Screenwriting 101: Robert Rodriguez

November 20th, 2012 by

“I had the worst schedule on Spy Kids, and I didn’t figure it out until the rewrite. I kick myself for not having figured this out years ago. I’d be so much more prolific. I have a writing system now that works fantastic. What threw me is that I’m a night guy. I can’t get up early in the morning. I love waking up in the afternoon. I would always write at night, and ideas get worse and worse because you’re falling asleep. When you go to sleep, you say that’s great! When you wake up you say, that sucks! I thought I was a bad writer. But I would read different interviews in “Creative Screenwriting” and it seemed like the most successful writers were morning writers.

You’ll clean your toilet before you write. I’m a total procrastinator. You get so distracted. I came up with a method that works great and kills all these birds with one stone. I get to be a morning writer now, and get to avoid something I hate more than writing—which is hard to find. Worse than writing? I hate getting out of bed. It’s so warm and cozy.

That first eye-opener is when I pull the computer onto my lap. You can’t even spell your name. But man, talk about focus, all this stuff comes your way. I get great ideas. And your Negative Guy is still asleep. The trick is not getting up to get coffee or other distractions. Hours will fly by. I would put my computer away and the rest of the day would be great. For writing, it’s a better subconscious stage to be waking than falling asleep.

I was shocked at how much stuff I got done. Stories, dialogue, characters, all this was coming out. If I had been doing this since Desperado I could have had five novels…. One hour in the morning would turn into three, and I would get more ideas all day long.”

— Robert Rodriguez, excerpted from Creative Screenwriting, March/April 2001

7 thoughts on “Screenwriting 101: Robert Rodriguez

  1. I used to be a night owl. Now I’m a morning person and I’m much more creative and focused in the morning. But not before I get my coffee. Are you kidding me? GIVE ME MY COFFEE!!!

  2. Bryan Colley says:

    That still doesn’t explain Machete.

    1. Bryan Colley says:

      It needed more DeNiro, man. And I don’t mean money!

  3. totally agree with the morning thing, best time to focus. Even if i get distracted during the rest of the day, 5 AM in the morning is when I get the most done.

  4. Dear Scott,

    can you please tell me, where i can buy the “Creative Screenwriting” Interview Book? All the “Buy”-Links on are broken. Can you help me? I would love to read the same interviews, Rodriguez read, and even more of course. :)

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Scott says:

      Marian, I replied to you via email.

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