Sing Like Tim Robbins To Crush Writer’s Block

lalooshEvery baseball season, I watch Bull Durham.

The wisdom of the movie stretches far beyond the baseball diamond.

Take the scene of Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) chiding self-absorbed rookie Nuke LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) on the team bus.

Guitar-strumming Nuke attempts to sing Otis Redding’s Try A Little Tenderness. Crash interrupts, upset at the butchered lyrics. He tells Nuke to get it right.

As a writer, you need to get it wrong more.

Huh?

Nothing’s funnier, or more fascinating, than a devout, clueless person. Call it sincere stupidity.

Watch Archie Bunker mystify Meathead in an early All in the Family episode.

Quit wanting your characters to sound like perfect people.

Make them sound real.

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