Warming up, before a long writing day

I like to schedule a 30-minute time slot to warm up before writing. On further reading, this appears to be the practice of many writers and I would highly recommend it. But I still have yet to find that one warm-up I prefer. And let me be clear, I don’t necessarily always WRITE to warm-up.Continue reading “Warming up, before a long writing day”

Succesful writers have one thing in common. And it’s so obvious.

There’s one thing that ALL successful writers do. And they do it a lot. THEY WRITE. I know this is an obvious point. But too many times I come across people who claim to be writers, that don’t actually write. Writers write. That is all. And then again, I come across too many talented “writers”Continue reading “Succesful writers have one thing in common. And it’s so obvious.”

Lincoln to Sherman: Nothing Risked – Nothing Gained

After his tyrannical march to the sea, the capturing and burning of Savannah, Sherman sent a letter to Lincoln, giving him what he called a “Christmas gift”. This was the ultimate gift, as the Civil War would meet its finale some months later, when the Confederate Army would surrender to the Union forces in earlyContinue reading “Lincoln to Sherman: Nothing Risked – Nothing Gained”

If you’re going to start something: Start Monday

I think this is a great practice. Even know, I’m all about saving time and getting the most out of my day, starting Monday is the best idea when you take on a new goal. Whenever I finish a new project. Or perhaps promise myself to start to working out; A new healthy diet. OrContinue reading “If you’re going to start something: Start Monday”

Be patient. Don’t force it. But be adamant in your search.

Something is missing. It’s flat. It’s boring. I have had these feelings on various occasions upon finishing a 1st draft of a script. Even after all that pre-writing and outlining, the story is missing something. Perhaps it’s a bigger plot point, or action or something riveting that really makes the story original. I didn’t noticeContinue reading “Be patient. Don’t force it. But be adamant in your search.”

A messy desk: a clear sign you’ve been working hard

My desk is a complete disaster. This is a good sign. If you spend enough time at your desk and do enough work there, your desk should be a mess. After I’m done writing I have no energy to clean up. A sign, I worked hard that day. I may have energy to clean beforeContinue reading “A messy desk: a clear sign you’ve been working hard”

Send a friend a screenwriting book

I’m not much of person who enjoys writing with others. I honestly don’t know how partners do it. From what I’ve read, writing partnerships only work if you write separately and then send each other drafts for the other to write ALONE. This process continues until you both feel it’s complete. THIS SOUNDS GREAT. IContinue reading “Send a friend a screenwriting book”

You should hate your script after you’re done.

I’m about to finish a script I’ve been working on since last June — I plan on this being my final draft. I CANNOT WAIT to be done. I hate this screenplay with everything I got – the story, the characters, the reasoning, the message. At this point, it downright bores me. Not that it’sContinue reading “You should hate your script after you’re done.”

Making movies reminds me why I write Movies.

There was a time, when I aspired to be a director. But then I read a quote from Francis Ford Coppola — “If you want to direct you must know how to write.” Soon after that, I purchased my first how-to write a screenplay book. We recently wrapped on production of a short film titledContinue reading “Making movies reminds me why I write Movies.”

Change is Good.

Change is good. Change is good. Change is good. Yeah, keep telling yourself that. As writers we need a strict daily routine to get work done. It’s crucial we manage our time, between working, school, kids, family, chores, sleeping, eating. That’s the way things are with me anyway. Sometimes it becomes boring and mundane. IContinue reading “Change is Good.”