Though it may seem as if this post is coming a few weeks late, it is actually arriving early: My new year’s resolutions begin February 1st.
Why start the resolutions in February? For one, it makes them more like 11-month resolutions, which seem far more doable, even though the commitment has only been reduced by a month.
For another, I’m always late with my resolutions. (“Make resolutions on time” will go that on next year’s list.)
So if you haven’t made your resolutions for the new year – or already fallen off the wagon – perhaps one of these will catch your attention and you can join me in February.
Script Doctor Eric’s 2012 Screenwriting Resolutions
1. Write for at least 30 minutes every day – Set a timer, put on headphones, make it happen.
2. Exercise – Not very original, but it really keeps the body (and mind, which is in the body, it seems) healthy and active. I’ll start with 20-30 minutes every-other day. I prefer jogging, swimming, punching a bag, and yoga-ing.* Not at the same time.
3. Read more poetry – Can help in writing dialogue. Seriously.
4. Read more good screenplays – One a week, to start.
5. Watch more movies – In 2010, I saw over 40 movies released that year. In 2011, the number was past 50 (list is forthcoming). This year I’m shooting for sixty.
6. Read novels – Apparently you can learn from great prose.
7. Eat more vegetables – This should probably be higher on the list.
Do those make sense?
And more. Stay tuned.
* Yes, yoga, what did you expect? It’s LA.