Saturday, June 09, 2007

As I Move Forward...

...well, sideways, really. Other than:

Tweaking a screenplay for submission for a contest last year...

...then taking it out this Spring to chastise it for not being the one that was going to land me the director's job and three picture deal, I've pretty much thrown the towel in on screenwriting.

I have a screenplay or two, still in me and they will be done before the decade is over. The number one priority is to test my limits as a writer in terms of different genres and to not bore myself or duplicate the same style twice. To wit, that has meant writing a short story about every eighty hours and I have succeeded so far in doing just that.

Are they all top shelf quality? I'd be a bad writer if I said they were.

One of them was even published online and another is still waiting on any response at all from an Ezine. Another will be published in the near future, hopefully. The point I'm trying to make before I go traveling to far down tangent road, is that I'm trying to build forward momentum in terms of actually having a career in writing.

So far, so decent and I haven't been bored.

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9 Comments:

Blogger John said...

I've been struggling for a while with those feelings too WP (not about you - ME!)

My hardest problem is being cool with myself hat I didn't fail and that it is not a lesser level to write books. No that there is something wrong with books, I just look for new ways for my inner voice to beat the crap out of me.

JDC

Sat Jun 09, 06:09:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Johnny Dollars,

You're a lot closer than I'll ever be to being a viable screenwriter, I don't think you should throw in the towel at all. If anything, you should redouble your efforts before sitcoms are completely extinct. You could do so much, the way that Bill Lawrence and Greg Garcia do.

I love books and in a side-by-side comparison over the last two years, I prefer them to film. Yet, the world isn't exactly literate nor do most find time to read, so you'll always reach more people with your stories via film or TV.

"I just look for new ways for my inner voice to beat the crap out of me."

See? That is what makes a writer, a writer.

Sat Jun 09, 06:32:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Dale said...

And more importantly, you don't seem to bore us! (Either of you.)

It seems so damned hard to be financially successful as opposed to creatively successful. And that's why the occasional lottery ticket is a good idea.

Sat Jun 09, 07:27:00 AM PDT  
Blogger John said...

My inner voice hits me because it love me.
:(

I'll say it again (cuz I haven't read your piece yet), Tim LOVES the story you wrote and submitted to AAM WP! You can feel rockin good since he is a tough man to please (did that sound gay - not that there is anything wrong with that - Tim has a serious crush on some Japanese Cyber girl 12 inch figures after all).
JDC

Sat Jun 09, 01:12:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Dale,

"It seems so damned hard to be financially successful as opposed to creatively successful."

Hopefully they are not mutually exclusive.

"And that's why the occasional lottery ticket is a good idea."

In two decades, I've never won more than $110 U.S. and that's why I've redoubled my efforts.

Johnny Dollars,

"My inner voice hits me because it loves me."

The next time I post some writing quotes, you will be cited, sir!

I'm glad that Mr. Gallagher is happy with the story, as I've noted that he places a great deal of importance on story with his critiques of graphic novels. He will make a fine editor.

I'm curious, which Japanese Cyber Girl? This is slowly becoming an all Manga house.

Sat Jun 09, 02:59:00 PM PDT  
Blogger jewgirl said...

very eloquent, wpeeser. great points. good food for thought.

you're also writing a lot and that's the most important thing.

Sat Jun 09, 09:09:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Katie-lah,

"very eloquent,"

Why, thank you and...

"wpeeser"

Hold, that's what the bums do the front of my garage.

"great points. good food for thought."

Thank you.

"you're also writing a lot and that's the most important thing."

If only it paid. Maybe I should send an angry, senseless and vitriolic letter to a struggling editor of an Ezine or something.

Sat Jun 09, 10:14:00 PM PDT  
Blogger angel said...

WOOOHOOOOOO!!! i'm cheering you on dude, and i'm very jealous!!!

Sun Jun 10, 10:59:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Angel,

Thanks, though remember, Procrastinator Junior is on the verge of teenagehood. So that makes things a whole lot easier.

Sun Jun 10, 04:47:00 PM PDT  

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