Posts tagged ‘write every day’

September 12, 2013

Challenge Yourself to Write Every Day with the Fall Goalpost

Fall-Goalpost-Slider1-590x343The BlueCat Screenplay Competition is putting on a little challenge for screenwriters: write at least three pages a day for thirty days, starting on Monday, September 16. If you follow through with the challenge, by the end of thirty days you should have the rough draft of your next script in hand.

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September 12, 2013

Quote of the Day: Robert McKee

Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully but write boldly. Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the world.

March 13, 2012

How to Be a Writer: Do it Every Day

No, I’m not talking about sex. Though if you’re lucky enough to be getting that much sex, it probably won’t hurt your creative expression.

But no, I’m talking about writing — you have to write every day. Billy Mernit recently posted an article on this all important habit of professional writers. I’ll admit it’s not a habit I’ve acquired just yet, but I’m working toward it.

Mernit starts his article with a Woody Allen quote: “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” He continues:

How to become a writer?  Someone who not only starts projects but finishes them?  Someone who’s always learning the craft and getting better at it?  A for-real, do-it-for-a-living, legitimately call-yourself-a-writer?

The answer’s so obvious, so hiding in plain sight, that I feel silly going on about it, so I’ll try to make this brief.  I can give you the whole thing in four words:

Do it every day.

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September 27, 2011

Quote of the Day: Wesley Strick

I have two tricks. One is that I write every day, regardless of whether I want to or not because as I just said, in a way I never want to write. It’s not even an issue. I just write four pages a day when I’m working. I have a quota. A sub-set of that system is that I am a firm believer that bad ideas lead to good ones. When I am not inspired and I don’t know the solution I will just type out the most banal solution and know that at least it’s on the page and it gets me to the next story beat.

September 19, 2011

Quote of the Day: Robert McKee

Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully but write boldly. Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the world.