You know, there are many things that can get in the way of committing serious time to writing – procrastination, the need to earn money, TV box-sets and good old-fashioned crippling self-doubt. But I recently learnt that one of the most common impediments to writing regularly is children.
I discovered this when a subscriber to my newsletter emailed me to say – please write an article about writing with children in the house. To be honest it’s not something I’ve given much thought to as I’m sans nipper.
But I was suitably moved by the heartfelt plea and figured the many writerly parents I know may have some insightful solutions – but no…
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Wish you could find more time to write? Join the very large club.
And have you noticed the very moment you try to find more time for writing projects, non-writing items suddenly quadruple in size and urgency?
I’ve realised that trying to “find time” is precisely where we’re going wrong. We need to take it.
We need to grab it, carve off a chunk and protect it from all invaders. Sound a bit too Game of Throne-sy?
Bang on, dear reader. We need to get brutal. There’s only one person on the planet interested in protecting your writing time and that’s you. It’s time to pull up the drawbridge and fill the moat with piranha.
Want to get that project finished this year?
Continue reading Can’t Find Time to Write? Get Carving
So you’ve nailed your kick-ass idea. You’ve spent long hours grinding out that first screenplay and you’re ready to send your baby into the world – or are you?
After reading hundreds of screenplays by new writers, I’ve seen a bunch of flaws that will almost certainly ensure your screenplay gets the thumbs down – even if the idea is fab.
Receiving the “great idea, badly executed” response won’t make the rejection any sweeter – so give your baby a better chance by ensuring you’re not guilty of these mistakes…
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