Every month, we ask members of the collective to contribute to the BTFC Artist Series by providing original content and sharing their personal journeys with our readers. From missteps to triumphs, and everything else in between, we follow the stories of resident Black Artists working to make a name for themselves in the television and film industry.
Writing, writing, writing…… This is mental torture.
On a good day I’ll have seven free hours to write. Of the seven, five are spent daydreaming or staring at the screen, and envisioning what I wish the script would be like. That leaves me with two. Another hour is spent surfing online. The last hour? Writing. To be more specific — of my 7 hours, about 35 minutes actually produces GOOD WRITING. But for me right now, that’s what it takes. Now, I write all the time in my head but those scenes are always so much better in my head. So those seven hours may produce a good four pages that I’m proud that I wrote. Is it a waste of time? Maybe to some, but to me, it’s what’s necessary.
Now, there are those magical days when I’ll sit down and everything I write I like … at least that day I do. Those days may happen once every two weeks and usually occur after a weekend of not writing at all. I’ll get so excited to be in front of the screen that I’ll pump out five pages in two hours. I had a girlfriend that would see me staring at the blank page and ask: “What are you doing?” I’d say “Writing.” She didn’t understand that the hardest part is putting the words on the page. To her I was just wasting time staring at the screen.
Writing is a battle, and in no way is it easy. But here’s a trick I learned: WRITE REGARDLESS OF THE SITUATION. If you think it sucks or that it’s mumbo jumbo – just write. The next day you may hate it but you’ll at least feel like you’ve accomplished something. Please believe it when I tell you: The. Feeling. Of. Accomplishment. Works. Wonders. For. Your. Psyche!
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Hailing from New Jersey, Robert McBride began writing from the age of seven, where he was selected into a creative writing program during his formative years in school. Since completing his first screenplay, A Common Life, at the age of twelve, Robert has written and sold several scripts and is currently running the screenplay coverage service, The Shooting Script.