Aspiring screenwriter confuses writer’s block with lack of talent

Tony Hansen was recently less than 86 pages away from finishing his first screenplay when a devastating case of writer’s block set in.

Or so he thought.

“Actually, he’s just a terrible writer,” said Hansen’s roommate and longtime friend Bob Nobles. “I mean the guy barely passed English at community college, and now he works at Starbucks. Which of those things qualifies him to write movies?”

Hansen, on the other hand, claims even the most prolific artists get stuck every once in a while.

“Someone told me Tolkien had writer’s block for like six months while trying to finish The Hobbit,” he said. “My writing style is a lot like his, so I just need to figure out how to plot my way out of it.”

Hansen’s screenplay, entitled Space Cops, is about an elite squad of law enforcement officers who patrol space in the year 2613.

“Half the squad is human and the other half is robots,” said Hansen. “The first eight pages are great…but I haven’t been able to break through with a new scene since early June. It’s your classic case of you-know-what.”

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2 responses to “Aspiring screenwriter confuses writer’s block with lack of talent

  1. Fascinating. Of course, Lynn Mamet once explained, there’s no such thing, just overthinking. I guess this makes him the great overthinker….

  2. Sounds like a cool concept. Finish it!!!

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