One of the most rewarding experiences of my teaching and coaching life has been to mentor at the Daily Love Writer’s Mastermind in Bali. One month, in gorgeous surroundings, to write a book or screenplay. It’s incredible how much writing gets done through immersion.
When there’s no escape, you have to get started.
I remember how terrified I was back when I dreamed of being a screenwriter but had no idea how to begin.
I was 24, and I’d just moved to L.A. I was starting an MFA program in film and had dragged my meager belongings into a tiny bungalow in Westwood where I knew none of my roommates. Everything in Los Angeles was freaking me out. There were too many cars, the freeway system was labyrinthian, and the air smelled exotic and strange.
Even though I’d been a voracious reader and movie watcher my whole life, I felt like I had no idea how to begin. The writing process felt mysterious and complicated and something I’d never be able to grasp.
But here’s the thing. I learned. Just by stepping in and starting. Whether you’re writing fiction, a screenplay, or memoir, you just have to begin, even if you feel you’re not ready.
Many of you may have an idea, something you’ve been longing to write for years, but become paralyzed at the thought of diving in.
All great stories begin with character and conflict. So here are six steps to help you get started.
Remember, none of this has to be perfect. Just begin. There is incredible power in the simple act of lifting a pen or opening a document on your computer.
Don’t wait another minute to make your writing dreams come true.
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