My name is Thomas 'TomSka' Ridgewell ... and I have writers block
My YouTube channel has an audience of over 1,500,000 subscribers and I’m struggling to entertain them.
Since my creative partner passed away in March 2012 I haven’t been able to write entertaining dialogue between characters. I can still come up with ideas, jokes and narratives but I just can’t make them speak. If you follow my work, you may have noticed that almost every video released since last March has followed almost exactly the same writing structure; one that allows me to just execute jokes without actually having two characters interact with each other.
I need your help.
If you’re an aspiring/established comedy writer then I’d like to offer you the opportunity to get your words and your name out there and make a bit of cold hard cash while you’re at it.
On this blog I’ll be posting sketch and show premises in the hopes of finding a writer who can bring them to life. The briefs will range in detail from entire narrative structures and set jokes to just basic plot lines.
Start your engines, comedians.
Oh, and download Celtx too ;D
How To Overcome Writer's Block
Sit there for a few minutes, staring at your blank Microsoft page as the cursor clicks in painfully slow time against your anxious fingers, tense, curled above the keys. Try to think of a word, a phrase or a character that might compel you. Wait for the rush of thoughts that wind your mind, driving you—forcing you—to write. You fail. You don’t think of anything besides a few cheap clichés. Inhale and tell yourself that you will get something down on the page. Write a sentence. Maybe two. They’re shit. You stop. Tap anxiously against the desk. Wonder why you can’t find the words, especially when you are flooded with feeling. You decide not everything can be put into words, and you’re satisfied with that resolve for a few seconds of false security until your frustration overcomes you, and you know you just want to write something beautiful.
You think about how you want your words to intricately lace together into complex patterns of masterful designs and paint vivid images to instill in the minds and hearts of readers, but your words spew in coils of tangled masses, and when you try to touch them, you only deepen the knots. Take a deep breath. Get a glass of water. Step away from your laptop for a few minutes and talk to someone. Distract yourself. Forget about writing. When the day fades to black, lay in bed. Remember your unwritten words. Curse.
Roll out from beneath the covers, and stumble over to your laptop. Repeat the process. Finally, when you’re exhausted to a state of numbness, write. Write because you no longer filter your words, critique yourself or confine their freedom with the restraints of proper grammar or spelling. Don’t contemplate over which words you’re going to write next, over which verb you may have worn out with over-usage or switch your direction because your sentences have become redundant. Write because you know that revisions come later, you just need something to work with.
The bearing load of pressure to write well and descriptively lifts from your mind. Write the fresh and impulsive words. Let them scroll across the page. The once tangled thoughts slowly unravel themselves to create a delicate silhouette of words. Perhaps it’s not impressive to anybody else, but to you, to see your thoughts naked and pure, cracking fissures in the barrier of your tentative consciousness with bursts of passion, without dolling them up or altering them to suit the perceived taste of anybody else’s standards, is all too beautiful.
That’s where your story begins.