will be many questions as to timeline, how old Jesus actually was when the Magi found Him, why Mary and Joseph were alone in Bethlehem, why they traveled for the census so close to Jesus' birth... In fact, I now know I am going to have to write a book to answer all of those questions.
Want to know the Super Cool God Thing about writing a book about this? I'm going to have to include the research I did for Who Does He Think He Is? It ties directly into this entire project. Only God could have orchestrated that. I honestly thought that when I started working on Wise Men that WDHTHI? would be a completely separate thing. Shows what I know!
Once I finished the research it was time for planting season (my husband is a farmer) and then it was summer. I took the summer off from everything except my weekly post at Daily Fast Fuel. Good choice, I believe. I managed to stay sane and not stress about the work I wasn't doing. I was pouring myself into my fellas. But once school was back in session I got to work on the actual writing of the screenplay.
I had hoped to have a finished script by the end of the year. Then I hoped to just be done with the first draft by the end of the year. I am probably 2/3 - 3/4 of the way done, and I am pretty happy with that. I took December off to focus on Christmas and the boys, but now that it's January, I'm back at it!
Thanks to my friend Lewis Chaney, I am using Celtx software to write. Thanks to YouTube tutorials by expertvillage (Celtx seems to think it doesn't need any), I am actually making it work!
AND I FINALLY have discovered how to use my time most efficiently...for me and my personality and schedule and life. Some people write first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Some write 8 hours a day. Some write in nature, or a coffee shop, or at home. I've discovered that what works best for me is to write at home, first thing in the afternoon until the boys get home from school. This way I have the mornings to accomplish life stuff so I don't feel like my entire To Do List is hanging over my head. I find it very hard to concentrate when that feeling that I should be accomplishing other things won't leave me alone. This way I can tell that feeling to bug off, I DID accomplish something, and now I am accomplishing other things.
Really, my brain (and neck) will only really focus on writing for about two hours anyway, so this works perfectly. Then the boys get home and it's homework, their activities, supper and family time. I've quit trying to find large blocks of time to write--it just ain't happenin'. I'm better with that time crunch interspersed through the week. HOPEFULLY that means that the rest of the first draft, and all subsequent drafts, will be quicker.
It's been fun to see all the pieces coming together, and how God gives me exactly what I need when I need it--be it character insights, plot devices, music, or an interesting way to explain something. I can't wait to finish it and show it to you!