I’ve been feeling a little down these last few weeks and haven’t found the energy to keep my scriptwriting up. I’m extremely disappointed in myself. Why did I settle for a part time job if I wasn’t going to use my free time for writing? (Well, technically the traveling takes up time and it’s not like I’ve been able to even find another job…) In any case, I could be doing more, and I’m not. But today I had to wake up at 5AM to go to a meeting at Sears. My coworkers and I laughed at some “mattress humor,” and I came to realize how absolutely and radically different my life is than what I expected. I’m laughing at a Stearns and Fosters joke, when I should be laughing at some grip or lighting jokes. I wish I were on set—rather, I wish I could get paid to work on set. Instead, I’m memorizing coil counts, which beds have which layers of foams, and how to get customers to realize that returning a bed affects my being able to make rent each month.
If I settle on this notion, however, I’ll be all depressed and all the more unmotivated. It might be the three cups of coffee today, but I’ve decided to bring my spirits up come hell or high water. So, taking motivation from writing exercises I was forced to do in college, I’m finding that I do really miss scriptwriting. Hopefully you guys can work through your slumps with these pretty cool writing techniques that have helped me in the past (and I’m sure will help me now and in the future).
“I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.”
-James Michener Continue reading