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  • Writer's pictureLee Hamilton

5 Ways to Beat the Screenwriting Blues

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit” according to Richard Bach, and while he was talking about writing novels, the same absolutely applies to screenwriters too. But while writing a screenplay can be one of the most rewarding, fun, and creative outlets you can have, it can also be, at times, one of the most difficult, frustrating, and soul-destroying pursuits on the planet too.

Even the most successful screenwriters out there have experienced moments of crippling self-doubt about their writing ability, or have written their story into an impossible corner, or have been one rejection email away from giving up entirely. So, how did they get out of their writing funk, and more importantly, how can you?

Take a Break.

This sounds like a no-brainer, but if you’re writing to a tight deadline or only have a limited time to spend on your writing, the thought of NOT writing might feel ridiculous, but in reality, if you keep pushing yourself, you’ll end up burning yourself out. Taking a break allows you to reset, rest, and return with a fresh mind. For how long you take a break is up to you. Some people find that scheduling regular breaks helps keep them sharp, while others claim that stuffing their screenplay into a drawer and leaving it for a year allows them to re-examine it from an entirely new perspective, helping solve whatever issues were originally hampering them.

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