When I'm writing, and I mean really writing, not almost writing or trying to write -- when I'm really onto something, I go into shut down.
I was never really aware of it previously, but now I've been thinking about it (I'm currently writing a 1st draft of a screenplay), my life virtually goes into shutdown mode.
I get distracted watching movies, I get short and moody around friends --- the only thing that works for me is writing.
Not that the writing is always flowing. Sometimes it's not, yet my mind fixates on the story, on the world I'm creating.
Right now I'm finding I write best in coffee houses. I have a specific one I go to. But only certain tables work for me. The good tables all share traits: privacy, electric supply, a mystical aura!
I like chatter around me; but not loud people, not film industry people, and not Americans. I hate Americans in coffee houses.
This morning I had a bad table, and a group of loud Americans talking about a film project. I couldn't focus, so I went and watched a movie. But I couldn't focus on that.
I did the thing I hate other people doing: checked emails. But I was hidden down in the front row and no-one could see me. I got an email about another project, about how it's definitely going ahead. My brain focused on that momentarily but then back to my script.
And I'd arranged to meet a friend at 4 which bugged me because I needed to write. Then she flaked out, and I was nowhere. But I went back to my writing zone and got onto it. And the pages flew by and characters came to life.
And this is the best writing I've done. Whether producers will feel the same I don't know, but by my own barometer, I'm rocking it.
I'm three quarters through the screenplay. This is where all scripts go bad. I took a walk to Trafalguar Square, stared out at the tourists and saw how the script will end.
Tomorrow I'll continue. Same place, same time. No choice but to write.
The rest of life fades from focus. I'm not a great friend or family member during this. I can only stomach supportive people; the ones who get me. The rest can too easily shake me out of creativity. I've learned that the hard way.
Creativity is about the art, but its equally about learning how to reach a flow state, how to block out the world and do what you do. And this is a spec screenplay, an idea I had, I'm not being paid to write it. So I have the pressure. You hold on to the belief that you work now and get paid later.
This is me and if you see me typing away, think twice before talking to me :p