I have been writing daily on this blog for about a week, and it’s an interesting experiment. I notice that since I have committed to write every day, my mind comes up with an idea each day. Some days, I’m very relieved because something remarkable happened to me, and I’m able to get a blog post idea out of that experience. These days, I’m telling myself that I was lucky to have had that experience, otherwise, I wouldn’t have had any idea. And yet, when nothing special happens to me, I still come up with an idea, even when I don’t feel like it, even when I’m thinking about other things all day. I can spend my whole day without any clue as to what I will write about, but at 10PM, I know I have no choice, and an idea sparks. The mind is ready whenever now is the time.

On the other hand, I don’t seem to be able to come up with more than one idea per day. The moment I know my commitment is fulfilled for the day, I get complacent, I rest on my safety net, or I get picky about my ideas. All of which happen when I write a film, or any bigger project. The questions, the doubts, the apathy rise and ideas don’t seem to flow anymore. It’s not that they don’t come, it’s that they are filtered, rated, sorted, and that nothing coming out of that process seems to be enough to me.

The answer, then, seems to be the removal of the safety net. Maybe a personal commitment to write a certain amount with each writing session would be enough. If not, that could be giving the progress of the session to read to someone else, or to finish the project by a certain date, and to know that I need to write a certain quantity each day to meet that deadline. The problem with bigger projects, and especially screenplays, is that it’s hard to quantify. They are not written in quantity as in, a certain number of pages, but in editing. They require an enormous amount of re-reading, structuring, refining, … to be considered finished. It is impossible to plan in advance the importance of the work to be done, and to know at what percentage of that work we are at any given moment. The solution could be to give myself an objective for the next session at the end of each writing session. For example, fleshing out a certain scene, or solving a narrative problem. I will keep experimenting with this…

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