It’s late at night. You’re not hearing voices, per se, but there’s an intense battle between your inner critic and your ego. One voice rips apart a recent writing endeavor, while the other scuttles about, trying to paste the flesh of a good idea back onto its carcass. Are you crazy? I’m not ruling it out, but I get what’s going on; I do it too. So, let’s all take a breather and turn the internal commentary down.

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Ready to write a screenplay? Toss your doubts aside, and do it! Use your free Screenwriting Starter Kit to create a custom plan of attack. The full 8-page workbook helps you set aside time to write, create a course of action, and choose an idea for your script. Take overthinking out of the process, and make your writing a reality. Buddy up with a friend if you need a little extra incentive or tackle it on your own.

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Script registration is all about protecting your work. Do people run around rampantly stealing each other’s screenplays? Probably not. Has it been known to happen? Yes. What can you do to protect yourself in case this happens? You can register your script with the WGA and/or the U.S. Copyright Office, which is a department of the Library of Congress. Let’s further investigate what it means to register your script:

  • You can use WGA script registration as dated proof that you wrote your screenplay.

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Overthinking your screenplay is another form of procrastination. I’ve done this. I still do this. I’m doing it right now. We all have our methods, our madness. Maybe you’ve been stewing over the same idea for a decade. Maybe you’re convinced that you need to read at least a dozen screenwriting books before you begin. Maybe you started, got stuck, took a break and never returned…

HERE ARE 9 SIGNS YOU’RE OVERTHINKING YOUR SCREENPLAY:

  1. You consider yourself to be an aspiring screenwriter but haven’t written anything.

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What if you sat down right now and wrote one page? Just one page of your screenplay. How long do you think it would take? I bet you can do it in ten minutes. Maybe even five. I bet you could do it right before you go to bed, in between microwaving your dinner, right after getting home from work, while your S.O. is choosing what to watch on Netflix… I bet you can do it right now instead of reading this.

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