Getting Back In The Groove

Here’s a piece I just did for StoryLink. Ways to fight the urge not to write…

If you never have the urge not to write, heck, skip this.

Have you seen BASTERDS? That first scene is amazing!!! Talk about inventive writing! Whoooosh!



Filed under Screenwriting, Writing Process

4 responses to “Getting Back In The Groove

  1. Thanks for the article link. I’ll check it out! I’ve been in a nonn-writing slump for too long. Questioning if I’m good enough? Why bother trying? All the good ones.

    I have not seen Bastards yet. But I want to!

  2. yourscreenplaysucks

    I was on the phone to a buddy discussing this very question. At some point, we all have to have the arrogance to assume someone will want to read what we’re writing. If you don’t have it, conjure it up. Writing begets writing and finally it will beget good writing. My big fat suggestion is to try to write something that is fun to do. Something you will enjoy. Something that comes easily. Not agony. Not something that somebody else could write really really well, but something that only you could do.

    First pitch I sold was all wrapped around the skullduggery in the asphalt business in Tennessee. Sort of like CHINATOWN with asphalt. My father had been in the business and I asked him a bunch of stuff… and it was unique. It was fun for me to do and nobody else had done it.

    Mostly it was fun.

    I am halfway through my pirate novel and I have to say, it is fun. I’ll get into the agony of rewriting later, but for now, I’m really enjoying blasting out the first draft with no worries about the quality.

    It may be crap, but at least I’m enjoying doing it.

  3. Mr. Akers, I am slowly becoming a huge fan of yours. The more I read your blog, the more inspired I become to do better. Knowing that there are people like you out there in the writing world has encouraged me, or perhaps frightened me, into refining my craft even more before taking those first frightening leaps toward writing professionally. Heck, even now I’m using Firefox to type this comment just so I can use the spell-check feature.

    Anyway, I wanted to thank you for creating this blog, and specifically this article. I thoroughly enjoyed the advise you shared. I hope you don’t take this wrong way, but it was comforting to know that even a seasoned professional such as yourself is, at times, subject to the same doubt and creative interference as someone like me who’s still slugging away trying to get a foot in the door. It’s a relief to know that these challenges are facts of life rather than remaining naive, hoping to someday inherit super-powers that will enable me to write stories as often as the sun rises.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this.
    All the best to you, sir.

    • yourscreenplaysucks

      Everybody worries about their work. If you don’t worry, you don’t really care, or are foolishly arrogant. You don’t have to tell anybody that it bugs you, but it’s there for everybody. I got the same eureka moment when a friend of mine gave me a script he’d written, sequel to a film that had made hundreds of millions of dollars, and he was just as worried about his script as I am about my stuff… after being one of the biggest successes in the history of writing.

      Very pleased you’re a fan. Glad you’re rooting around in the archives. In theory, there’s some good stuff there! Do get my book and tell folks on your blog (or any others!) about what we’re up to here. The more eyeballs, the merrier.

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