Maintaining Productiveness


Yesterday I took part in my first Twitter Mixer. A group of screenwriters got together online to chat about their current projects, future endeavors, and past accomplishments. It was quite refreshing being able to join in on a forum with fellow writers, I was even able to chat with someone who beat me out in a writing competition last year.

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway

Today I’m in and out of a full day Screenwriting Summit through ScreenCraft with an amazing cast of speakers including Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), Alan Yang (Master of None), Stephany Folsom (Toy Story 4), Tony Gilroy (Star Wars: Rogue One), and many more. Luckily I’ll receive the recorded videos so I can check back in on the videos I might miss today.

I was able to launch two of the first designs of the rebooted West+Away through both Storenvy and our main website. A third design will be coming shortly, which is also a reboot of the previous designs Amanda and I created.

One of the main things that keeps my attention at full focus on whatever I’m working on is the music playlist I have setup. I typically go a few weeks playing the same ten songs repeatedly, it feels like playing the same songs over and over tricks my brain into thinking not much time has passed and makes the time go by much quicker. May of last year I had a playlist of six songs that I had on repeat while working on the final draft of my space comedy “Saving Barbra“; I expected to get a solid 4 hours or so working on it, but when I checked the time it was close to 6am and I had finished it in 12 hours of non-stop writing.

My current playlist (on shuffle) while wrapping up the West+Away project and while getting into the final draft of my camping horror film “In Tents” is as follows:

  1. Basket – Dan Mangan
  2. Peaks & Valleys – Dan Mangan
  3. Robots – Dan Mangan
  4. The Water’s Edge – The Classic Crime
  5. The Outside – The Classic Crime
  6. I Don’t Want To Be Here Either – John Floreani
  7. Andrew’s Song – I The Mighty
  8. Kansas City – The New Basement Tapes
  9. I Know A Place – MUNA

When writing I create a different playlist per project to help set the background tone for what I’m writing. I’ll get into that more later when I dive into specific projects to write about.

For the hell of it you can view the song below that I wrote and sang for Amanda for our first Valentine’s Day together.

To keep sane, Mandy and I have been playing Quiplash and Fibbage from JackBox online and have streamed through Twitch. Follow us to hop in a game with us sometime.

Be safe.