Wednesday, 8 May 2019

5 Tips To Get The Most From Your Writing

Into The Script's newest member of the team - Feature Writer, Kevin Wilde is talking today about the top 5 Tips To Get The Most From Your Writing. So, If you’re feeling stuck in a writing or filmmaking rut, feeling seriously unmotivated or generally lacking some inspiration - then look no further, and let's hand over to Kevin!

Mentally preparing yourself to sit down and work on your script is a crucial, but often overlooked step in the process. You can know all the ins and outs of things like structure and formatting, and even have an amazing idea for your film, however, if you are not in the right frame of mind to sit down and commit to a solid writing session, I promise you will not put forth your best work. And unfortunately, this will be evident to whomever is reading your script. But not worry, Into The Script has got you covered! 

Here are 5 tips that will get you mentally prepared to get the most out of your writing sessions.

1. Get Inside Your Character’s Heads.

What I mean by that is your fictional characters exist only in your mind, so why not get inside theirs? 

As you go throughout your day, choose a main character and try and think like they
would think. Act like they would act (without losing your job or getting arrested).

Similar to what actors often do for their roles. It works for them, and it can work for
screenwriters too. Now, I’m not saying go and completely transform yourself like Charlize
Theron for her role as Aileen Wuornos in Monster, however, do what you can to look at life
through their eyes as often as possible. 

The more in tune you are with your characters, will make it that much easier to bring them to life in your story.

2. Make A Playlist

This seems simple enough...and it is. But that does not make it any less important. Again, this is all about mental preparation. 

When you’re coming up with ideas for your film, and making your outline, etc, you should have an idea of the kind of tone you want your movie to have. It doesn’t have to be songs that you necessarily envision being in the movie, just music that, for whatever reason, takes you “there”.

For instance, if you’re writing a comedy, listening to Adele on repeat probably isn’t going to get you in the mood to make people laugh. So, whatever playlist you come up with that inspires you, just give it a listen before or during your writing session. 

You’ll be surprised at how much more connected you will be with the fictional universe you’ve created.

3. Remove All Distractions

Though perhaps seemingly obvious, I cannot stress this enough. Getting distracted is easy
enough on its own; do not make it even easier. Your story deserves every bit of your attention.

If you are just going to grab your laptop and a bag of chips and plop down on the couch with the TV on and “work” on your story, you are setting yourself up for failure. 

There is no way you can devote yourself to your story in that environment. If you feel like vegging out for awhile, great...just leave your script to the side until you’re ready.

Sit at a desk or a table, grab a cup of coffee or tea, turn the TV off, and sit down and write….oh, and put your phone away (say it again louder for the people in the back) PUT YOUR PHONE

It is probably the easiest and most common thing to get distracted by for most of us. All
the selfies, memes, and political rants will still be there when you’re finished. I promise.

4. Turn Off Your Mind, Relax, And Float Downstream

Yes, that is indeed a John Lennon quote (you’re welcome). However, this is applicable to
mentally preparing yourself to write. And what I mean by that is, we all have things happening in our personal lives that cause us stress and anxiety. 

So the more you can “turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream” prior to writing, the easier it will be for you to block out any negative energy and focus on your writing.

Everyone has a different method for doing this, there’s no right or wrong way...go for a walk, meditate, do yoga, smoke a joint, I really don’t care….just as long as you clear your mind of anything negative. 

I said it before, but it bears repeating....your story deserves every bit of your attention.

5. Do Not Force It

There are many things you can do to mentally prepare yourself to write your script, including the aforementioned tips, however, if you have done everything you can do to get yourself ready to write and you are still not feeling it that day, simply don’t do it. 

There is nothing worse than putting so much pressure on yourself that you end up forcing yourself to write, and ending up with pages full of useless babble.

Unless you are a professional, and have a hard deadline to make, there is absolutely nothing wrong with stepping away from your project for a moment. 

Take a day or two, or three, and come back to it when you are ready and mentally prepared to write your script the way you know it should be written.

Kevin Wilde is an up and coming screenwriter, as well as a feature writer for Into The Script.

Everyday is Halloween for Kevin, as he has an unrelenting passion for all things horror. Influenced by the likes of masterminds such as John Carpenter, Stephen King, Kevin Williamson, Eli Roth, and Rob Zombie, you can certainly look forward to many horrifying tales that will have you sleeping with the lights on.

You can find Kevin on Instagram and Facebook.

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