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Updated April 17, 2006

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This week's question: 

DcH, this whole screenwriting business gets me so tense sometimes that I sometimes think of getting out of it, altogether.   It’s always “hurry up and wait” and it’s driving me nuts.  What should I do?

William H.

This week's Answer: 

Hurry Up And Get Tense

I know what you mean, William.  You’re not the only screenwriter who feels anxious when it comes to the entertainment business.  I think it’s a good idea that, if you’re getting out, you should do it all together and not have a part of you get out and leave part of you behind.  You’d be like Tony Bennett, then, having left a part of himself  in San Francisco.  (I still don’t know why he can still sing so well, missing a basic organ like that.  You’re not in San Francisco, are you, William?  If so, could you look around for Tony’s heart?  I just heard Tony singing his signature song recently, so, apparently, he still hasn’t found it.)

I, too, have experienced the “hurry up and wait” (and wait) syndrome.  It’s not a particularly comfortable situation, I agree.  What you might try, William, is the “wait and then hurry up” syndrome.  That’s worked for me before.  You fool producers and studios by doing nothing or very little.  Then, when they’re breathing down your neck, you suddenly hurry up.  That way you don’t have to hurry up too soon.  Or you could utilize the “wait and wait” syndrome.  That’s another effective strategy.  With this approach, you simply wait.  And there’s no hurry whatsoever.  Why?  Because you never started in the first place.  The drawback with that one is that it doesn’t support self-motivation nor is it very helpful in realizing goals.  But, if you are in rush to soar to the top of your screenwriting career, the “hurry up and hurry up” syndrome is ideal.  This way, you don’t have to undergo that awkward and difficult “stop and go” sensation   You just madly race towards your screenwriting objective until your heart gives out.  Don’t worry; you’ll probably survive.  And, hey...

At least you’ll be better off than Tony.



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