Screenwriting and Overcoming Roadblocks

Writing can be a mundane task at times, so you’ll need to build a continuous drive of self-motivation in order to succeed. If you set achievable writing goals you’ll do something that will get you a small win. This discipline builds momentum and gives you the confidence to make bigger and better decisions throughout your story. How many pages can you write in a day?

If you find that you’ve reached a roadblock and you’re writing has come to a sudden halt, you’re not alone. Many writers can overcome roadblocks by first identifying what they are. The good news is that roadblock is not what you think it is… it’s not that mysterious case of writer’s block. It’s simply lack of inspiration. That story you fell in love with, took everywhere with you, and thought about on a regular basis is now fading away.

If you find that you’re falling out of love with your story, keep reminding yourself of that initial spark that got you writing.

Assess the situation, the roadblock if you will, look at your story structure, scenes, characters, dialogue, and assess what isn’t working. These obstacles only block the road if you let them. Focus on a rewrite that will help you find ways around it. These pauses can lead to very creative writing solutions that you might not have thought about had it not been there.

Start from the beginning and examine your entire script. Every screenplay must start with four basic elements, which are; Plot, Structure, Characters and Theme. Without strong characters to move your story forward, your screenplay will fall flat.

Just as your story has setup, conflict, and resolution, each scene should have a setup, conflict, and dilemma. This will keep the audience engaged with every scene and launch their attention into the next scene. This is also the best way of making a determination of whether your story is moving forward. Write what you know, write what you find intriguing, write what you can’t stop thinking about.

The ultimate goal in screenwriting is creating an original story, containing memorable characters with unique traits that resonate with your readers. Your characters should have quirks that set them apart from other characters in your story. In order to truly develop interesting and unique characters, you must consider the opportunities around you. Some of the best ideas for characters and story development can be derived from everyday life. Let yourself be receptive to conversations and situations you wouldn’t normally lend your eyes and ears too. You may find that you stumble across some very interesting and useful material.

All writers have an assortment of reasons why they write, some more or less commendable than others. Whether it’s their way of expressing themselves, or an outlet for their desire to entertain people, they love writing for the sake of writing. If you’ve found that you hit a roadblock, take a break, get out and explore the world around you.

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” – Carl Sagan

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