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The Dark Point: Why Are You Doing This Again?

Sometimes – let's face it – writing blows. There will come a day when you just can't handle it any more. Every line of dialog will sound like gibberish; every scene will feel wrong in a way you can't explain. Your concept will seem patently ridiculous, and even your own outline won't make sense. The very thought of sitting down to type will make your head hurt.

Just know that you're not alone. Not only is this normal, it's nigh on mandatory for every screenwriter on every project since the golden age of Hollywood. The Dark Point comes to us just as surely as it comes to our protagonists. And like them, we endure it, we push through it, and we grow stronger.

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