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It is important to remember these things when writing:

  1. We all have days when we cannot write. Sometimes it’s better to just accept it and leave it, rather than trying to force yourself to write, only to come back to it the next day and have to get rid of it and start again. If you’re really struggling to write, have a day off. These things happen.
  2. Some days will be more productive than others. One day you might write fifty pages, another day you might only write one. And that’s okay.
  3. Be true to yourself. Write what you know, tell the truth, don’t write what you think other people want to read. Tell people what they want to read.
  4. Don’t underestimate your audience. If you’re writing for them, they’re at least as smart as you.
  5. Do, however, run your script by people. Get people to look at it, see if it makes sense.
  6. Don’t get too precious. If you need to change a joke or delete a scene, then do it. Skim the cream off the top and don’t worry about the rest. You want half an hour of good rather than four hours of mediocre.
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