I had another rejection for advancement in a screenwriting competition. I didn’t take it nearly as hard as I did the first time, although it has caused a bit of introspection on my part, especially while I drive to a dead-end waiting job that has caused irreparable damage to a few body parts.
I’m not going to rant, much, but I’d like to be at least a little happy (not even excited) about going to work until things start happening in the writing department. The introspection was in regards to the same thing it always is – Am I a good writer? When I asked a professional writer-friend to read my first script last year, he suggested I make it more of a romantic comedy and completely change the format and timeline. I gave it some thought, but that was not at all the route I was taking with the story. I wanted it to be different, and yes, while it is chocked full of romance, it’s a drama, and I liked the format I had specifically chosen for this story.
So I stuck with my choices, rewrote the third act completely, and submitted it. And the rejections started rolling in. Should I doubt myself because a few readers didn’t respond to my story? The answer is a big whopping “NO!”. I am passionate about this story, and eventually someone will take notice and feel the same way. So for the quote of the week, in case you’re feeling like you’re in the same boat, I offer you this:
If you’re confident in your storytelling, don’t let anyone sway you to think otherwise. Advice does not need to be taken verbatim. It’s meant to be helpful, to help you find holes and mistakes, but if you love your story then follow your heart! Your passion will find itself onto the page.
As to my BIG Thank You, I have reached 300 followers, and I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your support. I have loved this space as an outlet to share my obsessions, geek out moments, and passions, while finding so much inspiration and creativity through your work. Thank you for making me want to be a part of this circle; to send out positivity and get some in return. *I couldn’t resist using this image. 😉
I apologize for my lack of interaction as of late, but I’m hoping to find some semblance of order and routine again soon.
I wish you all the very best and hope you are finding ways of working towards your goals!
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A lovely post which I’ve read with great interest. I like how you’ve concluded the story of the competition. Keep going. The judges see it from their perspective. You may have different judges tomorrow for the same writing who will see the story as you see it. i agree with the quote. “Be yourself.” Thanks for sharing.
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Thank you for your kind words. It really is a matter of chance it seems with the competition route, and I appreciate the support!
I appreciate your words, Rachael.
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