Film Courage: Writing every day, is this a myth or a must for an author?
Jennifer Brody: It’s kind of a must. I mean, I think that we go through different periods where we are incubating ideas or working on ideas. The thing I think about when having a regular writing practice is that it gets you into the mode of producing pages all the time. And I think also for me when I work into a story, I’m in the world of the story and I’m always kind of walking around in that world. And so it’s a much more seamless process when I go to sit down to work.
If I take a few days off and go back, it takes time to work back into the story for me. So I lose time just by being out of it and then coming back in. So I think writing everyday will help with that because it keeps you in the story. And keeps you moving through it. But I also always say, it’s amazing how the amount of time you spend writing actually equals more pages. It’s not like people think there is some crazy formula to it. I’m like “No, it really is time-in-equals-time-out.” And some days are going to be better writing days than others. So it’s not to say that every day you sit down you’re going to have this amazing output.
Some writers have word counts that they do per day. I have never done that for myself. A lot of times it is just giving yourself permission to write what we call (well, I won’t say) The Crappy First Draft or The Bad First Draft.
So you kind of free yourself from the perfectionism that is really what Writer’s Block is. Writer’s Block is really feeling the perfectionism and thinking that writing will be not as…(Watch the video on Youtube here).
About Jennifer Brody:
Jennifer Brody’s award-winning novel The 13th Continuum sold to Turner Publishing in a 3-book deal and is being packaged into a feature film. The book is a Gold Medal Winner (Young Adult – Sci-Fi/Fantasy) from the Independent Publisher‘s Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Return of the Continuums and The United Continuums complete this epic trilogy. Born in St. Croix, USVI and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, she now lives and writes in LA.
Jennifer is a graduate of Harvard University, a creative writing instructor at the Writing Pad, and a volunteer mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation. She founded and runs BookPod, a social media group for authors. She’s also a board member for the non-profit short story writing competitions the Roswell Award and the Tomorrow Prize.
After studying film at Harvard University, she began her career in Hollywood. Highlights include working for Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and New Line Cinema, most notably on The Lord of the Rings films, The Golden Compass, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In 2008, she produced the feature film Make It Happen (starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Tessa Thompson) for The Weinstein Company. She is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
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RETURN OF THE CONTINUUMS: The Continuum Trilogy, Book 2
The United Continuums: The Continuum Trilogy, Book 3
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