« Strange DNA | Main | How To Become a Professional Photographer »

Monday, 23 April 2018


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.

The comments to this entry are closed.



Blog powered by Typepad
Member since 06/2007