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Monday, 23 April 2018

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The screenwriter Stirling Silliphant once described to my college writing class his process for completing scripts. He set a personal requirement of writing 8 pages per day, around a schedule: breakfast; 2 pages; tennis; 2 pages; lunch; 2 pages; swim; 2 pages; cocktails and dinner. This way, he could complete a typical 110 minute screenplay in two weeks.

Rules based Discipline! When I finally got serious about college my rule was to never cut a class and do all the assignments. It worked.

Thanks Mike - that was helpful!!!

Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.

Gene Fowler

Thanks for this, Mike. I’m on the verge of retirement; a future without a steady gig is wearing on me. “Touch it every day” will become my mantra lest I become a professional couch potato.

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