Laurence Coriat is a well known screenwriter who has been a guest at Pustnik two times by now and is returning this year again. Below a short interview with Laurence about all things screenwriting.
Laurence, do you believe in writer's block? If so, how do you surpass it?
For me it comes down to a psychological thing: how to handle crippling self doubt. If the blank page remains blank then there is no way of moving forward; you have to be brave and start writing something on that page, even if it’s not good, it’s a start. You have to start somewhere and build from there.
If the block goes on for too long and it becomes a crisis, I talk to a good friend, trying to articulate and understand where the block is coming from. For me, brainstorming with someone helps.
Have you ever felt like giving up screenwriting? If so, how have you overcome this idea?
Yes, I have had the thought of quitting; screenwriting can get frustrating because of the length of time it takes for projects to get developed and made. To overcome it, I try to get some perspective by talking to my friends, I think it is important to have a support system. Sometimes something particular happens from the outside world, that changes my perspective – like a phone call, an e-mail, a new project.
How should a writer convince herself/himself to keep going?
It’s important to know you are not alone. Everyone is different and it’s tough for each one in various ways, depending on who they are. Find a way to enjoy the process as it is a long one, it can take years.
What projects are you working on now?
I am working on developing my own original TV series and on a feature film for one of the directors I worked with before. And I’m also working with one writer/director who was at the residency last year and whose project I mentored after Pustnik was over.
In a few words, how would you describe your experience at Pustnik in the last two years?
I found Pustnik very inspiring. I love the mix of different cultures in the participants and the way writers cand come and write for ten days in this magical place, that offers a space for exchanging ideas and talking through each projects’ isssues in a trusting atmosphere. I found it very liberating and condusive to creativity.
Pustnik Residency will be held between the 2nd and 10th of September at Portul Cultural Cetate. Submissions are now closed and participants will be announced by mid June.