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 your screenplay? Toss your doubts aside, and do it!  Take overthinking out of the process, and make your writing a reality. Boost your productivity by using the tactics below combined with the Idea Generator: A Screenwriting Starter Kit. The full 8-page workbook helps you set aside time to write, create a course of action, and choose an idea for your script. Create a custom plan of attack.

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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. 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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