Yesterday I published a little post about how to be more creative, how not to get stuck on one crappy idea that you’re trying to forever improve. Following on from this, you may find Ira Glass inspiring when he explains how to grow to excellence.
The most important possible thing you could do is do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week or every month you know you’re gonna finish one story. Whatever it’s gonna be. You create the deadline. It’s best if you have somebody who is waiting for work from you. Someone who is expecting from you, even if it is not someone who pays you but that you’re in a situation where you have to churn out the work. Because it is only by actually going through a volume of work that you’re actually going to catch up and close that gap and the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions.
By consistently writing, it is not impossible to have a day job and still finish one or two feature screenplays every year. This is exactly what the people I believe in are doing right now.
Are you one of them?
Karel Segers wrote his first produced screenplay at age 17. Today he is a story analyst with experience in acquisition, development and production. He has trained students worldwide, and worked with half a dozen Academy Award nominees. Karel speaks more European languages than you have fingers on your left hand, which he is still trying to find a use for in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. The languages, not the fingers.
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