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. Are you an aspiring screenwriter,

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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.

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As Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Who are your five people?

As a writer, you don’t want to be the best writer you know. It sounds crazy, but find people who are better than you at what you want to do. If you’re the best writer in your screenwriting group or the best writer in your class or the best writer in your hometown,

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I run into so many people with the urge to write… but they don’t. They don’t do it. Sounds familiar right? You could throw a rock and hit a writer in Los Angeles, but you could throw a rock and hit a handful of wish-I-was-writing writers. Far more common. It’s not that these people aren’t capable, that they don’t have good ideas, or that they don’t want to do it. Most of these people are afraid.

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Working full-time and then going home to write can be murder on your mind. Desk job, manual labor job, mind-numbing job, delivery job… it’s a job. Mentally and/or physically, it can take a lot out of you. The prospect of working hard and then coming home to self-motivate and work harder can be a little overwhelming.

I think a big concern of mine early on was wondering what the “right” job for a writer was.

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Taking yourself seriously as a writer is a rite of passage. You go from uncertainty to asserting yourself. It’s a new attitude that manifests in your actions. Instead of feeling uncomfortable when people ask what you do, you confidently say that you are a writer. Instead of putting off working on your script, you honor your writing routine. Instead of hesitating about having people read your material, you look forward to constructive feedback.

When a writer doesn’t take themselves seriously,

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