Posts tagged ‘screenwriting habits’

July 6, 2011

Finding Your Screenwriting Process

Everyone has different writing habits. For me, the hardest part is getting myself to start writing — usually if I can get a sentence down, I can write ten pages. The trick is finding the will power to write that first sentence. Here’s an article from ScreenwritingU to help you master your creative process:

Part of being a great screenwriter is finding your   optimal creative process — the set of rituals that will have your  creativity  blossom and your life be happy at the same time.

Can you imagine that?

As you write each screenplay, you can start identifying  what works    for you and what doesn’t.   Many times, just recognizing a negative         pattern will change it or recognizing a positive pattern  will assist you to make it a habit.

Over the years, I’ve noticed a specific pattern that disables a writer’s creative process and often causes “writer’s block.”

See if this feels familiar.

A writer will torture themselves on a first  draft,  rewriting lines over and over again, trying to make sure it is  perfect — but much of that perfection is on the surface; the words.   They’ll spend three or four drafts editing the script to get that “perfect feel.”   But often, the script has problems with structure or plot holes or main characters that need work.  By the sixth draft (or 10th or whatever), they tire  of the process, do a polish and  send the script into a contest or producer —  knowing there are problems.

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