Common beginner problem: A fear of outlining, even at the rewrite stage.

My platonic ideal of developing a screenplay: This December, I taught an online class about outlining. I broke development into 6 phases. Express an idea as a logline. Expand logline as a one page precis that delineates act breaks. Break the one page in a series of 30-50 distinct beats, 7 words per beat. FleshContinue reading “Common beginner problem: A fear of outlining, even at the rewrite stage.”

Q: When is the most popular day to start a screenplay? A: Tomorrow?

INT. SIMPSON HOUSE — NIGHT Homer and Marge have been having marital troubles, a long dry spell.  Marge is unhappy about this for some reason. MARGE: Homer… We need to talk about the martial difficulties we’ve been having lately. HOMER: Marge, there’s just too much pressure, with my job, the kids, traffic, political strife at home andContinue reading “Q: When is the most popular day to start a screenplay? A: Tomorrow?”

Malcolm Gladwell explains why outlining, writing and rewriting is so hard.

“[It’s]a question I’m obsessed with: Why don’t people work hard when it’s in their best interest to do so? The (short) answer is that it’s really risky to work hard, because then if you fail you can no longer say that you failed because you didn’t work hard. It’s a form of self-protection… Most ofContinue reading “Malcolm Gladwell explains why outlining, writing and rewriting is so hard.”

Procrastination is the grave opportunity is buried in.

“We shall never have more time. We have, and have always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until to-morrow. Keep going day in and out. Concentrate on something useful. Having decided to achieve a task, achieve it at all costs. ~ Arnold Bennett” IContinue reading “Procrastination is the grave opportunity is buried in.”

How perfectionism compounds procrastination.

“The perfect is the enemy of the good.” ~ Voltaire I haven’t blogged in a while.  At first, it was a simple lapse in discipline (not writing is super easy and amazingly fun), but then I started feeling guilty, and then and shame compounded my non-writery.  Then, worst of all, I started getting lofty.  AsContinue reading “How perfectionism compounds procrastination.”