Writers block is coming…and so is more work
It’s coming the dreaded writers block. It’s always there, lurking in the background….waiting. There’s also another villain that no one speaks about. It creeps around in the shadows slowly piling up until you’re so overwhelmed that you will scream. That villain is, too many projects. How dare you sir?! You can never have too much work. Well you can, but let’s look at some ways we can get through them.
One of the frustrations I hear from writers is that they would get mid script then be flooded by the muses with wonderful new and fresh ideas for different screenplays. I thought what a wonderful problem to have. But I can see how that would be so difficult. As I have had the same issue as well. That’s why I recommended always having a journal with you to jot down those ideas. It will silence the mind and satiate those muses. Personally I use a yellow legal pad as I find them very satisfying to write in. But some use their iphones or laptops. What ever suits your style will do. But make sure they are available at all times! You don’t want to get caught empty handed when you have a sudden burst of inspiration. I have legal pads all over. In my car, at work, heck, they can be found in almost every room in my home.
So we quiet down our brains but we still have trouble focusing. What now? Well I hate to say it, but you just have to push through. The key is discipline. Set an amount of time for you to write per day, and commit to it. During that time there is nothing else for you to do. No chores, no televisions, video games or cat videos. Nothing. Just writing. The story won’t get written if you don’t make the time to write it. I myself set about 4 hours a day to write. I tend to go over that because I become lost in the story. With time and experience that will happen to every writer that is passionate about writing.
So we’ve set the time and sit in front of our computer but nothing happens. My god?! (Cue eerie 50’s scifi music) we’ve been attacked by writers block from another dimension. We’re doomed! It’s the end! That wonderful inspiration is gone. Have I offended the muses? Do they need a blood sacrifice? No. Just relax. This is normal. It’s part of the process. All you need to do is write through it. Just type something, anything. Do your scene headers. Throw some dialogue onto the page. Anything will do. I call it place holder dialogue. ( just coined that btw’s) Because I know that dialogue is probably going to receive the wrath of my backspace bar the next day and be replaced with something genius. But at the moment it will do. You see, we have to get the bad writing out of the way for the good writing to come out. I’ve deleted entire scenes, even entire acts before just to coerce the good stuff onto the page. But inspiration will hit and the good if not great writing will appear again. I promise you.
Alright, we are writing and have to tackle multiple projects. What do we do? Well, I would recommend writing one script at a time but develop other scripts at different stages. So work on an outline for one project while writing a synopsis/treatment for another and writing a script for a third. That’s what I would suggest. However, some writers can just switch gears between scripts willy nilly and not miss a beat. So if you can do that then more power to you. It’s worth a try to see if you can. I would exercise caution though. There is a chance that the dialogue and characters between your scripts blend and sound the same. This can make your work appear shotty and inconsistent. So be warned. As always these are just my ramblings but I hope this stuff helps. Keep on writing!
Till next time,