Shut Up, Sit Down And Write Screenplays!

September 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

The Athletic Nerd: Screenwriting

After this post, I thought it would make sense to ACTUALLY follow my own advice and write.  Not just talk about it…

So, I woke up, checked out my daily websites and got right to it.

It turns out, it’s easy to write screenplays when you sit down and… write.

I decided to go with a family/drama I’ve been considering for a while.  It’s a concept I’ve been working on for ages but until a few weeks ago, I didn’t know what to do with it.

Then I had one of those shining moments when I knew exactly what to do.

Why didn’t I write it?

I didn’t feel like I had enough time.

I was 100% wrong.

After about 2 hours of work, I completed a 10 page script that could definitely make an interesting short film.

Note: All that development work definitely pays off.

I feel like a screenwriter again.

Writing a script is such a rush and there is nothing better than finishing a new story.  What surprised me was how emotional this story became.  It evolved as I wrote it and became a touching story about losing a loved one.

These types of breakthroughs can only happen when you’re actually typing pages.  You can develop stories forever but the little details will never emerge until the pages stack up.

Every writer should push themselves.  There comes a time when you have to tell yourself to shut up, sit down and write!

Yesterday was that day for me and it couldn’t have worked out any better.

Next I plan to return to my feature script.

I suppose what I’m trying to say is:

I enjoy writing screenplays.

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