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Get A New Story: What’s Your Story About Not Writing?

The title of this column is “Get A New Story” for a reason. When I work with writers on rebooting their writing habits, it doesn’t take long for me to pick out their “story” about why they’re not writing. As a writing coach, it’s endlessly fascinating to hear the variations on...

Get A New Story: Are You Really Too Busy To Write?

When I work with writers to help them reboot their writing productivity, they often say things like, “I can’t find time; I’m just too busy to write. I’ve got all these demands, my life is going to hell, it’s just one string of emergencies after another.” This is one of those...

Get A New Story: 7 Ways To Turn Technology Into Writing Productivity

Looking for software and advice on script writing? Bookmark The Writers Store article on Writing a Screenplay. In this age of distraction and multitasking, it’s all too easy to blame technology for luring us away and ruining our writing productivity. I see writers lamenting Facebook and Twitter as distractions. And they...

Get A New Story: Set Smarter Writing Goals

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Setting a goal like “I’m going to work on my script today,” may work for some people, but for others it can be a deterrent to taking action because it’s nebulous.  There’s not enough for your mind to grab hold of...

Get A New Story: Ready, Set, Write

Every time you sit down and open Final Draft, the blank page stares back at you, defying you to fill it with words. Nothing comes. You’ve got a high concept. You’ve brainstormed your plot points, you’ve created a step outline. You’ve written detailed scene summaries and descriptions of the world, the...

Get A New Story: Just Do The Writing

In my Writer’s Circle, what we see more often than not is that those who write regularly are more productive, have more frequent creative thoughts, and struggle less with their writing. Binge-writers, on the other hand, tend to struggle more with writer’s block, self-doubt, and creative burnout. Writing regularly, however, like...

Get A New Story: Fix the Writing Red Flags

In my relatively short tenure as a screenwriter so far, I’ve learned to pay close attention to the parts of my script that “niggle” at me — the writing red flags, as it were. When I give notes on scripts, I do the same. Here’s why. Those “niggly” bits — dialogue...