Being a writer, in any form, isn’t easy peasy.
When I wrote my first script, I thought I’d never finish—so much writer’s block on the way! But I love blocks, they are the best thing that could ever happen to a writer. They help you come up with very unpredictable ideas and twists that help make the script, as a whole, gold.
Although, some say it’s important to write with a schedule, like writing a page a day, and in 3-6 months (ideally), you have your manuscript, that doesn’t stop you from having a block of weeks.
However, for me, I was so eager to finish my own story that I fast-forwarded my writing, and engaged in a “5-page-a-day” schedule (with brief blocks). I finished my first story in 16 days.
There’s a little problem.
Problem is, when you’re done with your first draft, which could take 2 weeks to 3months (maybe), the redraft, could take the rest of the year or more! That’s where the real writing starts. And it’s always like that. It has to be like that. If not, it’s not well written; it can’t be well written.
This probably answers the question of why Nollywood movies have soggy narratives.
We have writers whipping up scripts in a week or two. Who can’t? Everyone can. The real discipline is waiting so long to have the script perfect, observing every meaningful moment as it should be. You need to take your script on a ride. Show the world. Hear their take on it, and use it to improve your write-up.
Then, again, Nollywood pays crap for scripts. Why would a writer spend more than 2 weeks on a script if he’s not going to buy a brand new car after a script sale?
Read about one awesome method of escaping writer’s block HERE.
Isedehi Aigbogun, also known as ISD, is a staunch academic, holding a B.A., M.A., and PhD (in view) in English Language.
She’s a Screenwriter, Screenplay Analyst, Consultant, and Film Scriptic.