How To Schedule Your Screenwriting Time (For Better Writing and More Fun)

Stop freaking out! Learn the best way to manage your writing time and energy for the best results.

There’s never enough time, it seems to do everything, partly because most of us are trying to do everything. Looking at everything you want to accomplish at one time is an easy way to get overwhelmed.

What are some of the things I should be doing with my time as a screenwriter? To move your writing career forward you may have all of these on your to do list:

Screenwriter to-do list

  • New scripts
  • Finish previous scripts
  • Enter contests
  • Rewrites
  • Networking
  • Send query letters
  • Research producers
  • Read scripts
  • Watch movies
  • Market myself
  • Social media
  • Get feedback on my work
  • Attend classes and webinars
  • Meet and network with filmmakers and other screenwriters

All of these things are great to do, but which should you do first? When should you do it? And for how long? That many decisions may be overwhelming, so start with what you can control. You can control your time, and you can control your efforts.

Plan a screenwriting schedule

Most of us can use a helping hand to arranging and streamlining our schedules. We can do this with a strategy that works best for when we work best, and committing to it by putting it on our calendar or day planner. Schedule screenwriting on your calendar.

You’ve probably heard that the journey of a thousand miles begin with one step, well so too does your next script of thousands of words begin with a single word. But it begins before that – when you think about the work, sit down, clear your schedule, and plan it out. So to that list above of things you need to do, add plan my time. Before you sit down and start writing, DECIDE what you are going to do. Planning your screenwriting in advance helps you stay focused. DECIDE how long you are going to write and what you are hope to accomplish. When you’re done, give yourself a pat on the back for doing what you promised yourself you would do.

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