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Creativity

Screenwriting in the Time of the Coronavirus

Many of us are working from home during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It’s the safest option right now. Meanwhile, we’re all trying to figure out how to order food from our local restaurants without killing ourselves in the process.
As soon as the food comes from the delivery guy, you've got to handle the bag with gloves, or a paper towel, get the food inside, remove the plates and packaging supplied by the restaurant, and without...


General

Writers; How To Deal With Procrastination

What happens when you procrastinate? You might feel tired, or lost. You might  feel unsure about your writing choices.  You might have doubts  or fears of not being good enough. You might have a fear of being judged.

How do you deal with these fears?

During the first draft you can get away with a “good enough’ version. However, when you write your next few drafts, your script has to get better. The process gets harder the closer...


Alcoholism

You Don’t Have To Be Crazy To Be A Writer

Some of the most famous writers in history have struggled with anxiety and depression. A fair amount of writers struggled with alcoholism.  All of these writers dealt with serious issues. More than one committed suicide.
Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace and Anna Karenina are still considered masterpieces of Russian Literature. Tolstoy wrote a book exploring his own tendency toward depression called A Confession.

As he reached middle age, his depression seemed to worsen. He became overly...


General

How To Stay Calm During A Pitch

Pitching a movie or TV show is one of the most anxiety-provoking experiences a writer will go through.  The people you pitch to are from a different planet.  They are either studio, network or production company executives. They wear suits.  They’re more formal and more formidable than most affable writers and creative type people.
However, the fact that you’re in  their office means they like your writing and would love to hear a...