- Assemble crew and gather footage / interviews on location.
- Review footage, write script, and choose relevant material for the next day's edit.
- Have no idea how I was going to direct the edit.
- Put everything out of my mind, go home, sleep.
- Wake up the next morning and know exactly what I was going to do for the edit.
- Walk into the edit suite with a large cup of coffee a bust out a great package in 6 hours.
My thesis has turned into one hell of a bear to wrassle with. It's an exercise in creative writing and pegging down a multi-threaded narrative. I have direction or at least I'm pretty sure I know where I'm going with it. But the actual act of sitting down and writing is proving to be far more difficult than I had originally anticipated.
At first I thought it was a case of working some creaky old muscles I haven't worked in year. And even through I think the writing is coming along (or a least improving incrementally) it's the act of just sitting down and engaging in a session that's just not getting any easier.
15 years I was younger and had fewer personal responsibilities. I look back on it now and can't fathom how much free time I had. And I think that's the crux of my issue. I need moments of quiet reflection to get my head in the space to process what I need to do and put me in a position to execute. These days I have precious little time. I have my job which demands the lion's share of the attention day to day. I have kids. I have adult responsibilities with adult worries.
Occasionally I get a burst of inspiration and if I'm able I rush over to the nearest computer and can get a fair amount of work done. Most of the time, though, it's like pulling teeth. So what's the solution here? I need to get this done. I'm making progress, but not as much as I would like. And it's honestly not a good as I'd like it to be. Still, IT HAS TO GET DONE.
I suppose I need to make peace with the process and use whatever creative juices dribble out. And when there's nothing there, just solider on and do the best I can.