Pick yourself up and get back in the race…

February 8, 2012 § 3 Comments

As Old Blue Eyes (Mr. Frank Sinatra) used to sing in “That’s Life“, “I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, A poet, a pawn and a king. I’ve been up and down and over and out, and I know one thing: Each time I find myself, flat on my face, I pick myself up and get back in the race.

Yeah, baby that’s life—and the life of a screenwriter as well.  Just when I feel like I’m hanging by a mere finger hold on the side of a cliff, my faith keeps me hanging on a little longer and suddenly I find myself able to climb safety off the ledge. “That’s life” for sure.  If you’ve been in the film business long enough, there’s a strange sixth sense when you can feel good things are coming your way—good things you’ve worked so hard to achieve. What gets me through is the constant faith that things will always turn out.  You have to continue to work hard and keep focused.

When I recently didn’t hear any news about an extremely important opportunity for me,  I mistakenly allowed fear to creep into the mix as it had been two months and no reply. Why not think the worst, right? This is when insecurity creeps in and self-doubt. My mind raced to conclusions that could only see the worst case scenario. Good news today changed everything… I finally heard by E-mail and it was the exact outcome I wanted and needed.  No news was just that—no news.  I had created a fear based scenario set up in my mind and the outcome based on the fact that I didn’t hear yet. I believed the odds were not in my favor when they were.

I am guilty of stupid, fear based thoughts at times. Who isn’t? The key is not allowing your negative thoughts to overpower you.  Your faith is always tested, and under no circumstances give up your pursuit.  Somehow there’s always a way, but you need to keep writing and creating.  You may feel you are alone in your struggle, but stay on target.  Everything in life happens for a reason and at the exact necessary time for all us.  There’s a mysterious synchronicity in the universe when we are ready, we’re given a chance at the exact right time.  So, be ready for when your time comes around—knock it out of the park.  Go after your dreams and never give up.   Establishing a career as a screenwriter might be a long slog and it usually doesn’t happen overnight.  If you get knocked down, pick yourself up and get back in the race—and keep writing.

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” —Confucius

“We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.”— Somerset Maugham

“Never forget: this very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny. This second, we can turn the tables on Resistance. The second we can sit down and do the work.” —Steven Pressfield, “The War of Art”

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§ 3 Responses to Pick yourself up and get back in the race…

  • Hilary says:

    Thanks for this. I needed to hear it and I needed to hear it at this exact time.

    • scriptcat says:

      My pleasure. When you seek out answers to questions, sometimes you just have to trust that the answers will come when they are supposed to come – and no news is just that – no news. The different scenes played out in the negative arena are all based on fear.

  • Carol says:

    This applies to more than just screenwriting. Great article, I’ve actually sent it to a couple of my friends going through tough times right now.

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