The Struggles of Writing: From a Writers Perspective
Nobody said screenwriting was easy, take it from me. When I first took screenwriting, I thought it was going to be challenging. Before I began to start writing my first script, I had no idea how much pre-production work you have to do. Before writing anything, I had to come up with a structured logline and beat sheet for my script. Once I had those written and everything planned out, the writing began and I was able to write my first short film. Writing can be tiring sometimes but it'll pay off in the end once completed.
Fast forward to this past week. I was working on my second feature script and I was determined to get my 85 pages to about 88 pages or so. I've been working on this script for a year and just recently got back into making changes to it. Compared to my first feature, this was a script I really needed to focus on because I haven't submitted it to any screenwriting contests or sent it to any professionals in the industry. Anyways as I went through the script, scene by scene, I kept making sure everything looked good. There were a few small errors that I fixed, but I felt like there was an important element of the story that was missing. I couldn't quite figure it out and I once again reread the script up until the point where I got stuck. I felt frustrated because the first time around I wasn't sure what was missing before I took a break from writing this script. When I felt like giving up, I pushed myself and kept trying to make something work. Suddenly, I had a light bulb moment. I went through a few scenes and extended some scenes and finally reached my goal of having the script be 88 pages. Currently, it's at the top of page 89 and I'm happy I was able to achieve my goal of extending my script.
What I'm saying is, it's okay if you're struggling with your writing, whether it's writers block or the writing process in general. Everyone goes through it. What matters most is just pushing through it and know you can always go back and fix the error later. Perhaps you might want a second opinion. As a script consultant, I can help provide some feedback on a certain part of the script you're stuck on and I can provide some ideas that might push you out of this fog.
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