• Sean LaFollette

I Found Time To Write And So Can You

The Failed Filmmaker Writing
Finally Writing That Screenplay

There never seems to be enough time in the day. It certainly never seems to be on our side. But, trust me when I say this, it’s all in your head. There IS plenty of time in the day, you just fail to properly utilize the time you’re given. I have found several ways to make the best use of my time and get done the important things. When you have a goal and it means the world to you, you will find the time.

Like many of you, I have a full time job. Got to pay the bills you know? It’s because of this fact, that time can seem elusive as I navigate each day. From the hours of 8 until 5:30, my day is seemingly shot. So where does one find the time? How the fuck am I supposed to sit for hours at a time and focus on writing a screenplay? When is the best time of day to write?


Currently, it’s 5:00 AM. Yes that’s right, I got my ass up before the sun to stand on an apple box and fucking preach to you about finding time to do things, like writing. Why? Because, that's my process. That’s how I find some time in my day. Beautiful, uninterrupted time. It’s quiet, I’m rested and this coffee is fucking delicious.

I choose to write in the mornings for a number of reasons, two of which are, it’s quiet and it’s some of the only uninterrupted time I get in a day. Aside from those facts, I find that my brain works best in the mornings. Fully rested and with a clear mind, I am operating at my best. So from the hours of 5 to 7, you can find me sipping coffee and typing away on the old keyboard. This is my norm. This is my every day. Yes, every fucking day. I choose to win the morning, so I can win the day.

Well Sean, that’s just fucking great for you. I CAN’T write in the mornings. I have kids that need me to get them ready for school. I have a job and work in the mornings. I’m not a morning person.

Okay, calm down. Life that gets in the way, I understand that, it’s a reality for all of us. So where are you supposed to find the time? Perhaps we can carve some out during the day?


We all get a lunch break don’t we? Well, I don’t know about you but I can certainly eat my rice and beans (I’m vegan) and work at the same time. I’m THAT talented and I’m positive you are too. Now, why would you want to forfeit the joy of your meal by working through lunch? Because, you’re buying yourself some time. Remember, we want to make time for the important things. Food isn’t important, it’s necessary.

By working while I eat, I save that precious hour of time to go off and write. Not only is it a great use of time, you’ll find it breaks up the day nicely. You get to switch gears and work on something you enjoy. Something that makes you happy. Something that will help progress you towards your goals.

Sean, this is a fucking joke. My lunch break doesn’t work that way. This is unrealistic. You don’t know me.

I agree, I don’t know you. This isn’t about you, you narcissistic loon. It’s about MY process. It’s about how I find the time. It’s about ME. I’m trying to help you realize that YOU can find the time too. I want to help you.

Wait...So, this is about you?

Fuck it, I don’t know.

Let’s move on.


Are you a night owl? Do you have the most time in the evenings? Did you just put the kids to bed and finally have time to yourself? DON’T turn on that fucking television. This is it. This is YOUR time. This is the moment you shine and can help to make your dreams more of a reality. Take use of it, you’ll thank yourself later and feel more fulfilled than watching television. Don’t squander the time you have.

I sometimes write for about an hour in the evenings. Typically, for me, it’s immediately after work. I quickly switch gears from my day job, to my dream job.


The point here is that everyone’s life is different, I understand that. My schedule will NOT work for everyone. It’s not a plug and play solution and it’s not supposed to be. What I want you to realize is that you can find the time in your day. You just need to sit down and figure out where it is and what will work.

Write in the mornings, at lunch, at night, during breaks, or even on weekends. A lot of writing is just thinking about what you want to write. You can do that thinking while on a walk, on a break or on your commute to work. Utilize the time you have. It’s there, you just have to push yourself to find it. Make your goals and dreams a priority. It’s hard work but worth it. You’ll feel more satisfied and live a much more fulfilling life. FIND THE TIME. It’s there.

- The Failed Filmmaker






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