I spent most of the weekend taking the note cards from the big board and putting them into my outline files. It felt good to set stuff up, and I found myself tinkering with the files almost immediately. But how did I know it was time to move from the cards to a regular outline?
I didn’t know when I’d be ready. I’d just sit in front of my board each night reading it over and over. Taking a card down and changing it slightly and putting it back up. Occasionally I’d combine two and open up a space for a new beat. Other times I’d split one beat out into two.
After a while I noticed that I was adding in small details. Micro level stuff. Scene details. Character details. It stopped being high level. And that’s when I knew. I had more to get out than a belonged on a note card.
So now I’ve got my files and I’m ready to take another step toward writing my next script. And I can’t wait…