This week's Answer:
“WAITING” A SCREENPLAY
It would be too simple to suggest
that you take something off your plate, Janella.
Instead, I suggest that you simply get a few more
plates (so they won’t be so full).
When your mind or life is scattered it can be a
challenge to write. I
know this may seem a bit peculiar, but you might try this
of waiting for the confusion or sense of overwhelm to die
down, and instead of resisting that “overloaded
plate,” work or write WITH it.
In fact, it is that very resistance to that feeling
of being overwhelmed that is the actual problem.
In practical terms, if you’re feeling inundated
or confused or not sure of yourself or completely
overwhelmed then that’s what you are at that time. Realize that the feelings and the particular situation
you’re in must and will change due to the fact that the
universe isn’t static and is always changing (like the
channels on cable television).
You could even view your particular situation as an
opportunity to explore that aspect of you and let it
inform your writing.
Even drive it.
Propel it.. You may find out something about you and your expression that
you never knew ever existed.
Of course, I know we sometimes think, in order for
us to write, we have to be in a certain mood to write, the
“writing mood,” I guess you could call it.
So, instead of working through it, you could wait
for the writing mood.
But the problem with that scenario is,
if you always wait for it to arrive, you’ll find
yourself... waiting more than writing.