OVERCOMING THE CHALLENGES YOU SET FOR YOURSELF
The Summer of Screenwriting ends with this post. The journey is over.
It began as a simple challenge because I felt guilty. I felt guilty about the lack of effort I put into my screenwriting. I couldn’t find time to write. I thought I had lost the passion. It turns out, I was whining for no reason. I hadn’t lost the passion at all. I just let opportunities to write pass me by.
So I issued a challenge to myself. Finish a screenplay before Summer’s end. That gave me 3 months. In order to leave myself with no excuses, I decided to put this blog on hold and really focus on writing something to be proud of.
The day I finished the first draft of my screenplay was one of my proudest moments. Shut up, sit down & write screenplays. That’s all I needed to do. No more excuses.
Then I felt guilty for a different reason. Why did I wait so long in the first place? I’m thankful that I don’t currently write for anyone except myself. (At this point.) There isn’t any pressure to sell it, impress a producer or score an agent. I’m wasn’t thinking about those things. I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.
This blog resumed on September 15 and since then, I’ve posted 19 articles detailing my summer of screenwriting. This is number 20. The final chapter but it is also my opportunity to issue a new challenge.
Finish a NEW feature length screenplay.
I won’t have to impose any deadlines this time. I’ve learned my lesson. I love to write screenplays and I’m still baffled that I let so much time go by without writing. I feel so much better about myself when I’m creative. I rediscovered my passion because I dared myself to do better. I can’t guarantee my last screenplay is any good. But I CAN guarantee my next screenplay will be better.
The next time you get stuck think about this: You have the complete freedom to travel anywhere your imagination will take you. You can tell any story you want. That’s inspiring! Don’t let the pressure get to you. Remember how much fun it is to write. I forgot and I’ll regret the year I lost making excuses.
Stay tuned next week for The Complete Series.