Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work: 1 Page A Day

September 27th, 2008 by

I heard this idea from producer Larry Gordon about how to knock out a script: Write one page per day. Think about it — at one page per day, in 4 months you’ve generated a 120 pages. So if you take this approach:

* 1 month: Research, brainstorming, character development, plotting

* 4 months: Writing (1 page per day)

* 1 month: Rewrite and final edit

Which means you can crank out 2 full-length screenplays per year — by writing just one page per day.

This has been another edition of Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work.

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2 thoughts on “Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work: 1 Page A Day

  1. E.C. Henry says:

    Now I LIKE these suggestions. Very practicle. I think I spend WAY-WAY to much time on brainstorming/plotting, as what I find myself doing is starting out writing an outline (the plot) and then going into a blow-by-blow line of actual script elements.

    Cool to hear what the pros like Larry Gordon suggest. Thanks Scott.

    – E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

    – E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

  2. dbreckman says:

    Just write one page a day, that’s all. And in four month’s time, you’ll have a screenplay.

    Simple advice. Absurdly simple. TOO simple, really.

    And utterly, fantastically brilliant.

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