The Literary Drover No. 5258

Storytellers, take note:

The Literary Drover No. 3688

Another apparent attempt on my part to alienate readers and followers of this blog: Several have asked for my opinion of screenwriting contests and the short answer is – Don’t bother.

There are three to six screenwriting competitions that might be worth your time. . . IF you understand something: Winning a screenwriting competition is unlikely to change your writing life for the better. An award, an accolade, an big whoop is not going to pay the bills or keep the debt collectors at arm’s length.

The only thing a screenwriting competition can do for you, the only thing winning a screenwriting competition may do for you is garner you attention. After that it remains your responsibility to succeed as a screenwriter.

The Literary Drover No. 3608

Storytellers, take note:

The Literary Drover No. 3171

Things I know for certain about Life, about achieving success and happiness:

Avoid anything and everyone who deny you the quality of life you expect.

Everyone knows someone who is toxic because they get under your skin and stay there. They complain about everyone and everything. They are late. They borrow money and don’t pay it back. They blame others for their failures, mistakes, and shortcomings. They distract you because they are not appreciative, grateful, or thankful for anyone or anything.

Avoid them. The world is filled with individuals who deserve to have you as part of their life.

Get a good night’s sleep by turning off technology.

Appreciate the now.

Peace and happiness come to each individual in unique ways, but for everyone gratitude is a certain path to each.  Simply, appreciate what you have instead of what you don’t have.

Perception is not always accurate.

Just because a co-worker seems successful and happy does not mean that they are. It could be an illusion. Be open to possibility and surprises, and welcome each.

Set goals that are realistic.

Many people want to lose weight or save money. Start small and eventually the biggest success can be yours.

The Literary Drover No. 3170

Things I know about screenwriting:

  1. Always have a source of inspiration to motivate your writing. Especially in the hard times, and through the rough patches.
  2. The first draft is not the first draft, and the last draft is not the last draft.
  3. Writing is a full-contact sport.
  4. Write what you know. Find and use information from your own life.
  5. Writing is writing. Screenwriting is screenwriting. They are not the same. They are different, with good reason.

The Literary Drover No. 516

(An upcoming writing project involves screenwriting, so the following was deemed appropriate.)

As media changes because of new technologies more and more people are attracted to the opportunities that result. While such passion and enthusiasm are appropriate it is also appropriate to understand the reality of the situation.

Insights provided by those in the relevant industries can help in the matter: “If you’ve got craft, you got game. If you got game, you can write your way in and out of anything. Writing is the best gig in the whole business, as far as I’m concerned. It’s the only job where you don’t have to wait for someone to tell you what to do. You just sit down and make stuff up.”

– Robert Mark Kamen, Karate Kid, The Fifth Element, Taken