“Talent is God’s gift; either you’ve got it or you don’t. But writing is a personal responsibility; either you do it or you don’t. ~ Syd Field
Film, music and writing are my passions. I have been engaged with all three crafts since the first time I laid eyes on the big screen version of Teenage Mutant Turtles. I can describe the appearance of the theatre 20+ years later. My marriage with the craft has been a rocky ten-year tenure. I have been a horrible husband, I neglect my wife on the regular. Can I ever gain her affection back?
When I wrote the Motivational Monday piece on achieving a new goal every month, it was always the intention to practice what I preach. This February, I begin to fully immerse myself in screenwriting. Armed with Syd Field, Viki King, Blake Snyder, Robert McKee and Joseph Campbell. All geniuses in their own right. Viki King published a famous novel, Write a screenplay in 21 days. This is perfect for my purposes, as February is the shortest month and isn’t too far off the mark.
I spoke to my 70-year-old gym partner, Paul, yesterday after introducing him to Steven King’s: On Writing. He was picking my brain about different aspects of the writing craft. After finishing my set of Sumo dead lifts, I pondered why I wasn’t taking advantage of the advice I was giving. Another case of, do what I say, not as I do.
I ditched improv class last night due to weather conditions and poor tires. My detour was a b-line to the book store. This has to be the most therapeutic experience I’ve had in over two weeks. The success of a Gentleman’s guide to being a MAN! scared the hell out of me. It’s always difficult to follow-up a success with another success. If you don’t believe me, just look at all the failed film sequels. You’ll be hard pressed to name five great sequels.
So, here I am with an abundance of half written scripts and nothing to do but forge ahead. I put enough pressure on myself, which usually paralyzes me. My boo says she feels like, “her excellence is my mediocre”. That shit rocked the hell out of me and reverberates to this day. It’s not often that someone hits me at my core. She is absolutely right, I’m a perfectionist in almost all aspects of what I do. It’s a gift and a curse. That being said, I’m going to complete this task.
It’s like I told Paul, “you write the first draft with your heart, door closed and the second with your head, door open.”
Twenty-eight days until the Wing Man is complete.
Carpe Diem Que