January 3, 2009

Dead end play?

I don't know why, but I can't progress with this play. I keep redoing the same scene(s) over and over, and I can't quite move forward. It's not like I don't have ideas. I just can't get them on paper. And I'm thinking about another script I want to start on too (film?).

I don't know what to do. I could try to sludge through this, and I'm constantly berating myself for not gaining more ground. But it's just - stuck. What's going on here?


  1. I'm still trying to catch up. It might take a few more weeks.

  2. You've just described every attempt at creative writing I have ever, well, attempted. Hang in there. All of the advice to writers I've ever read says to keep pushing through it anyway, even if you don't think it's good. Stop doing rewrites and just force yourself to move forward with something. Then you can get to an end, and even if it's not an end you like, then at least you have a spine to rewrite from. I found a great deal of excellent advice to writers particularly in the book Aunt Bessie's How to Survive a Day Job While Living the Creative Life.

    Good luck, pal!!!

  3. This may or may not be relevant. Some time ago I was thinking that the first thing I try doesn't have to do everything I want it to do. Then I realized that the first thing I try doesn't have to do anything I want it to do!