In a 24-hour world like ours, with much to do and less time to do it, what does an aspiring writer, artist, entrepreneur, social media guru, mime (yup, mime) do? How do they decide on attainable goals and then proceed down the road to fulfilling them? How?
Start with the right — then the left….
…absolutely that simple: start with putting one foot in front of the other. That’s what my husband always says. Do the things you can and don’t fret over the things you can’t.
I took his advice and guess what? After working at it all day, I finally got a log line I am pleased to show off for my screenplay, Goodbye Me! I’m going to start with you:
An overworked, self-pitying young mother struggles to keep it together after her husband’s sudden illness. Her life rapidly goes from simply chaotic to a living nightmare after a deceitful new friend’s sneaky stunt forces her to fight for her freedom and her family.
Now, for the next project — the rewriting of one of my novels (oh my goodness!). But wait! One foot in front of the other… Soon I’ll be showing that off, too!
Encouragement for you and me
Voice Of A Writer
The novel I am currently working on is entitled Quiet. My main character, Quincy Avalee has decided to no longer utter a single word. In fact she will not speak until twenty years later.
Her vow started in response to an aunt’s indiscretion but has grown into much, much more. It is her mantra, her means of connecting with the larger things of life and disconnecting with the small.
Quincy has stopped speaking to me as well. She is a very complex character and getting her story out, onto the page lately, has been a heart wrenching struggle, much like pulling teeth.
But as stubborn and strong willed as Quincy has proven to be, she has met her match. I will not give in and allow her story to go untold nor unexplored, it’s way too enriching. I shall continue to dig into the recesses of this imaginary person’s mind and get her truth out. It is incredible to me that even I, her very own creator, would have to endure the quietness of her tongue.
Ishmael Reed said ‘writin’ is fightin’. I must admit, there’s a rumble going on at my keyboard! And when it’s over, I’ll have my novel and Quincy will have a very special gift from yours truly – her very own story.
Hard fought words from the…
Voice Of A Writer
There is plenty of pressure to perform and do those things we must do in order to:
- Wear clean clothes
- Pass a class
- Clean our house
- Get a paycheck
- Have a finished product
- Finish reading that book
- Look presentable (as opposed to being unkempt)
- Ecetera, ecetera, you get the hint
But, oh how efficient it is! Pressure gets the adrenalin pumped and then there’s nothing to do but to do.
Now, true, there are some of us whose doing looks more like couch potato riding or fighting hot air. Say what you may — it’s still some kind of doing, some type of performing. Might be a sad, bad act, but nevertheless — something’s happening. The end result might not be so pleasant, but, possibly, over time, enough unpleasant results may cause new pressure and kick up the performance, changing it from a sad act to a determined act.
When we reach the point that a combination of laughter, sweat and tears is how we stare pressure down, we are in a good place. Why? Because we know then that the pressure is useful. It gets us revved up, causes us to dig deep and pull out things we probably could have never done absent of our pal, Mr. Pressure.
Pressure might sometimes appear heartless, but it sure can be good. One thing for certain, it will produce something; whether it’s a good something or not so good something. It will get it’s money’s worth and will have left something to show for it’s presence/trouble. Success or failure, it has a face.
With the help of pressure, we are given a nudge to go deep and pull out absolutely incredible, unique and unexpected gems; GEMS that we would have never known existed had there been a lack of pressure. Pressure’s alright. It let’s the genius out. Oftentimes it’s the ingredient that turns the just average or simply good into the … well — PHENOMENAL. When pressure comes… dig in deep, then enjoy the results!
Toast with me: To pressure — and what it produces!
Voice of a Writer.