Try not to dwell on the “odds” of making it. Use that fear and worry and channel that energy into your craft. You can’t control luck or even talent. You can control the quality of the work you create.
I decided to add a new blog entry each week, briefly outlining what I’ve accomplished each week. Sometimes it’s nice to look back and see what I’ve accomplished – to see it in writing. I will usually do this on Fridays.
I’ll title it “Weekly Progress Update” so if you’re not interested (and I won’t be offended if you’re not!) you don’t have to click on it.
Well, it’s Monday, so this brief report is for last week. And it was a big week for me! I FINISHED the latest draft of my WIP, a comedy screenplay currently titled SOLO POWERED. This was a big accomplishment for me, and came not a moment too soon. I’m definitely burning out on this story (I really do hate when that happens), but I’m proud of myself for sticking it out this long. Some stories seem to flow easy – but this one’s been a struggle the whole way. It’s an immense relief to me to have this draft done. I don’t plan on even looking at it for at least two weeks. I hope I miss it by then…
After finishing a novel, screenplay, or other project, take a break if needed or desired. Then get to work on the next project while waiting for feedback on the first. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and it will make any rejections of the first project hurt less, since you are already emotionally invested in the new project.
When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go. – Carol Burnett
Be sure to network with all kinds of Wannabes. You’ll learn from those who are more advanced than you are, you can help those just starting out, and you’ll find out from all of them that you’re not alone in your struggle.
Today’s article is reprinted with permission from children’s author Dallas Clayton. He wrote a book for his son about the idea of dreaming big and never giving up. He published it himself, putting it online where it became a runaway success. He is now a successful author who travels the world, reading to children. He even started a Foundation that gives away one book for every book that he sells. The foundation was formed in an effort to promote children’s literacy by encouraging kids to dream and dream often. Books are delivered directly and distributed to schools, hospitals, libraries, camps and shelters both domestically and worldwide.
For more information on working with The Awesome World Foundation, or to find out how you may qualify to receive books for your school or cause, you may visit Dallas’ website.
Click here to read Dallas Clayton’s article on How to Write a Kids Book (and publish it, and try to sell it, and all that other stuff, too)
I think you end up doing the stuff you were supposed to do at the time you were supposed to do it. – Robert Downey, Jr.
If someone gives you “notes” on a writing draft or performance piece, it doesn’t mean you are bad at what you do. Professionals, as a rule, do not waste time giving advice to people they think have no talent. If someone gives you notes, it often means they like what they see and they want to see it get even better.
Like many writers, I always have a soundtrack to fit different parts of my story as I write. My current WIP (work in progress) is called SOLO POWERED, and it’s the tale of a group of headstrong singles who take on a group of bridezillas as they compete for their own cable reality show.
Just for fun, here’s my soundtrack:
The Princess Who Saved Herself (Jonathan Coulton)
Don’t Treat Me Bad (Firehouse)
Owner of Lonely Heart (YES)
We’re Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister)
Dancing With Myself (Billy Idol)
Single (Natasha Bedingfield)
Never Gonna Be Alone (Nickelback)
Conquest (White Stripes)
You Give Love a Bad Name (Bon Jovi)
Good Girls Go Bad (Cobra Starship)
What’s on your soundtrack?