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|Posted on September 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM|
I had the good fortune to interview Elizabeth English tonight. I closed my show with the following words for fellow writers:
For all you writers out there, I wish you passion, focus, and perspective.
I have never met a successful writer who wrote from their head....it's all in the heart, it's all in that space where you become one with the work and unaware of anything going on around you....you can't hear outside voices, time has no meaning. The only sound is the beat of the story, the timing of the message, the cadence of the characters.....successful writers work. They don't talk, they don't have time to make excuses, they don't look for reasons why not. Because it is the work that drives them. Successful writers don't join blog groups or chat rooms to answer the question "the best thing anyone ever said about your writing?" Because the good writers don't care if people like it or not as long as it tells their story the way they feel the story. A good writer is an artist, a musician of words, a painter of passion, a dancer with reckless abandon and thoughtful dynamics. A good writer writes. A good writer writes. A great writer rewrites.
A successful writer has the good sense to finish and move on to the next work.....putting the work in the hands of the professionals who bridge the gap between creativity and business, people who speak the "other" language and make it sing. Those business people are the sound system for the work, the speakers, the broadcasters, the pit bulls who make success happen. A successful writer knows that it is not enough to have written---if you simply write it, they do not come......You need those guys.
A successful writer has the good sense to maintain their privacy and their "eye" They have the ability to "see" things others don't see, to "feel" things others don't understand. And to encapsulate these delicious creatures into characters that inspire, horrify, teach, make us laugh.....and endure. Sometimes forever.
A successful writer does not bash Hollywood. They do not use the name of the most successful in vain. Because, in the end, the successful writers know it is all about the work. The BUSINESS of Hollywood is all about the people---and in a highly volatile business with a lot of variables and big budgets, people form alliances--they work with people they trust and understand. So, the successful writer is not only over-the-top talented, they are also consistent, pleasant, smart and easy-to-work with.......There is a lot of talk about writers not getting respect. Well, that is not true. The writers who write the best works are not among those complaining about respect---they live in a cocoon of challenge, opportunity, and grace. And they make a good living. We have never been in a time with so many opportunities for good writing. Content is needed everywhere and creativity can never be a commodity. The business needs us. We need only do what we do. Write. Write. Write. And Live with passion so we have something to give back to our work.
I leave tonight sending powerful and positive thoughts to all of you writers, filmmakers and artists. Work! Do your thing. See the forest and walk toward to light.
Categories: Thoughts and Musings