the writing process

Of all the things I have been involved in over the years I believe I like writing the best.

Writing Spot
Pondering on it

For example… I sat down last night with a piece of dialogue in my mind. Witty. Clever. Laconic. Next thing I know I’ve written nearly ten pages of a scene that wasn’t even in my thoughts before I sat down.

Writing is like that.

When I wrote “Smothered” it had marinated in my mind for years (two decades at least) which meant that when the missing piece showed up (the part about why in the world a group of serial killers would ever go camping together) all it took was sitting down and the script began pouring out of my fingers.

The process also includes “thinkin’ on it for a spell.” I like this part because I get to sit and ponder. I usually talk to myself and start by saying “So… this guy has a problem that he needs to solve in a big hurry. But he…”

Must look a little strange sitting there in my chair with my cigar and a nice draft talking to myself but hey… that’s part of the creative process.

If you’d like to read the screenplay for Smothered it’s available over to the right under “All things Smothered.” It will take you to PayPal and you’ll have to fork over $20 bucks but it’s worth it. “Smothered” is a fun script. Be careful though because the language is atrocious! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Here… I’ll make it easier for you. CLICK HERE if you want to buy the script and give it a read. (It will come to you via email BTW. NOT a hard copy).

As we continue to make more movies I will do my best to keep the scripts available for download. Some of my business partners frown on that practice but I think it’s great because you actually get an education of the filmmaking process here on my site. Right?

I am off to ponder for awhile and then pen some witty, clever and laconic dialogue for a new screenplay. No telling what’s going to happen when I start typing!



33 thoughts on “the writing process”

  1. I love this show now n even then n i was even born back then now my kids loves this show especially the racing espoides and definatly bo was my favorite n still is i love u bo

    1. I do but find that it’s only a stumbling block. The best way to get over that issue for me is to change something that happened early on in the story. It seems more natural to change a characters original intent or the starting place of a plot than it is to try and force characters and stories into emotions and places that they wouldn’t naturally go.
      Complicated, I know. But try making your noble intentions selfish or vice versa when you find that a story isn’t working half way through. Works for me.

      1. When writing a screenplay, is it wise to include in the thought processes the possible costs to a production company for costuming the characters & creating the settings you’re putting them into?

  2. John, you know how to live — writing with a cigar and a draft beer! I, on the other hand, just have my guitar, a blank piece of paper, an old pencil…and a glass of water. But I do like the results I come up with. Wine, whiskey or margaritas come later! Have a great one!

  3. I purchased Smothered when it was first released. I’ll admit it isn’t my genre, but I was curious. Received it, read it in one go & enjoyed it. Looking forward to watching it. John, sit in that writing spot & ponder as much as you can, great things are coming from it.

  4. i want a autograph picture of you and tom and cathaine beach and uncle jesse by the general lee plaese thank you and i want it to say to kimmy from bo (aka) john schneider with love always thanks

  5. I just want to make a short commentary on John’s lifestyle. I read where Justin Bieber had gotten arrested in Miami – DUI and illegal drag racing. I remembered reading a lot about John Schneider at the same age, 19, where he was making a lot of money with TV, personal appearances, music, and loved racing too. BUT, John turned his energies to worthwhile causes. Races in which he participated were sanctioned and sponsored for good causes. He even bought and built John Schneider’s Celebrity Machine where he was able to drive all kinds of high-end, beautiful foreign cars without doing anything illegal. I’m sure John had many opportunities to do drugs as so many other young, rising stars did, but John has a personal ethic that he carries with him even today. I wish Justin had that same kind of inner strength as John has demonstrated over many decades to his family, friends, and fans.

  6. I loved reading this blog! I love to write myself. Nothing makes me happier than sitting at my computer and just letting it flow. Sometimes when I’m working or away from my computer for some reason I get an inspiration and I can’t wait to sit down in front of the screen and let my fingers take flight! (Although, at times my mind goes faster than my fingers.) I like to imagine it as a movie, sometimes even selecting who I’d like to play the roles. That helps me put it together and develop my characters. People ask me from time to time if I like to read. My response usually is that I like reading, but I’d much rather write the story myself. That quite often gets a conversation started. My writing is an outlet for me to release things inside me and give them a voice. To let that other person in there come out and explore!
    I was glad to see that you may make more of your scripts available. I was hoping you would. I really enjoyed reading ‘Smothered.’ Looking forward to what’s to come!

  7. so do you write scenes that arent part of any story yet , like i think of really fun dialogs but no story is in the works , or i wait till i have a whole verse before i sit and write a song,,,, do you keep bits and pieces for later to work into projects for later use, like a misc file?

    1. I normally get inspired to write the beginning and ending of a screenplay at the same time. I will then fill it in with ideas that come as a result.
      I will occasionally write a scene and put it aside but that’s not the norm for me. When that happens I usually find that it fits into one of those “Beginning and Ending” orphans that live on my laptop!

      1. John, I know you have been writing for a number of years. Will you ever make available: “7 Ways From Sunday,” “Shadow Chasers,” “Back Nine,” or other scripts/screenplays that have or have not been made into movies or TV shows? I would love to buy them; I believe other fans would enjoy them too.

      2. I would need to rewrite Seven Ways substantially for me to think it was up to the challenge. Could happen. I didn’t write Back Nine or Shadow Chasers (although that was a script I developed) so I can’t make them available. Could be that I will make the next ones available as they are produced but will have to check with distributor to make sure I am not violating any part of our agreement.

  8. Great job on your writing. The scripts you have done so far are great. I can wait to see Smothered. I hope they will show it in my area but if they do not how soon will it come out on DVD? I think you are going to have even more coming to your mind, so sit back and close your eyes. Great job and Good Luck.

  9. John no doubt that you are a very clever man and a great writer you have a good imagination and fantasy in that are related very well we hope you follow inspiring and writing exciting and interesting things that captivate like this that these developed further going well so I see

  10. John, I’m always so impressed with your blogs: you engage your audience, empower them with ideas, and excite them into wanting more! Keep up the great work and profound process of making thoughts come to life by melding your mind with your fingers!

      1. I really hope that you will think about writing a book. I’m sure you have at least two books in you, maybe three.You have so many devoted fans that would love to know more about your career and your life. Gotta go, the Dukes are on!

  11. You certainly have a gift for writing. I bought your manuscript of Smothered when it was first available. I was going to read it a bit at a time next thing I knew over two hours had past and I had read the whole thing. I can’t wait to see the movie and read future manuscripts. I recommend people who haven’t bought the manuscript yet to buy it. It’s great.

  12. The most difficult step for a writer is: Sit down with a blank sheet of paper and write the first word of an original and creative work…….but, in your case, the words flow more easily…..(but in this process, the cigar is the inspiration too, let’s not take away the credit…..)………. πŸ™‚

      1. One of my professors told me that your brain moves faster than your fingers. So you are correct when you wrote, “…get it written!” An editor can always go over the written document and clean it up or fix the typos and phraseology, but the writer needs to get those ideas into words in order to move on to the next thought without looking back over his or her work. You would make a great teacher for creative writing class!

      2. Sometimes stories have a life of their own as well. It’s up to you in the editing process to make sure that you don’t stray… or if you are that you are straying toward a better climax than you originally intended.

  13. I, too, enjoy writing the best, John, but in my case it’s songwriting. As a matter of fact, I’m working on a new song today! It’s called “Seasons” and I relate the 4 seasons to the way all beings generally feel at each stage of their life. I had the subject matter in mind for a few months, but the melody and chords came to me 1st as oftentimes happens. It’ll be finished soon. Can’t wait to see any of your screenplays come to life!

  14. You do not have to approve this comment, but maybe there is a way that you can write a message on the SMOTHERED SCRIPT via EZ autographs to the people that purchase it now. Might increase orders. (Example: Easiest- Not personalized just a generic message in your hand writing on the cover page.

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