This week's Answer:
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
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.
At least you’ll be better off than Tony.