Chapter One Again, and Again…

With the outline done to my yet-to-be-named novel I have moved forward to actually writing the second draft, this time in Scrivener rather than being hand written. I’ve rewritten my first chapter three times now and it still doesn’t pop the way I had envisioned it during the outlining stage. It has been rethinking the opening three chapters. The last two nights I’ve been working on a completely different idea for the opening chapter and I must say that it might work. It will take a couple of extra story points to bring it in line with the story that already exists, but it is the Hero Introduction I have been looking for.

They say repeating the same actions expecting a different result is the very definition of insane, but I see it as needed when it comes to writing. Writer’s Block is like a wall you have to get through and the only way to do that is to keep at it. Keep hitting it over and over again with different versions of the same thing until a crack forms in the wall. New ideas will widen the crack until you find the one that finally breaks through the Writer’s Block and gets you into motion once again.

Screenwriter Update: This blog started as a place where I can talk about screenplays as well as provide tips for screenwriters. Today’s tip has to do with other people’s screenplays. Last night I finished reading the screenplay for BIRDMAN (written by Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo). This weekend I will start reading the screenplay for WILD (adapted by Nick Hornby). If you want to write screenplays you need to read screenplays. If you need to find screenplays, head over to as they have a number of screenplays available for legal download.

Finally, I am in the planning stages of a new screenplay project that I will announce in the new year.

– Steve


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