Find a Writing Routine That You Can Stick With, and Watch Your Body of Work Explode

Find a Writing Routine That You Can Stick With, and Watch Your Body of Work Explode

Creativity isn't something that you can call up on-demand. You've got to work at it, day after day, until it's an intrinsic part of your life, until creativity is a habit.

In an older video from the Academy Originals YouTube channel, prolific screenwriter Eric Roth, whose writing credits include The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Forrest Gump,  shares some insight into his daily routine.

Roth, of course, writes scripts for a living. He has no other choice than to build a routine around doing creative work.

For the rest of us, though — those of us with day jobs and families and responsibilities outside of making films — the principle is exactly the same.

You've got to carve out time in your day where you focus on your creative work and nothing but your creative work. And more than that, you've got to make it habitual.

For most people, that time is going to be early in the morning or late at night, but it could be on your lunch hour, while you're commuting, or any other time of day where you can sneak in 30 minutes or an hour of uninterrupted work.

I would be lying if I said that forming new habits was easy. In fact, there will absolutely be days where life will get in the way and prevent you from accomplishing anything creative. It happens to everybody.

The real difficulty lies in how you choose to react to those obstacles. You can either let them derail your creative routine, or you can get back on the wagon and keep moving forward.

Luckily, if you're passionate about what you're trying to create, the latter option should be easy for you to follow.

The beauty of this is that once you've found your routine and made it a habit, your body of creative work builds up very quickly.

Even if you only manage to write 250 words a day, five days per week (which is very doable), you can hammer out two feature screenplay drafts per year.

Now imagine that you set aside 45 minutes first thing in the morning and another 45 minutes in the evening, and you crank out 250 words in each session.

At that rate, you will have a feature screenplay in 3 months.

Now go forth, build routines that you can stick with, and watch as your body of writing grows every single day.


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