There’s nothing more terrifying (to a writer) than the blank page, undeniably it is a fear most Writer’s suffer with. There it is in its crystal-clear white void ready to be tackled with word after word of amazing story and nuance.
It stares back at you, haunting your every thought as you put off your Screenplay for fear of a lacklustre scene to play out. It’s mostly an excuse, one that is inexcusable since the hurdle is only there because you can’t face writing whilst expecting to fail.
It’s knowing your scene, knowing what you want from it, where it’s going, who’s in it. It’s utter selfishness that pushes you to delve into your mind and spill it out on the page. The first step after knowing what you want is to write. It’s as simple as that. Even if it’s terrible, even if you hate what you’ve written – you have a starting point.
From that starting point you have a clearer picture than you did before, it’s magic, it’s editing, re-structuring, moving back & forth, tweaking, adjusting, discovering what it is that makes your scene. Scene’s can expand, moving through different setups, continuous moments, or just as you imagined it before clicking away.
The fear is traumatic, you put it off, you work on anything but your screenplay. Sometimes you have to face the demon head on, ignore distraction it tempts you. Once you find your groove, the story can grow naturally, from one sentence can uncover elements you never thought of before, growing into following scenes, moments, characters, interactions; the list goes on.
In the process of writing, it’s not, write and write and write. The scope of a film is to know where it goes, the preparation/research is key to that. Which is another hurdle, but one that is less daunting than the challenge of the blank page.