Things are crazy.
We’re all stuck inside trying to flatten the curve and feeling anxious. On the other hand, how many times have you wished you could take a break from real life and devote yourself to writing? Your wish has been granted.
The Pandemic Pilot Program is a step-be-step guide to writing an hour long pilot in 14 days. You can download the PDF by clicking on the image below.
The plan breaks down the process of writing a pilot into seventy 45-minute writing “sprints” and tells you what to focus on for each of them. You can choose how many sprints to do each day. Sprints 1-30 are spent developing characters and story and getting to a rough outline. Sprints 31-70 guide you through the process of writing the first draft.
There’s lots of writing advice integrated into the document but not so much reading as to distract you from your actual job: writing.
It’s not an age old system for writing pilots because I only just made it up. Still, I think it will help you make these days of social isolation productive and maybe a little happier. I’d love to hear your feedback if you’re using it. It’s so fresh that there are probably plenty of typos and other kinds of mistakes. Let me know about those too.
When I started developing this program (March 13, 2020), I imagined that a few people might be quarantined for 2 weeks and this could help them use their time in isolation. Now it seems like a whole lot of us will be stuck at home for even longer, which is why I eliminated the pressure of completing the pilot in 14 days in the v2 draft. Now you can choose how many sprints make sense for you.
I considered offering this for sale, because like everyone else, I’m feeling financial anxiety. Then I decided to give it away because… everyone’s feeling financial anxiety.
Finally, I am considering will be running some Pandemic Pilot Workshops in the next little while. If you’re interested, submit your email address below I will send you the details.
You can also register for the April 22 master class here, right now!
Stay healthy. Stay safe. Keep Writing.
By the way, digital strategist Annelise Larson and I have a new podcast. It’s called Story + Audience and it’s about creating stories that connect deeply with audiences. Subscribe on your favourite podcasting platform.