Quote Monday

Potential-FearAs I continue to send my first script out to contests and other opportunities, I’ve felt this nagging little feeling in the recesses of my mind, a little in the depths of my stomach, this odd sense of anxiety.  So many quotes relate to overcoming fear of failure, but this is almost more related to the fear of success.  Has anyone else ever felt this?

We work for months or years on something, love it, want it to go out into the world and do great things, only to fear that it might actually do just that…how weird.

I’m not sure how people will respond to my screenplay.  It’s been a total labor of love, years in the making with a number of variations until it got where it is today.  To think that it might do well, that I may have a chance to do what I really want with my life, to be a working screenwriter is kind of a scary prospect.

But every day someone in the world is getting to live their dream, so why not me?  Why not You?

And then there’s that flip side.  The other fear if things don’t go as I hope and dream.

What if it’s not good enough?  What if I have to wait another year?  What will I have to show for all of this in the end?  What other options do I have?  Ugh.  The questions.

Maybe it’s a little of the fear of the unknown.  No matter how much we read or hear about it, until we are actually a part of the process, it’s all unknown.

IMoving Forward love writing!  I love seeing my characters come to life and make their own choices and lead the story, and regardless, I will never not write, but to never achieve some modicum of the success I would like…I don’t want to know that regret.

So as I look to the end of the week and the opportunity to send my work out to two more times, I’m smothering the fears and looking to the future.

And this is what I wish for you as well!  Don’t let any fear deter you from achieving your goal, no matter how big!

Good Luck and Best Wishes!!

Screenwriting Opportunity

Coffee!I apologize for my absence, but I come bearing gifts.  🙂

Thanks to Lee Jessup‘s monthly newsletter, I was introduced to this unique opportunity for women screenwriters over 40.  I now fall into this category…crap, I wasn’t ever going to mention that again.

The New York Women in Film and Television is offering The Writers Lab which will begin accepting applications May 1.  So get your screenplays ready ladies!

Other deadlines fast approaching are: Scriptapalooza, April 29th, the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship, May 1st, and the Sundance Institute until May 1st as well.  Final Draft is accepting until July 31, so you have a little more time there.  *See here for links, etc.

Good luck, my fellow screenwriters!!

Quote Monday

Small Steps

I finally submitted my first screenplay, Fate(s), to two screenwriting contests – the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship and Final Draft’s Big Break.

I’m feeling pretty good about it, and now I can finally move forward on the other stories I’ve written or need to.

What small (or big) step will you take today?

Wishing you all the best!

The Looming Deadline

FinishLineAheadHello, my friends!

I wanted to let everyone know I’m still here, and aside from the continual exhaustion I face from my day job, which until recently had been sapping all my creative energy like some sort of vampire, I have been on a fiendish race to finish the rewrite of my first screenplay (again) in time to make the regular deadline of the Nicholl Fellowship tomorrow.

For those of you who have been with me for some time, I have complained from time to time (and time again) about that blasted 3rd act.  For once, I’m feeling pretty good about it, which is perfect since I don’t have any time to really mess with it if I want to get it in on time.

There’s nothing like the adrenaline rush of an impending deadline to kick one’s creative butt into shape.  I’ve been anxiety ridden all week and that flush of emotion and the stress to reach that goal have been both nerve-wracking and welcome.

I’ll be back to my ramblings next week, and hopefully working towards new goals.

If you’re entering the contest I wish you lots of luck!  And I hope you’ll do the same for me! 🙂

Happy Writing!

The Best of Quote Mondays

I was scrolling through my image gallery and saw all these wonderful quotes I’ve posted and thought it might be time to do a sort of “best of”.

YouSayIDreamTooBig  TheOneReason  *HowFarYou'veCome

Looking back, I have found that my quotes were meant to boost my own morale as I have struggled with unemployment, keeping motivated, staying focused, and achieving my goals, but because these are topics I’m sure, we, as creatives have all struggled with, I hope you have found them useful as well.  These are among some of my favorites.

What'sReallyImportant  Determined to Succeed Quote  EveryNewDay

I wish for each of us to reach the level of success we desire and I hope you will continue to find the quotes inspirational and a boost to your own morale.  Keep reaching for those goals, make new ones, and make a little progress everyday!

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Wishing you all the best, my friends!  Happy Writing!

It’s Quote Monday

GoalsTooSmallI remember when I started telling people I wanted to be a screenwriter the reactions I often received.  I received a lot of scoffs and naysaying and “words of wisdom” that I should choose a more practical career path.  This is something that has always bothered me, and it used to gnaw on me a little, actually it still kind of does when I think on it. Why would you ever demean someone’s dream?  Why would you think to say it can’t be done, especially when you don’t know what the person is capable of?

This is why I try to be so positive and encouraging in this space.  Maybe you’ve received those comments and don’t have a lot of people in your corner telling you, “You can do it!”  I’ll be that person for you! 🙂

YouSayIDreamTooBigThe Sis and I spoke for some time last night as she took a few online tests to try to make a determination of which career path would suit her best.  I love screenwriting and want her to do something she loves too, no matter how long it takes to achieve it.  Unfortunately, my creative path practically ensures that I will work in jobs with little satisfaction (because creatives often want to save their energy for their real job) until I “make it”, while her career paths require many years of schooling, but will then reap huge rewards in the end.  We each must choose what makes us happy and have the courage to follow it.

set and reach goal conceptSet goals and dreams for yourself that people find amusing and then push those people aside as you go on to achieve your goals.  The naysaying should be fuel for your tenacity to show them all!  Wave to them from the top, and hope that they find something to be passionate about, because that’s probably the main reason they have chosen to try to knock you down.

So here’s to your continuing success!  Best of luck!

Let’s Start the New Year Off Right

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It’s a new year!  Still can’t get over that.  As I mentioned in my New Year’s post, I’m not one for making resolutions.  I think that you can decide to change your life, make new goals, do something different whenever you want, and just because it’s January 1st it does not somehow magically help you decide to make the change.  You have to want to do it.

Although for screenwriters in particular, the beginning of a new year is the beginning of a new process to sending our work out in the hopes of being discovered and becoming a professional, so in that regard some resolutions have to be made early in order to be effective.  This has been a source of concern that I may lose out on another year…there are a number of factors I can lay blame upon, but the truth is, it’s my own fault for not being better prepared.  BlankPages

The move consumed me for a number of months, from packing and prepping to living in temporary accommodations until we found our own place, job hunting, etc. the time just escaped me and my routine was nonexistent.

The end of another year is cause for some reflection.  I have been thinking about the move and the changes that have come with it.  I’ve been thinking about the job I was so relieved to get, and how it’s not all I had hoped it would be.  Especially how it has sapped all my creative juices and I haven’t written a word on any of my own stuff since I started it.  I have had sparks of inspiration, just last night I thought of an interesting new detail to add to a rewrite – it’s nice to know things are still brewing on the back burner.

TooTooTooSo, as the new year starts and with it a new series of goals to achieve, I offer these quotes as a source of inspiration!  (You all know how much I love a good quote.)  Try to remain positive and focus on the small improvements and steps you can take forward every day that will lead you to your bigger goal.

Let’s make this the year we do great things!It'sNeverTooLate

Goodbye 2014

BigBenNewYearI am completely taken aback that another year has come to a close.  How does this keep happening?  And why does time continue to go by faster and faster?  It’s not like I’m having so much fun that time is flying by.  😉

I had started thinking about doing a year in review type thing, but because I’m not one for making resolutions (I think change can happen anytime you want it to and I am all for making goals throughout the year) why would I bookmark the end of the year when there are still so many things going on?

What the New Year does tell me is that I’m this much closer to a scary birthday.  (Insert sob)  Spring tells me it’s time to get my writing in order (again…still) because it’s time to send out the scripts for contests and for pilot/hiring season.

Seriously, where has the time gone?  2015?!  I know everyone will be saying this, but gracious…I’m still in a state of awe.

So Happy New Year, my friends!  I wish for you a year full of dreams, goals, possibilities, and doing what we love – I look forward to seeing what we are all able to accomplish.  Be safe as you enjoy ringing in the New Year with friends and loved ones.

Best wishes!

xx, Rach

*Sorry this is on the short side, but technically I’m supposed to be working. 🙂

 

When Your Words Come Back To You…

Last night I returned to my writer’s group (I’ve been a little absent recently), and after sharing the news that my sister and I might be leaving LA, I was pulled aside by a few of the friends I’ve made there so they could get more details.  One in particular, and sort of an unlikely source, only because although we support each other’s work we haven’t really talked beyond the confines of the group, offered me some of the best advice.  Advice I, myself, have offered here.

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He offered encouragement, inspiration, and a voice of reason, a few things I needed to hear.  If we’re not surrounded by people who understand what it is we do as writers or any creative endeavor, I think we forget sometimes, well I have, at how good (and how necessary) it is to hear encouraging “don’t give up” type pep talks.  We all need those from time to time, and it’s been a long time since I’ve heard one.  This is absolutely not a slight towards my sister who is always in my corner, but as she’s too close to the situation we’re currently dealing with, the outside voice was indeed a welcome one.

He suggested that I make every effort in the little time I have left here to make my mark and in turn maybe not have to leave, and therefore achieving the whole purpose of why I came out here in the first place.  He gave me a challenge – to finish my rewrite in 48 hrs.  After all the stress I’ve had over this rewrite, trying to finish the third act in such a short time gives me heart palpitations.  But…I have to stop making excuses.  I need to rise to the challenge.  I do need to take advantage of the time I have given to me.  I need to break out of my routine and try something else in order to achieve my goals.  He’s a published author with some connections, and he made me no promises, except the offer of a helping hand.  And who knows?!  Unfortunately, a few drinks on an empty stomach have lost me the whole day today in the “I’m too old for this” sort of way.

In writing this, I received a phone call from an old friend who I talk to only a few times a year.  She ended up being my cheerleader and offering me more encouragement.  Huh…maybe the universe is trying to tell me something…

So on that note, maybe I should go work on that rewrite.

I wish you all the best in your writing endeavors and hope you have some one in your corner cheering you on!  If you ever need an encouraging word or a listening ear, you know where to find me. 😉

Quote of the Week

Some days are just…a struggle.  I’m having one of “those” days.  I’ve had a few circumstances that I would normally shrug off, but have somehow compounded and now I just feel blah.  I’ve also been doing some life re-evaluating.  That is a slippery slope.  But it did put a few things into perspective…that’s for another day.

As we have all heard the phrase that happiness is a choice, I had to remind myself.  We choose our mental state every day, and as aspiring writers that is key.  We have to maintain the positivity in the face of adversity in order to keep us moving forward toward our goals and dreams.

So on that note, here is this week’s quote:

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Have a wonderful and productive week!