You finished that screenplay yet? You should have, you loser.
"Oh, have I got your attention now?"When you're writing for a TV series or are under contract with a company or studio, deadlines are imposed and enforced. And there's really no decent excuse to 'not close'. Not to mention there's usually the bonus of a paycheck waiting for you at the end of the day.
But when you're in between gigs or writing a spec and thus have nobody but yourself to look to for motivation, it's very easy to slack off. Writing screenplays is hard work.
Writing screenplays for free or on spec is even harder.
And when there's no hard and fast deadline (like...we shoot next week) hanging over your head to help push on through to the end, you can always find something else more important to do.
Always Be Closing.
You want to complete that script and get it out there, right? To try to get it made. To try to sell it even. To get them to sign on the line which is dotted. But first you have to finish it.
"You close or you hit the bricks, pal."Those who know me know I'm not a big fan of bullies, but occasionally some tough love is necessary. So whenever I'm procrastinating through another day or spending too much time mulling the next story turn or act break or dialogue line in my latest spec, I like to watch this scene from Glengarry Glen Ross and imagine Alec Baldwin's Blake is some showrunner or studio exec or agent or manager talking at me.
It's not fun to listen to in that context, but it does tend to light a fire under my ass.
So whatever your 'coffee', put it down right now. Then pull up the chair, and type until you write 'FADE OUT.'
Cuz coffee's for closers.
There's a transcript of the memorable scene HERE.