Saturday, April 26, 2008
I won Script Frenzy today as my screenplay edged over 100 pages. Wow! I wrote a 100 page screenplay in under 30 days. For writers, this is like an Olympic sport. The discipline. The endurance. The thoughts grinding away in my head. It's some small satisfaction for me at least. I think I enter these online writing contests to nudge myself into action. So many people say they're going to write something and eventually don't. The key to being a writer is writing.
At a comic book convention in 2002 I met Kevin Smith. Fanboy geek I am, I waited in line for him to autograph a copy of his screenplays for Clerks and Chasing Amy. I told him I was writing a screenplay and he encouraged me.
"Do it," he said.
He told an audience of aspiring filmmakers and Smith fanboys that whenever he has writer's block, he just writes through it. That's really all you can do. Just write through it or plan a scene in your head or think about a detail or aspect of it. It's better than just doing nothing and talking about something you're planning to write.