Quiet on the set.

February 6, 2010


Sometimes you just can’t think when you’re around a bunch of creative people all the time. Not that it’s always noisy, but it usually is, and not that that’s a bad thing either. Sometimes to get the best “thinking” you need a change of scenery and a new perspective, a new “set”. I call it the “The Triple O”. Or, “Out Of Office” experience. You’ve just got to get the hell out of your own space to get the juices flowing, or to find new influences, etc. Then, more importantly, afterwards share about it.

Today, I needed to write a script so I wanted to take a stab at it to show another writer what I was thinking. It was such a pretty spring day outside.  Where to go, where to go?  I headed to the park for some sun on my bald head and a fresh perspective.

With journal and pencil in hand, I found a spot next to a tree where I could watch people jogging and others eating lunch on picnic tables and a good view of the Parthenon. Given that I was going to write a script for an actor, I wondered if this might be how writers for TV or movies might do it. Anyway, it was how I was going to do it.

After five minutes or so I put my pencil to the first blank page and started writing. 10 minutes later, and a cramping hand, I had filled 5 pages. It just came out of me. And I wanted it to be very casual so I didn’t stop to correct myself and so it just went. It was good enough to go back and typeset it and share with others, I thought.

I couldn’t have been gone but 30 minutes or so. I had wanted to stay a little longer just to read it to myself, but alas, a Creative Director is always needed by someone and my cell was lighting up.

My point? I don’t think I could have done that in my office or a conference room. It was just enough for me to get out of a regular situation and to think differently. I challenge everyone to take action this way. We could all use a little OOO in our work day or lives in general.

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