10. Do not read this blog.
9. Do not take your hands off your writing utensil.
8. Do not think about where your writing is going.
7. Do not pass Go. Go directly to Jail.
6. Do not ignore my effing instructions! Print out this structure map and fill it in with your major plot points. Seriously. If you can do that, move onto drawing up an outline, and from there your scenes. But if you cannot fill in the blanks, stare at this map until you figure out the route your story must take.
5. Do not waste your time. Use it to your advantage.
4. Do not forget your art.
3. Do not forget your craft.
Remember that screenwriting is born out of the ancient oral tradition of telling campfire stories. To hook cavemen into sitting down quietly and listening to you yabber on for an hour requires great skill, and a certain amount of calculation. That is your craft. The logic element. Think of the contents you want to put in your basket as your art, and the basket as your craft. It is what holds everything together.
2. Do not forget yourself.
Now is maybe a good time to journal. Reflect on your day, your week, your overall existence and experience with the human condition…that sort of thing.
1. Do not Google yourself.