“Discipline is everything for a working writer”

November 15th, 2012 by

“Not to be preachy about it, but discipline is everything for a working writer, at least for this one. I can’t just wander around fields of flowers or sit brooding in coffee houses waiting for the muse to land on my shoulder and whisper in my ear. That would nice, but it ain’t gonna happen. I treat writing like a factory job – the whistle blows and I’m at work. This thing always comes down to someone sitting down with some kind of writing instrument and getting it done.”

This from author and screenwriter Don Winslow (Savages). Being a military brat, I resonate with this mindset 100%.

Discipline is everything for a working writer.

I can almost hear my father — a ‘full bird’ [Air Force Colonel] — invoking these words.

Sure, we may want to rebel against such an imperative sentiment.

We may grumble and grouse about this type of attitude.

But there’s one thing we can’t do: Deny the truth of it.

“This thing always comes down to someone sitting down with some kind of writing instrument and getting it done.”

Damn straight. A story doesn’t write itself.

To develop, craft, write and finish a full-length original screenplay, you need creativity, talent and passion. You also need to remember this:

Discipline is everything for a working writer.

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Today and every Monday through Friday for 10 weeks, I’ll use this slot to post something inspirational as GOYOQ participants pound out their first drafts.

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One thought on ““Discipline is everything for a working writer”

  1. Tonight, I got home from a, brutally-soul-crushing, nine hour shift.

    I was contemplating just taking the night off.

    “I can write a few extra pages tomorrow.”

    Then I read this post.

    It kicked me right in the ass.

    Damn you, Scott.

    Much love,
    Nick

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