I know it’s been a while since I’ve published a post because I’ve been working on other projects, one of which is an e-book: The 7 Stages of Success: Finish the First Draft. This project has been difficult for me, as you will see when you read the first few pages, because I’m struggling with my own ‘success’. The other day, I told a Write For Hollywood reader that she must publish her books because they’re of no use to anyone locked away in her drawer collecting dust and she replied, “Done.” That inspired me to get this book out to you. How can I tell someone to put her work out there and not do the same myself?
Success is first an emotional battle. You need to determine what success is to you. That’s not always easy to do especially when we’re confronted by family, friends, and society’s expectations. Success isn’t about the amount of money you get or how many awards you win, it’s about being fulfilled as a person. There’s a reason you chose to write screenplays; what was it? Most of you will likely say it’s to share your stories with others. Deep down, all any of us wants to do in life is to help people. We can’t all be doctors, but regardless of our profession, we can help people.
This is one way I can help you. I may not feel like I’m a success yet because I ‘have yet to be produced’, but I forget that I have been produced. I worked in advertising for several years, I worked at a television station where I produced advertising creative, I produced several websites, short films, a stage play, etc.. But I ignored all this because I haven’t had a television series picked up or a feature film produced or written for an existing series. That is my gauge for success. Or, rather, it was. I need to change how I view success. I’ve been working at this career now for several years at an age when most people give up. Maybe that’s foolish, but that’s my decision. When it came time once again to decide whether to give up or keep going, I decided to keep going because I knew I had more in me, I knew I hadn’t given it everything I had. But the longer I keep going, the more I wonder whether I have any more to give.
Rather than give up, I’m changing focus, examining things from a different perspective and redefining what success means to me. I’m writing this book series hoping it inspires you to keep going when things get tough because I needed someone to encourage me when I felt like giving up. I still do. So please, share your stories with me and maybe they’ll end up in the next book!