The first time I wanted to write a script,
I wrote it. I went to the local book store
and bought every book on screenwriting.
I studied the books and drafted a
screenplay. This led to a rewrite.
Rewriting is screenwriting. It’s like
sculpting. The writer refines and refines
always striving for perfection. Perfection
is relative, so, the writer must get to the
point where they are satisfied and then,
the writer should begin the process of
marketing the script.
I finished my first script in two weeks.
In one month, I had a WGA agent. In
six weeks, the script was being read
by someone at Disney. It was eventually
produced and aired on cable.
I created a job so that I could write. The
job was to sit for visitation at a mortuary.
It allowed me to study and to write.
If you are able to squeeze in one hour
each day to write, you will eventually be
able to write for more than one hour
each day. Like cleaning your teeth, set
aside a certain amount of time each
day, simply, to write, even if that is
only 30 minutes. The key, is to write
everyday at that time, even though,
at times, you may feel like it’s useless.
That is part of being a writer, to deal
with feelings of uselessness. It goes
with the territory. It is the writer’s
job to overcome that, as well as other
emotions that come up.
Writing requires creativity. Creative
people are usually on the edge of
emotion, most of the time. So, that
also usually goes with the territory
I hope this has been of help to you.
Donald L. Vasicek
The Zen of Writing and Filmmaking