You Don’t Need a Sabbatical to Write Your Screenplay: Busting 5 Myths that Stand in the Way of Writing Your Script

Guest Post by Michelle Vandepol

I facilitate workshops on writing and publishing for university, non-profit, and community groups. I often hear people express excitement about both their idea’s potential as well as a day off in the future when they have more time and energy to get to their dream project.

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What does the screenwriter in your life really want? Probably a two million dollar script sale. Not in your budget? No worries! I’ve got your back. If you’re looking for more than a Starbucks gift card (which I’m not opposed to in the least), mix it up by checking out these gifts for screenwriters. Covering a wide range of writerly needs, we’ll go over everything from planners, pens, and journals to the best software, subscriptions,

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Need a new idea? Trying to figure out what to write next? Take a breather and let someone else give you a little motivation. Prompts tend to be ideal for writing exercises and can even help you come up with a new idea for your next script. These screenwriting prompt resources are solid starting points.

Take a line of dialogue, a character description, a scenario, or a concept from a prompt and put your own personal spin on it.

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When writers dream, they go big or go home. And that’s fantastic! Ambition and persistence go a long way towards making a career work. Taking that dream from the intangible to a real responsibility requires action. There are steps in between you thinking up the next best blockbuster and selling the script for millions. So what if you’re in a writing rut? You don’t know what to do or what the next step is? Set realistic,

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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 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
What’s going on

Fear causes immobilization. Writer’s block generally comes from a place of doubt,

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Screenwriting takes talent, perseverance and audacity, but the road to success isn’t paved with gold. In fact, it’s probably not even paved. There are all sorts of bumps on the way – writer’s block, rejection, mistakes and mishaps. Take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. These famous screenwriters have been there and done that. Heck, they might even be experiencing similar woes right now. But they know the lay of the land and how to push through to create amazing material.

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