Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sage Advice from Syd Field on Writing


Talent is God's gift. Either you have it or you don't. Don't let selling or not selling your screenplay (*book) alter your internal state of mind, your feelings about yourself. Don't let it interfere with the experience of writing. In the long run, you did what you set out to do. You fulfilled your hopes and dreams, fulfilled your goal.
Writing brings its own rewards. Enjoy them.
Pass it on.

-Syd Field, Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting

*I added 'book' because writing is writing. It flows and then hits the wall and refuses to budge. It's elating and then it's depressing. It's everything and then some.
If you've done it, rejoice in completion. It's a long, dark, and lonely road.
If you're still in the trenches, keep going. We've all experienced those gut-wrenching emotions you're feeling, they are a necessary part of the experience. Take the good with the bad. You'll get through it. You're not alone. Every writer has questioned their worth, their sanity, and their crazy-ass decision to write. Give yourself a hug and some words of encouragement. Then start writing again.
The journey is the destination.

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