We've interviewed a lot of screenwriters, and there's one thing they all have in common: they're extremely disciplined when it comes to their professional AND personal writing time. Even if a screenwriter is gainfully employed, they often treat their own writing time like a full-time job.
If you're struggling with your writing process, take some cues from the pros, such as Disney writer Ricky Roxburgh, who writes "Tangled: The Series" and works on other Disney TV shows regularly. Even I was surprised by his discipline and the amount of extra time he dedicates to his craft. But you know what? This is what it often takes.
No, folks, that is not a typo. That's a minimum of four and a half hours a day, or 1,638 hours a year. Yes, I'm counting. And, he's not giving us any excuses about not having enough hours in the day. With kids at home and a full-time job, he basically writes overnight.
Malcolm Gladwell famously said in his book "Outliers" that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert at something. For most people, that's ten years, but Ricky's rate can get you there in six. Imagine where your writing craft could be six years from now if you put in the time. There are sacrifices, yes, but also great rewards.
Nothing worth having is easy to get,