Useful Lessons I Learned From Having Screenwriters for Parents
observations from our dinner table
- •If you are self-employed, it is helpful to have a dedicated work space/hours, and to separate yourself from the phone.
- •It is good to keep tea/snacks/water on hand, so you have fewer reasons to get up from your computer.
- •If you are having a third act problem, you probably actually have a first act problem.
- •If you are having a second act problem, you probably actually have a problem with your protagonist.
- •The second act will be much easier to get through if you have an outline to rely on.
- •Aristotle's poetics is worth reading.
- •You can work for twenty years on something and not get it made, so you better fucking celebrate along the way.
- •You can work for twenty years on something, get it made, and hate the final product, so you better fucking enjoy the process.
- •The notes executives/producers/directors give you may seem stupid. It is your job to look past their bad solution to the problem they are responding to--and come up with a better solution.
- •Sometimes executives/producers/directors are just being stupid. Certain heartbreaks are worth it; others are simply not. Know when to walk away.
- •The more you write, the better you will be at writing. Having a daily practice is ideal. Ergo, there are no real weekends.
- •That said, it is important to have time to daydream. Everyone procrastinates. It's a creative tool.
- •Save your money so you don't have to take a shitty job you hate just to pay the mortgage.
- •That said, sometimes a job is just about paying the mortgage, and that's okay too.