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Tell No Lies − 1st Draft

1st Draft

Just yesterday, I had finally completed the first draft script of a new book I’m putting together. I’ve never printed out my scripts before, and was excited to see how it would look on paper. Came out to about 91 pages in total. That’s about standard for a script, I believe. There is an artist attached to this since last January and work starts on the project in October. I’m afraid however, that nothing more will be aired until the first quarter of 2010.

I’d been talked into publishing it online while we shop it around. I normally shy away from putting full projects on the web, but the Pro’s outweighed the Con’s in this particular case. I’ve considered doing this using episodes, similar to Freakangels, primarily because this is not a webcomic and a page-a-day release just doesn’t pack enough punch, in my opinion, nor do the flow of the story justice. I do like this new episodic trend and hope more people pick it up!

Faye ran through half of the script last night proofing it for me and as I occasionally glanced over her shoulder, I realised some of the earlier dialogue may need tweaking. It never ends! The last scene was rewritten about 5 times in my head, then 3 times on paper. I found myself stuck at one point going forward because the moment I was on just read horribly wrong.

I had to take it in steps and literally reverse engineer the scene, almost like looking for bugs in programming code, until I found the dialogue that started the downward spiral in the first place. Once I made the cut from that point on, I was able to rewrite the scene and finish it.

It always feels really strange reaching the end of scripting out a story. It’s hard to explain. Really, it’s merely the beginning of the project, but to hold the full story in my hands, when just a mere 10 months ago it was all notes and pieces of dialogue inside my head, gives me a sense of pride. For now, this is the first goal on a long ‘to-do’ list. I’ll enjoy this moment while it lasts.

2 responses to “1st Draft”

  1. #1. Kate on September 5th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Exciting!! :D Congrats on finihsing and printing it out… dude, how did you get those staples through that huge pile of paper?! hehe~

  2. #2. Fehed on September 5th, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Thanks, I’m really looking forward to the illustration stage of this. We have an industrial stapler at work XD Each staple is about 1 inch long!


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