Writing is 100% Inspiration

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I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t been writing much lately. I’ve been working on the same comedic television show script for about three weeks now. I just finished Act One, and am a little lost as to where to go with Act Two. I’ve discovered the root of my writer’s block and it’s one simple concept: inspiration.

I have a few quotes from writers above my desk where I write. The ones that stand out to me are: “The secret is not to give up hope” (George Lucas) and “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them” (Walt Disney). They both are saying one simple idea: hard work and faith in your work is what is most important.

Throughout these past few weeks, I’ve been struggling to write because I haven’t felt too much emotional connection to my story. My needs and desires to tell the story haven’t been too strong, so I’ve been stuck in a writer’s block. I like the story, but not enough to spend most of my time thinking about how to fix it.

I remember three summers ago, when I cranked out my 100-page feature script at a personal record pace, by finishing the first draft in one week. When I wasn’t working, I spent almost all day working on the script. I was deeply attached to the story, the world and the characters. The script turned out to be my senior thesis, and the work that I am still most proud of, to this day.

So I hope that all writers, including myself, can answer these two questions (which are also taped above my desk): Why do I want to tell this story? and What is my emotional connection to this piece? Once I answer these questions, I am sure I can get out of my writer’s block, and resurrect my dreams of becoming a screenwriter.



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