The most satisfying phrase a writer can type is “The End.” I did that yesterday after completing the first draft of my next feature film, yet to be titled.
“The End” is not satisfying because the writing is over, in fact, many would argue that is when the real writing begins: “Writing is re-writing.” Rather, typing “The End” signifies an immense accomplishment. It signifies perseverance. It signifies integrity.
I spent about four months developing my characters, settings and plot, culminating in a highly detailed outline. As a result, I completed my first draft in less than three weeks, typing about 10 pages a day, totally 136 pages.
The only way I did this was to put my nose to the grindstone while writing and never looking back. I did not reread previously written scenes nor did I go back and edit. I just kept on writing, trusting my outline and instinct, which resulted in the most satisfying feeling, “The End”!
The film is a portrait of love between a lone farmhand and a devout caregiver, set on an Indiana farm at the end of summer. As is often the case with my films, there isn’t much story, nor is there much conflict; however, I like to believe there is a lot of life, the life that takes place in-between the action we commonly see in love films.
So “The End” is just the beginning for me and I am immensely excited to share more with you as this film unfolds!!!