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Psych 101

An intern with a script

Every intern has a script. So tread lightly.

Inconvenient brilliance

Obey the muse, whatever the timing, or risk her departure.

Lost Rooms and American Zombies

When other people have the same ideas and act on them, it helps me clear my slate.

When should I panic?

How to deal with the waiting cycle. The good/bad news: no screenwriter, at any level, is immune.

Workshops: An invitiation to idea theft?

Get over it. No one wants to steal your crappy idea.

Depression on film

You rarely see clinical depression in movies and TV, despite being much more common in real life than, say, retrograde amnesia.

Rejection

Eventually, you learn that you can’t depend on strangers for validation.

What if the movie I wrote turns out god-awful?

This is one of the worst things about being a screenwriter: you ultimately have very little control over the movie that gets made. Here’s how to deal.

I am Hillary Clinton’s clavicle

A political quiz helps understand characters whose beliefs are different from my own.

On friends, colleagues and jealousy

The process of adding and dropping friends and colleagues isn’t unique to this business. It sucks for them. It sucks for you. Accept that and move on.

Read lots of bad scripts

It’s just as important to read bad writing as good.

Writing when the movie could get ruined

Embracing the chaos and letting go.

Does bad work spoil mine?

Rejoice and learn from the suckiness. Their low standards make your great script all the more unusual.

Getting sidetracked by other movies

Tricks to get you back in the mood of your screenplay.

Regaining confidence when nothing is working

Methods for breaking through the self doubt and general madness when you’ve lost your way to the end of your story.

The fine line between talented and bonkers

I don’t think you have to be nuts to be a good writer. Nor do I you should use writing as an excuse for not getting help when you need it.

Working, but what’s the next step?

Important steps for the beginner who’s ready for the next level.

Does lack of confidence lead to great writing?

Pretend you’re confident. Eventually, you will be.

Past mistakes

When you don’t think you deserve to be in the room, no one else will, either.

Writing is hard

Don’t wait for flow. It might come; it might not. But it’s your job to keep writing anyway.

How old is too old?

Starting a career in film is difficult at any age, so if it’s 15% more difficult at 35 than 25, I can’t imagine that would deter you.

Finding confidence

The flip side of Insecurity tends to be Arrogance. I highly recommend the former over the latter.