Director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s” James Gunn went to Facebook on Monday to give a writing tip to creative minds and fans for those who had been asking the director and screen writer what they can do to improve their writing goals. Gunn reflected on his past writing prowess, stating the he would always start a novel, script, or film only to have some kind of distraction intervene.
Gunn ascertained that he never thought it was him that was part of the problem and had been convinced it was the projects he was choosing. Apparently, he thought the bigger better deal was around the corner and would stop what he was doing and move forward with those ideas. This method looked to be not working for Gunn as he was thinking he would eventually come across “the” successful work of written art.
Later, an “ah-ha” moment came to mind and Gunn thought that he should attempt to finish the projects he started and seeing them through to completion. He realized that it wasn’t the projects he had been choosing at all and came to the conclusion whatever he didn’t complete, could may have well been a masterpiece.
Gunn realized it was simply fear that had stopped him from concluding his tasks. Mainly, a fear that he would give it his all only to have it bomb. That being said, the “The Belko Experiment” writer figured this is what he would have to do in order to reach his “artistic achievement.”
From then on, Gunn brought forth some serious tenacity by wreaking havoc when it came to his projects by starting and finishing them. Gunn stated:
“It’s what transformed me from a wannabe, kinda writer into an actual writer.”
It was also mentioned that it wasn’t really the “connections” you had that helped you garner achievement, but a “natural ability and experience and personality make up” which would be the goal to garner such success.
Gunn mentioned that as writers and directors one needs to be a self-starter in such an industry. He seems to ascertain this is a way to build experience by having proof in writing and that seeing it to the end is what matters most.
“You learn a lot more about writing from completing a screenplay than you do from writing the first thirty pages of ten screenplays.”
Gunn also talked about that by finishing what was started would help a writer determine if they would really want to continue on that path. There is something that can be said for giving it a shot, trying, and seeing such an objective to the very end.
A couple of days ago, Gunn even gave a “pro writing tip” by editing one’s works by using green ink. This is a color that he prefers given that it “invigorates” him. He also prefers black ink is harder to locate when doing edits, blue can be bland, and he considered red to be harsh. Gunn gave a screen shot of such an example and the Drax character name synonymous with “Guardians of the Galaxy” was seen crossed out with green ink. It could just be sheer coincidence that the aforementioned pen color is the same color as Drax.
Gunn then mentioned in his Facebook post that he wasn’t sure why he did what he did on his social media page, but did cite that it likely had to do with a conversation the previous weekend. He then said, “But enough of Facebook for me, as I have a project I need to get to finishing.”