#screenwriting #writer #screenplay
“……..while watching TALES FROM THE SCRIPT, I realized how similar writing is to martial arts.
Persistence, determination and belief in oneself are needed to finish any script or novel. Coincidentally, those qualities are also found in a martial artist.
Let’s compare the journeys:
MA: We train by repeating blocks, kicks and punches over and over until sweat drips from our bodies.
Writer: The first draft is never good enough, so we write it over and over, until our brain and fingers throb.
2. Fighting under pressure:
MA: Once you’ve trained hard enough, the moves become “muscle memory”. When under the pressure of fighting, we need our moves to occur without thought.
Writer: When you’re under a deadline, you need your words to flow effortlessly. That won’t happen if you spend your days procrastinating and not putting words down on paper (side note: the program Write or Die is fantastic at honing your writing-under-pressure skills).
3. Being tested by your Master:
MA: The test day for your next belt arrives. If you’ve practiced, your Master will know it and reward you. But if you haven’t, he can see it with one look into your eyes. There’s no way to fake being ready.
Writer: Every time you send out your work, you’re being tested. Are you prepared? Did you do as many drafts necessary to make it your best? Will your work be viewed as amateur or professional? Do you have the stamina to wait for, and then deal with, the feedback? It’s a test. It’s always a test.
4. Number one rule of fighting is to avoid a fight at all cost:
MA: Never, ever fight if you don’t have to. Only fight if it’s…..”