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So, uh...yeah. That's The Swamp, and that's where I am. By the way, Jen calls it The Swamp because in her first screenplay there was literally a swamp at the place where she got stuck.
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There's a swamp in every single creative project, a place where we're suddenly struck with quicksand-like self-doubt. It takes every ounce of positive thought and determination to not let yourself get pulled under. Sometimes you have to doggie-paddle in place to keep yourself afloat for a while. Sometimes it takes copious amounts of cookies and chocolate and pie to keep the alligators at bay.
The thing about The Swamp is that you can't really fight your way out of it. You have to write your way through it.
And maybe it takes rewriting the same scene over and over and over, but eventually you'll realize that the third new version of that scene does work, and your decision to cut that particular character out was the right one, and your writing actually isn't crap. The sun will shine through the trees, the alligators will slink back down into the mud, and you'll find yourself on solid ground again.
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