Its called a first draft for a reason TITLE SEQUENCE Hey Guys, It’s me Ita Ema and you are watching
Full Field, where we focus on the latest video trends and techniques and frame the conversation
just for you. I was talking to a friend of mine the other
day and I was explaining how I script the show. first off let me say thanks Misty for
giving me a new show topic. So, yeah, I actually write out and script
all of these episodes. I wish I could tell you that I just stand up here and if, but
it just ain’t so. I write everything up. Fortunately, I write the way I talk… more or less. Which
brings me to the topic I wanted to tell you about. When I’m writing a script or anything
really, I break the process into 2 pieces. There is the drafting phase and the crafting
phase. This is something I stumbled on a while back See when I sit down to write that inner critic
pops up and I get worried about getting everything exactly right and thought out. That really
isn’t conducive to the creative process. I cant create and edit at the same time. So
I force myself, or I gues you could say I give myself permission to do a brain dump.
This is the drafting phase. I just get it out of my head and on to paper. A lot of
times I will time myself. I say to myself, I say self… You have 20 minutes to write
as much as you possibly can as fast as you possibly can. I don’t care about typos. I
don’t care about grammar. I just write to get it out of my head And then you are free
to go do what ever your little heart desires. Then later I come back, as the editor, and
do the crafting phase. That’s when I clean things up. Fix the spelling mistakes and half-formed
ideas. And I am always pleasantly surprised that I don’t have to fix as much as I would
have expected. Well, except for the typos. Stupid typos. I know this may sound obvious, but I also
think that we tend to get in our own way. The smart part of us gets drowned out by the
not so smart part of us that thinks that we have to get everything perfect the fist time
through. But remember it’s called a first draft for a reason. So the next time you have
something that you have to write, I encourage you to give this a try. Just sit down and
tell yourself that it doesn’t have to be good, it doesn’t have to make sense, you jus t have
to spend the next ten minutes getting something down on paper. I think you be pleased with the result. So now I would love to hear from you. What
strategies do you use to get past that creative block? Tell me about it in the comments below.
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