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Old 07-04-2010, 06:56 AM   #1
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Default Great advice kills the mood

Jules thread on "the slump" got me thinking.

My problem is there's so much great advice
on these boards from concept to script
execution that trying to decipher it all
is all I'm thinking about and it's actually killing
the creative mood for me.

I'm thinking I should go on hiatus from the
DD pro forum for a while but I'm kind of hooked,
and I really do learn a lot from you guys. It's
just that, as I said before, it's all my focus.

It's like my left brain is so wrapped up in the
do's and don'ts that my right brain is being
totally ignored.

At some point I'm going to have to say enough
is enough with all the info and just sit down and write.

Has this weird sort of procrastination happened to any of you?
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Old 07-04-2010, 07:15 AM   #2
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Oh yeah.
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Old 07-04-2010, 07:36 AM   #3
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Nope. Not me. Never. Now excuse me for a while 'cause I just remembered a thread from back in April that I finally have a response to and have to track it down.

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Old 07-04-2010, 07:45 AM   #4
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The basic rule of becoming a writer is to write, every day. Write something. Hone your skills.

There are a great number of reasons to put off writing, DD being but one of them. Diversion is good, even necessary, but when the diversion becomes a replacement for writing, then one needs to consider what his true ambitions are.

I wish I would listen to my own advice.
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Old 07-04-2010, 08:19 AM   #5
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The basic rule of becoming a writer is to write, every day. Write something. Hone your skills.

There are a great number of reasons to put off writing, DD being but one of them. Diversion is good, even necessary, but when the diversion becomes a replacement for writing, then one needs to consider what his true ambitions are.

I wish I would listen to my own advice.

Very much agree.

Don't stop writing. Write anything: journal, blogs, poems, short stories, a crazy scene that pops into your brain - whatever, even if it doesn't make sense. Just don't leave it for too long.

Also, give yourself a pat on the back and a break. You're a writer, not a superhero.

Write.

Oh, and check out youtube: thedialogue screenwriting. Lots of great writers on there sharing about how they write, inspirations, starts, projects ..etc.
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Old 07-04-2010, 09:18 AM   #6
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stop asking for advice and do the research yourself

every time you have a question find a script or several scripts that may answer it for you and read it

and just like any of artistic challenge... you must practice and hone your skills so don't stop writing
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:41 AM   #7
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What's happening to you is a normal stage a lot of us go through in our development as writers. At first, ignorance is bliss. I wrote my first screenplay with no realization that there were a million technical aspects to the craft I'd never heard of. Once I became aware of that, I went through a compulsive information-collecting phase. I bought every book, took every class, read every thread I hoped might hold the key. But at a certain point, it gels. Bits of what you've learned from a whole bunch of sources become a part of you. You don't need to go back to every post about dialog to make sure you're on the right track before you dare to write a line anymore, just as you no longer need to think about what your hands and feet are doing while you're driving. You'll know for yourself. You'll get your confidence back, but this time it will be a more informed confidence, improved by what you've read and what you've written.

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Old 07-04-2010, 10:42 AM   #8
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... Has this weird sort of procrastination happened to any of you?
You seem to come to the right conclusion but then appear to invite reasons to disobey it!

I hope you don't come back to see what responses you've received to this good post!

Not today anyway.

Visit us once per day. Half hour at most.

That's me now.

Great stuff on this board, but you have to be disciplined. There's lots of funny, informative, witty, wise, and totally useless complaining crap here.

A bit of sadness, too. When I see writers who've posted into the thousands...

I have only one more topic to check (that "stupid contests" one) and then I'm off to write for the rest of the day, wrapping up my 4th script in 4 months.

Anybody can do it. Good luck.
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:44 PM   #9
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I started writing better when I told myself there aren't any "don'ts" in screenwriting.

I write what I want, where I want, and how I want -- until my manager tells me different
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Old 07-04-2010, 03:23 PM   #10
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Start writing. Now.

PS: Shouldn't great advice *inspire you*? That's how it works with me, at least. I see some way to do something that I hadn't known existed before, and want to write something that does that.

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