Just look at how much one can accomplish in a week.
As I've been prepping all week for the Great American Pitchfest in Burbank this weekend, I haven't had time to blog; and now that I'm going to create a regular daily writing schedule (like... using SPREADSHEETS, which, if you're a creative person, can scare the shit out of
To Do List
1. Create work and life schedule spreadsheet, as well as spreadsheets for documenting all scripts or treatments I've registered & copyrighted, info on the Trades, and screenplay contests I've entered.
2. Re-do the schedule to be more realistic.
3. Stick to the schedule.
After trying for years to be the laid back artistic type most successful film people seem to be, I realized I need STRUCTURE to accomplish... anything. School provided deadlines, accountability, and stakes that forced me to finish scripts and stories. There was stability in the day-to-day routine of going to class, socializing, and doing homework. A couple years ago I thought going back to school for a teaching degree was what I needed: turns out I just need the structure behind the academic world.
I went to an ILLUMINATING strengths workshop at my church, called "Illuminate." Go figure. There's more I'll explain in another blog, but basically, out of 34 total strengths I could have as my top 5, Discipline was not one of them. It's a weakness for me, actually. But our strengths help us manage our weaknesses. Since one of my strengths is Responsibility, I can use the side of myself that feels a duty to write as the driving force toward discipline. Such is the plan-- this must happen in order for me to become a successful screenwriter-- and you're coming along for the ride!
P.S. Check out two new amazing blogs by two lovely women.
The first is LA By Diana Live Magazine - a great visual blog about life and fashion in LA. Diana has fabulous taste and great insight into this crazy city.
The second is A Wife's Charmed Life - Ibyang shares photos, stories, and what she's learned as a wife living on the other side of the world.
Both great blogs to kick off your summer (or winter if you're in Sydney)!!