The biggest tip I can give anyone who wants to be a writer is that it doesn’t matter how much you don’t want to do it, you have to sit down and just write. If you know what you are going to write then do that. If you don’t, then write whatever comes to your mind.
I say this because I spent a lot of the day being very busy that when I finally had a chance to work on my script, I really tried to convince myself to just save the work until tomorrow. My brain tries to tell me that nobody is paying me to do this, I’m not doing this for anyone else, I’m not accountable.
That’s a huge lie. There is one person I’m accountable to: myself. If I fail to write today then I am failing myself. I am failing to meet one of my commitments to this project and I am failing at working on my craft professionally. I might not have a set deadline per se but I must be able to show progress every day.
If you can’t even be accountable to yourself then how can you be accountable to others? If you can’t write every day then how can you hope to meet set deadlines? Getting in the habit now is crucial.
So I sat down and I wrote the scenes I wanted to write today:
Progress on the Script:
Pages: 20/120 (16.26%)
Scenes: 14/81 (17.28%)
Acts: 0/3 (0.00%)
Pages: 20/30 (60.61%)
Scenes: 14/22 (63.64%)
I’m almost two-thirds of the way through Act One.