Well, here it is. The last post of 2019.
How’d your year go? Of all the things you were hoping to accomplish, how many were you able to check off?
All of them? Great!
Some of them? Still good.
I won’t even entertain the notion that you achieved nothing, because there’s always something. Even the slowest runner crosses the finish line.
No matter what your results were over the past 12 months, you can use all of it as the building blocks for what you want in 2020.
Set goals for yourself, and do what you can to reach them. Be the writer with a plan who sticks to it. Try to accomplish something writing-based every day, even if it’s just jotting down an idea and filing it away, editing a page or three, or even reading a friend’s script.
Better to end a day thinking “this is what I did” rather than “why didn’t I do that?”
Remember that everybody’s path is specific to them. What happens, good or bad, for one writer is no reflection on another. The important thing to remember is to focus on you and what you’re trying to do.
But also take the time to offer words of support, encouragement congratulations and sympathy to others when necessary. Your connections to other writers are a vital resources, so treat them accordingly.
This may be your journey, but you’re definitely not alone. There are a lot of other writers out there, all with their own goals and objectives. Don’t be afraid to reach out if you need help, or offer it if they do (if you can).
There will also be things over which you have absolutely no control. Do the best you can with them and move on.
I’m not the first nor will I be the last to say that trying to make it as a screenwriter is an almost insurmountable task. But it can be done. So, if like me, this is what you really, really want, you need to do the work for as long as it takes.
Regard the start of a new year as a great opportunity to set up what you want to happen, then go about making it happen.
So good luck and I wish you all the best in making things happen in 2020.