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Don’t let your circumstances be your excuse

It’s not the tools.

David Gane
David Gane
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I am writing this post on my phone while waiting for a prescription to be filled. Little kids are saying “wokka-dokka-gokka” repeatedly, and the loudspeaker keeps running ads. Not an ideal place like my office, on my regular setup, an iPad with an Apple keyboard.

When I started writing scripts, I wrote them in a coil notebook with a pen—no fancy scriptwriting software.

I’m maybe a pessimist because I expect things not to work. Therefore I practice with other tools that aren’t readily available, as opposed to my preferred means.

I think it was Stephen King who once said he’s always asked what pen he uses as if this holds his genius. The Moleskine brand has surely made money from writers buying it because a famous writer once used it.

I remember hearing of a famous writer who used to write on a corner of her table in the few quiet moments of housekeeping and kids. She made it work with limited tools. Or the one author who wrote a book on his smartphone while commuting to work on a train.

Don’t let your tools be your excuse as to why you aren’t doing the work. Or at least be honest that it’s not why you aren’t doing the work.


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Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.


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