Screenwriting and your Muse

Who or what is your muse?

Muse [ Myooz]:

Think about something: to think about something in a deep and serious or dreamy and abstracted way

Find your creative edge –

A muse will provide you with inspiration and help to get your creative process flowing. Once you recognize that your muse is present, you must make an ongoing effort to keep that connection alive. Your muse will be unique to you and it will be your responsibility to explore this natural and spontaneous experience.

A screenwriter is all too familiar with the need for a muse. Most writers will admit to “writer’s block” when their muse is not present. This is every writer’s nightmare and every writer is subject to this pitfall. Therefore, a muse is the most powerful ally in every writer’s arsenal of creativity.  

Your muse must inspire you to create; to write what is the most precious, thoughtful and dramatic words that can flow from a pen. Your muse should intuitively connect every fiber of creativity from all aspects of life, dreamweaving your story and delivering it to the world.

Every story should be about what (the premise) is happening to whom (the main character). Your muse will help you determine whether or not your story deserves to be written. However; you must make the decision to what medium your story could be best told. Most great movie concepts never go away. Regardless of when or how you thought of your concept, if you were to put the idea to the back of your head, would you still feel as passionate about it a year from now? Your muse would.

In addition to deciding when your story takes place, you must create characters that represent themselves at their worst or best moments – think of the “Hero’s Journey” when creating characters. Your hero must learn, achieve, have lost, or overcome by the end of their journey to be in a different place.

Opposites attract and your characters should be “opposite types”, this will bring out particular qualities in your characters and create interesting situations. Collectively, it’s what all your characters do together that creates the story’s cause and effect. As a result, emotions will be set free and your story will run a logical course.

Conflicts, arguments, and obstacles keep a story going and definitely make it more interesting for the reader. Insert more conflict elements into your story the more powerful your story. Try not to be a “perfectionist” when writing the first draft. Your muse will know spontaneity and will assist with your creativity. Write first and edit later.

A great technique in any writing is “freewriting.” Without notice, your muse will be present, an idea will strike and you’ll put pen to paper. This is the best way to get the most creative ideas scribbled out before they’re lost. Take advantage of what your muse has to offer. There will always be plenty of time for structure later. Get your first draft out before your muse takes a vacation.

– Let the inspiration flow and your creativity will take shape.

David L. Spies

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One Response to Screenwriting and your Muse

  1. I enjoyed reading your blog. It is interesting to see the goings on outside Hollywood. Good stuff.

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