As a screenwriter, some of the most common questions we ask each other are “What’s your writing schedule like?” or “How do you make yourself sit down and write?”.
I don’t have a schedule. I procrastinate and then write whenever I have an idea or feel like writing. The biggest help I can give you is this: Make Stuff. There’s a sort of problem with storytelling in some of the stuff I’ve seen and read. That is that is doesn’t have the best story flow. I mean, that the dialogue doesn’t sound conversational. Another issue is that there doesn’t seem to be a real beginning, middle, or end. The only way for a creator to fix this is to make stuff.
Make a short film with your friends. Put it on YouTube or even just save it for yourself as a home video. The point is to make a story whether its with friends, yourself, action figures, whatever. Just make something. Film yourself saying your dialogue and do a cringe test. Does it sound terrible to you?
It doesn’t matter if you release it, if it looks nice, or if it makes you famous. This is a muscle building exercise. You need to be able to master a story’s flow and the only way to do that is to try and fail and try again at making stuff.
Go film a bunch of landscapes. Write a short story, don’t stress over it, but just put something down. Get a friend to help film it. It doesn’t even have to be edited, just create something.
AUTHORS! Keep your creative muscles stretched by just writing a brief short story to practice different tones or to jot down ideas for a book. You don’t have to publish it.
Journalists! Write short pieces on things going on in your life or someone else’s. You don’t have to release it.
Cinematographers! Go out and film some cool shots and save them.
Editors! Make just a fan made trailer out of some clips on the internet.
The point is to just go out and make stuff in order to stretch your creative muscles and keep you active creatively. When you do this, your projects that you want to publish will become better. I guarantee it.