Productivity Tip: Get Competitive!

Hey screenwriters!
Today’s writing tip is all about using a little bit of a competitive spirit to help you reach your daily word count or page count goals.

Not everyone works well in writing partnerships, but that doesn’t mean you can’t work with other writers in order to inspire and motivate each other.

Productivity Tip: Warm Up Before You Write

You can’t expect to spin creative gold the second you sit down to write. You need to ease into the creative mindset and become re-acquainted with your story world and the characters that inhabit it.

The best writing warm-ups are the ones that last from anywhere to five to fifteen minutes and are an independent exercise from your script or novel. That way, you can write without stopping and come up with plot twists or scenes that are out of the box and wouldn’t fit in your current piece of writing. Set a time limit, because this forces you to keep writing — even if you run out of ideas. The best scenes sometimes are written after you’ve gone past the meat of the scene.

Creativity Lab: Freewriting and Word Wars

Page 85’s Word War feature isn’t just a fun way to compete against your friends or colleagues to see who can write more words before the timer runs out. It’s actually a proven way for you to improve your creative thinking skills. And creativity is one of those essential skills for all you writers out there, and it even proves advantageous for other industry professionals.