The TV Writer’s Mindset: Dealing With Procrastination, Blank Page, and the Muse (PT17)

The TV Writer’s Mindset: Dealing With Procrastination, Blank Page, and the Muse (PT17)

Alex and Nick tackle how to get into a TV writing mindset and actually finish that script.
We talk about the psychological side of writing and practical ways of dealing with procrastination, deadlines, and the muse.

How do you beat the blank page? How do you deal with procrastination? How do you stay accountable with your work?

The Paper Team starts the clock…



1 – Approaching writing or the myth of “the muse” (00:38)
2 – Time-management and procrastination (06:45)
3 – External and introspective factors (21:36)
Takeaways and Resources (28:46)


Parkinson’s Law
Pomodoro technique
Crave Cafe (Studio City)
Republic of Pies
Sublime Text
Fade In
Ig Nobel Prize
The Art of Procrastination – John Perry
The Most Dangerous Writing App
Nathan For You – “Dating Website/Party Planner” (2×07)
Pumping Iron


Time Timer MOD
Rainy Mood
The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

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Alex Freedman

I'm Alex Freedman, the writer behind TV Calling.

I started this site in 2008 to chronicle my own journey in television writing.

693 posts and 9 years later, TV Calling has also become a comprehensive resource dedicated to the full TV writing industry — from spec to success.

Everything here is written by yours truly (unless otherwise credited), so feel free to blame me for any missed deadlines.

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