With the New Year right around the corner, it’s time to start planning to make this your most productive year of writing yet. Coming up with concise, achievable goals can be tricky though. Lucky for you, The Script Mother team compiled a list of New Year’s resolutions to get your 2019 off to a great start!
Wake up early to write.
Where does the time go? It seems like days blow by at 60 miles per hour, especially when you’re trying to finish a script. Instead of squeezing writing time between work, kids, and all that meal prep we’re supposed to know how to do, set some time aside for yourself early in the morning. Writing before the rest of the world wakes up helps eliminate distractions and jump-start your productivity. It might be painful at first, but once you feel the rush of completed pages, you’ll be waking up on your own!
Start a writer’s group.
The old saying “there’s strength in numbers” is true. It’s easier to be productive when you have other people knocking down your door. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have an excuse to camp out at your favorite coffee spot.
Read one script every week.
Before you write the next great film, you need to have read a couple first. Reading scripts on a regular basis helps you stay up-to-date with industry taste and craft an eye for that elusive good writing. Don’t know where to find scripts? Have no fear! Script Mother is here for you. Check out some of our favorite resources below:
Watch a new movie every week.
This one’s easy! Post up at your favorite theatre or at home on the couch with a fresh bowl of popcorn to expand your cinema palette! Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are great resources for finding quality content in a pinch. Then, a
Write more authentic characters.
Did you know that when you win Script of the Month at Script Mother, you earn FREE coverage from a Script Mother team member with industry experience? One of our favorite parts of reading your scripts is meeting all of the inventive characters that fill your stories. This year, push yourself to write even more authentic characters by basing them off of real people in your life. Then, make sure to upload your drafts to ScriptMother.com for a chance to win Script of the Month this 2019!
Show. Don’t tell.
Check out this excerpt from “Alien” (1979) written by Walter Hill and David Giler. It’s one of our favorite examples of showing versus telling, an old adage from film school. Screenplays are essentially blueprints for the film you want to make, so write your blueprint as clearly and vividly as possible.
That wraps up Script Mother’s official list of Writing New Year’s Resolutions for 2019! Do you enjoy Script Mother content like this? Stay up-to-date with all of our latest news by following @ScriptMother on, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.