Five reasons a voice recorder is a screenwriter’s best friend

Record ideas as soon as you have them. We think we won’t forget, but the truth is we do. If you have your ideas recorded somewhere, your brain will give you more… if you never do anything with the ideas you have, eventually you stop having them. It’s important to record your ideas as soon asContinue reading “Five reasons a voice recorder is a screenwriter’s best friend”

Question: How can I pick up on a project I’ve been away from?

QUESTION: I started on a short script yesterday with a idea I was really excited about, I did a quick treatment first to plan things out and then I started into the first page or two before heading to bed. I came back to it today and just didn’t have the same rhythm of thoughtContinue reading “Question: How can I pick up on a project I’ve been away from?”

It’s easier to write every day if you get organized first.

People say that the secret to screenwriting is to “just write.” It’s sound advice, but it’s also convenient advice. It’s right up there with “just be yourself,” “have fun with it,” and “go with your gut,” advice that’s got a grain of truth in it, but that’s also frequently used by lazy people who don’tContinue reading “It’s easier to write every day if you get organized first.”

Write whenever you can (written in ten minutes)

“We often overestimate what we can accomplish in a day and underestimate what we can accomplish in ten minutes.” – Bill Gates (paraphrased) I had to write a blog, but I didn’t want to. So I set a timer for 10 minutes and I started typing. This is what I got (I spent an extraContinue reading “Write whenever you can (written in ten minutes)”

3 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

It happens to all of us.  We get stuck, and then we can’t move forward.  Here are some tricks you can use when you don’t want to write anything. 1.  Use a timer. Using a timer focuses the mind.  It’s better to have ten minutes of solid focus than a hazy weekend where you occasionallyContinue reading “3 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block”

Best practices for getting started, organized, and through your first draft.

1. Always have a pen and paper (or a voice recorder, or a smartphone with a good battery).  A pen and paper is best, as it’s living testament to your desire to capture ideas as opposed to just having a cell phone.  Productivity nerds call this ubiquitous capture.  The thinking is that your brain won’tContinue reading “Best practices for getting started, organized, and through your first draft.”

Tasks, Resistance, Pick Up Sticks, Prerequisites.

Many of the tasks we do actually require prerequisite tasks (or, to make that a little more street, and you gotta do thing one before you do thing two, cabron). I was talking to a client about her process, and we talked about the importance of her desk being clean (thematic upshot, your desk is aContinue reading “Tasks, Resistance, Pick Up Sticks, Prerequisites.”

How to beat writer’s block

AUTHOR’S NOTE ADDED 9/5/13 – This is one of the first blogs I wrote.  I didn’t really know what I was doing, and it embarrasses me.  I rewrote the article here, but I thought I would leave the old draft up for posterity. I don’t want to write this blog.  I actually never feel likeContinue reading “How to beat writer’s block”

Record your ideas as soon as you have them.

I’m writing this blog from the driver’s seat of my car Okay,  I’m actually recording a sentence of it every time I hit a stop light.  I use an Sony ICD-PX333. The typing up comes later (or, if you’re really lazy, you can plug it into Dragon Naturally Speaking and it’ll transcribe your words for you. IContinue reading “Record your ideas as soon as you have them.”