Creative Calendar, a term created by Writers Boot Camp Founder, Jeffrey Gordon, helps aspiring writers and filmmakers gain perspective to find balance between motivation and lifestyle. Our emphasis on 10 hours per week–while still juggling the responsibilities of a livelihood (read: day job)–is the minimum while writing only part-time to make the incremental transition to the professional entertainment industry over a few years.
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Managing and prioritizing your time turns your weekly schedule into an actual calendar, your personal Creative Calendar. Some people have remarkable fortitude to take advantage of the holidays to be productive, yet the downtime can often foster a less proactive mind-set and can require all of January to get back on track, as the industry tends to take some weeks to regain momentum. (This year, political events like the Georgia run-offs, the attack on the Capitol and the Presidential Inauguration may have become a preoccupation for some writers and filmmakers stuck at home in front of their television during the ongoing pandemic.) The disruption of the feature film business and the expanding opportunities in streaming television have made business cycles less predictable and that lack of structure can also affect individual productivity.
Regardless of these external business cycles, our Pro Members will write at least 400-500 hours this year on just a part-time basis (10 hours per week) while maintaining active day jobs. That commitment level translates to the equivalent of two fully developed feature film scripts or three TV pilots with bibles, or a greater number of shorter-form projects.
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If you multiply 24 hours per day by seven days a week, there are 168 hours each week. After 50 hours of a typical day job and 50 hours of sleep (for most of us mortals), that leaves less than 70 hours from which to accomplish all of the other chores and wonders of daily life–as well as commit 10 hours toward your writing goals during the transition toward writing as day job.
The Creative Calendar material is relevant for anyone in the entertainment business, whether creative artist, actor, producer, filmmaker or executive, with an emphasis on 10 hours per week on the practice of writing or developing projects. As you know, only through consistent productivity can you scale the learning curve of the creative process and then ultimately lead yourself to career relevance.