Matt Shields at 2011-04-19 13:55:38:
I love this. I'm thinking it could help with the 'write what you know' dilemma which is:

Two of screenplays I've written are about the subject matter I know best yet are my most boring. I think because I know too much and can't let go of the minutiae.
Gregaria at 2011-04-19 14:12:58:
Along the same lines, I find that problem-solving for others is easier than problem-solving for myself. I don't know what it is, but often I can't think of a solution to a dilemma until someone else asks me to help them with it. Then I have all kinds of ideas. I don't know why that is, exactly, but it seems to be the case.
GooseRats at 2011-04-19 16:57:45:
One of my favorite lines from Mamet's "Heist" also applies to writing:

"I tried to imagine a fellow smarter than myself. Then I tried to think what he'd do?"
Billy Marshall Stoneking at 2012-09-07 00:04:58:
This is very much like the idea that I have been encouraging for years, working with screenwriting students. The dialogic of dramatic screen storytelling that requires the writer to alter his/her psychical distance to story by operating from different vantage points or perspectives, one of which is "audience", which is an act of the imagination. Read about it at
iheathen at 2014-08-06 16:39:26:
this is similar to something you just taught me through the scene-writing challenge. I found that with writing the prompt scenes, I wasn't personally invested in them, as they weren't my idea, they were a project - and as such for some reason I could just knock them out very easily, whereas story ideas I have come up with on my own, I labor over them for months if not years and can't write a single page of actual screenplay for them because I'm overthinking the whole thing. I'm now trying to turn the scene prompts into a way to outline the stories, and bang out scenes from there. Will see if it works!
Justin Boldaji at 2015-05-07 17:22:54:
"So the next time you start to develop a story idea or even write pages, why not adopt a different persona? Not you, but someone else responsible for being creative. That just might be the trick to freeing up your creativity." For ME, a big plus here is that it will be somebody else who writes something that sucks. So there's less pressure that way, too. :)
Scott at 2015-05-07 19:43:05:
Right you are, Justin. Hey, wherever these dumb writing tricks help, great!