I’ve been thinking about how powerful some of the simplest writing exercises can be. Here’s one – do try this at home:

It’s called Use It.

First, ask yourself how you feel.

Use it.

Whatever you’re trying to write – give that feeling to one of your characters.

If you’re feeling negative, make one of the characters in your scene negative. Have her procrastinate, dwell on her problems, complain…

If you’re feeling on top of the world, make her happy, creative, powerful…

Now look around you.

Pick something you can see and put that in the script too. A diary, a teddy bear or a ten pound note. Use it. See how it brings life to the scene.

Use the moment.

Have fun.