1) You can stop doing the shot from on top of a spiral staircase now. It may even be possible to film someone going up stairs from a different angle.
2) If you want to make a movie about how a writer became a writer, you know what would be a good way to do it? Film The Blue Flower. It comes with ready-made good dialogue and plots that aren’t an uncomfortable imitation of the writer it’s about.
(These notes were not inspired by the same movie.)