Post-spring-break survival strategy

Judd Apatow's vomit draft approach will come in handy as copywriters struggle to gain a fingerhold back into work life after ten days of goof-off mode. Via In Focus magazine, here's a clip from the interview:


You told the WGA about writing what you call a "vomit pass" on your scripts. Could you explain this for the aspiring scenarists in our audience?

I read a book by Ann Lamott called "Bird by Bird," and in the book she talks about the "Down-Up Theory" "Get it down, then fix it up" and how you shouldn't judge yourself when you're writing your first draft. That should be a moment for pure creativity, and being too hard on yourself prevents you from finishing.

So I've taken that advice. I call it a "vomit draft," which means I try to write a first draft really fast and not judge myself and then I look at it and see what the hell happened, then deal with it in a more critical way.

Other people I worked with when I was a show-runner on TV shows could literally sit in a room and obsess for hours and hours over whether or not to put a comma somewhere. And you could see how much pain they were in as they were writing, because they were judging the work as they were writing it and that's impossible. I guess it's possible some people do it but those are the people that take a long time to write, or suffer through it.

Do they tend to burn out earlier?

I don't know. I just think it makes you write less. I read a lot about writing and how the brain works, and it's true that your brain is cut in half, and one half judges and one half is really creative and you shouldn't have 'em working together.

The full interview here:
Fun With Dick and Jane and Judd Uncut