The Outline, the Treatment, The Synopsis
Writing is about the most personal craft any artist can perform. It is always difficult for writers to separate the writing from themselves. If a writer is depressed, feeling blocked or angry, it is often reflected in the writing. On the other hand, a musician can be angry and still play the instrument, and a dancer can be depressed and still dance, without it affecting the art. Many screenwriters become blocked almost daily when they first start to write, especially if they're writing a new scene. One good way to get unblocked when people start to write is not to start writing a new scene. There are writers who have been working on their screenplay literally for years, are so stuck and blocked them feel trapped and immobilized. There are personal blocks that affect the work, blocks emanating from problems such as drinking, addictions, divorce, financial pressures, family dysfunction and conflicted relationships.