I have started writing a really intense screenplay for something that I hope is to become very special as well as unique. There is no lack of enthusiasm or motivation, but I find myself very frustrated and blank when I sit down to write. I have written extensively for most of my life, and while I am no literary genius I would still like to think that I am quite competent when it comes to expressing myself on paper.
I read a very interesting article recently about some of the 20th centuries most famous writers talking about their methods to smashing out books, and I was interested to know if any fellow HEthens had any recommendations to get them in the zone as well.
What works for me, is formulating my subject as clear as possible and what I want to reach with it.
Then just start rambling, skip what you want to skip and leave the rest in.
Caffeine raises my concentration, but it says nothing about my ability to write, usually I start by writing what I feel towards the subject, write what ever comes to mind.
When trying to acomplish something , it’s the best ,in my opinion, to do little steps. Your brain still have quite a few simple mechanisms like a reward for work. If you do sth big or long and there are no steps in this job , just one huge thing to do your brain gets tired and dismovated. Try to split your job/task to little steps, and after every step be clearly aware of what have you done. After that your mind gets a little “I’m great” kick. It’s like feeding your ego. Then u have energy to work for longer and u make it clear for your brain that the job u are doing is giving some results.
Splitting a job to little steps also makes it easier to organise your work. For example “i have 50 steps to complete this thing”. “I’ll complete 10 steps every day”. You can even reward yourself after every step by taking a break in which you will think what cool thing you’ve just made or how much closer u are to the end. Little presents like candy or jelly bear, should work as well maybe even better it depends on person. YOU know that you are rewrding yourself but your brain doesn’t care. Even if u know how the mechanism works it doesn’t dissapear it’s still there. It’s not like a placebo. Your brain is happy from reward even if you are aware that it should make you happy.