Developing Creative Discipline – part 3

June 24, 2020
Bob Eckhard

Hi all,

I wonder what comes to mind when someone suggests that you should  ‘Think Outside of the Box?’

Personally, I have no problem with going off on a tangent as I’m a bit quirky like that – though I can be a  bit of a stickler in regard to other things. Actually, we’re all a mix of creative spontaneity and necessary discipline in our writing, day, week, job, whatever. (Or at least we should be!)

If you read last week’s post, you may remember how I devised a system for keeping me true to the tasks and targets I set myself for each day – a magnetic board in which I challenge myself every day to complete  the tasks on it – if you haven’t read it, you can find it by clicking here.

One thing that has come out of using this device is that I am far more organised – particularly with tasks that I often avoid- usually things like admin-related tasks, following up emails, updating my LinkedIn and website to record what I’m doing and working on in case anyone should visit. And can I say, if you haven’t got a website where people can find you and your work, you should make that a priority!

A useful idea that popped into my head (though I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this) is I have taken to highlighting new additions of work in a different colour on my ‘current page.’ See it by clicking here.

Having an up to date portfolio of produced projects, work in progress and competition placings in that order (big thanks to Alison Clapham for advising me on this) shows any visitor to your site or Linkedin page or whatever, that you are approaching the task of being a screenwriter professionally.

Okay, til next week!


NB The cost of a website domain and host shouldn’t be too prohibitive. That said, much better to learn how to  do it yourself rather than pay someone to build and update it regularly for you – which will definitely be more expensive!


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