Hey, everyone. It’s Michael Jamin again. I want to talk to you about writer’s block. I hear this a lot from people, that they get a third of their way through the script, and they just lose interest and they don’t know what to do next. Suddenly, it’s not fun to write; and that’s it, they stop writing. Maybe they feel they’re blocked.

The truth is, you’re not blocked. Writing still can be fun. The problem is you do not know what your character wants, and you’re not clear on what your character wants. If you don’t know what your character wants, then how you are going to come up with the next scene? It’s just unclear, right? Or maybe your character has too many wants. They want to do this, this and this and this. And now the character is paralyzed because whatever. They have just too much they want to do, and now they’re not doing any of it.

This is something I go over a lot in the course, which is figuring out what your character wants; because once they know, it’s very clear what the next step in the script is. You just keep throwing up obstacles in front of them, and the character has to get around them because they want to get to what their goal is. So that’s hugely important.

I don’t believe you’re blocked. I think you’re just not clear on that.

Michael Jamin, Showrunner, TV Writer, Author

Michael Jamin

For the past 26 years, Michael Jamin has been a professional television writer/showrunner. His credits include King of the Hill, Beavis & Butthead, Wilfred, Maron, Just Shoot Me, Rules of Engagement, Brickleberry, Tacoma FD and many more.

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