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...


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...


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...


Type Of Screenplay Most Likely To Win Awards

The plot of most films involves the hero overcoming obstacles thrown at him by the bad The more badass the antagonist, generally the stronger the film.   What happens when the story is basically about Man vs. Self? In movies that look at internal themes and explore rites of passage, we tend to think the antagonist is the protagonist himself.  It appears the conflict in the film is basically internal.

Let's look at some examples of...


Great Quotes From Famous Screenwriters

These screenwriters have advice about how they prepare to write, how they write dialogue, their plotting, which ideas to write, how they keep every scene dramatic, things they keep in mind while writing, how they broke into writing, and even some words of encouragement.

They've written hundreds of screenplays between them.

They count among their screen credits, All The President's Men, A Clockwork Orange, Taxi Driver, Runaway Jury, Being John Malcovich, The Lazarus Effect, Big Fish, Toy Story, The...


How To Become A Substance Addicted Hollywood Writer.

It’s relatively easy. First you get a job as a screenwriter or TV writer. You get to deal with deadlines, rejection, and a roller-coaster of ups and downs in your career. You might encounter heartache, or agonize over where your next job is coming from.  You could be the flavor of the month one day and forgotten the next.

On the other hand, you might just become successful, buy a house in the Hollywood Hills, drive a...