Through the wonders of the internet, Leslie Bohem and I connected when I was guest editor for Midnight Echo. I loved his story, and discovered that he used to be in a band called Sparks. I love Sparks!
Leslie writes movies and TV shows (Nightmare on Elm Street 5, Dante’s Peak, Daylight) and his insight into the writing process has helped me with mine. There is a practicality about some elements of what Leslie does that I reckon works across all realms of writing.
First he said, “Short answer: What seems to work best for me is to stop thinking about it.”
Then he followed up!
“The Creative Well – let me think. My day job as a writer is in the bowels of Hollywood where for the most part, the well is full of tropes and cliches, not creativity. Often the jobs are rewrites, or writing to order, so that I have to look no farther than the paycheck, Having said that, there are days, even in this artistically bankrupt universe, when I’ve got nothing. In that world, when I’m blank, i simply write the simplest, most direct version of what it is I have to do – in the movies and television, we use outlines and cards – and while these take all the fun and discovery out of the actual writing, they do provide achievable goals. “I just have to do cards three and four today.’
There’s a great interview with Leslie here , and check out his IMDB page for all his TV and movie work.