Procrastination happens for a reason – not just for its own sake. You didn’t accidentally spend all day on Facebook. Netflix hasn’t lured you into the depths of a marathon under false pretenses. Your screenplay isn’t asking you to take a break because it needs space. The three reasons you haven’t finished your script should be enough incentive to make you go write.
Fear causes immobilization. Writer’s block generally comes from a place of doubt, uncertainty, or confusion. What scene should come next? Is this script idea any good? Do I completely suck at all the things?
I understand first hand. We don’t want to botch something important to us, especially a screenplay that’s taken months. Months that you don’t get back. But nothing is perfect right off the bat. Your screenplay won’t be.
A lot of writers fear what other people will say about their script. Rejection from your friends, family, other writers, agencies, producers, you name it… it hurts. It will happen, and there is nothing you can do about it.
But your writing isn’t about other people. This is about you doing something you love and respecting your goals and ambition enough to follow through on something that’s important to you.
Finish your script. Even if it’s not great, it’s finished. That’s step number one. First drafts are not final drafts. Revisions mold it into the image inside your head. It’s an essential skill and a career skill.
Instead of worrying about the right choice, make a choice. You build confidence through action. Complete what you’ve started. If you haven’t started, start. It’s the only way to make it through.
It’s not that you should take action without thinking, but ask yourself if you’re overthinking.
Ever feel like you don’t have time to get everything done? Work, relationships, exercise, responsibilities… all the things?
I’ve totally asked myself these questions before: How can I fit in the time to write my script on top of my already busy schedule? How can writing be a priority when I have to make a living and take care of XYZ?
It takes time to craft a story, outline, write it, and revise it.
Discipline, patience, humility, and kindness to yourself will go a long way.
Make writing a part of your routine. Balance is essential. You never get more time in the day. You make time for the things that are important to you.
If you’re a writer, you know that having a creative outlet is essential. Without writing in your life, you get a little crazy. Writing reenergizes your creative muscles once you get going.
Make a mental trick of looking forward to it. Rather than dreading showing up to the page because of fear (see above), get excited to write your script.
Find yourself putting it off? Saying, “I’ll do it tomorrow?” Feeling too busy, but finding time to do other random things?
When I have too many things to do and am not organized, I have a tendency to do none of the things. My brain’s like, “nah.” In the midst of this kind of treachery, I create lists to evaluate my priorities.
Writing is often a top priority.
Time management helps you build balance. Keeping a clear list or calendar of what you need to get done will take some stress out of juggling your responsibilities to yourself and to other people.
Give yourself time to write. It doesn’t have to be hours. You can set aside 30 minutes a day if you like. Four hours a weekend. Every Tuesday from 4 PM to 6 PM. You set your office hours.
Finishing your script starts with writing. Stay accountable to a schedule of your choosing.
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