It's a beautiful day in Vancouver. I love spring.
On the Reading Pile: I've started reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, which is the precursor to The Secret and all other similar books and films. They've just started marketing the ideas better. Or perhaps the world wasn't ready for Hill in 1937, which is when he first published the book. I'm tickled reading it, though, because I keep thinking, "wow, all the newer books took all their ideas from Hill!" He did all the reasearch - 20 years of it. He even uses the exact phrase THE SECRET... only he says he's not going to give it a name, that the reader must deduce it. But all the concepts are basically the same. In any case, it's just more ammunition for me. And I'm sure he would be excited to know that his work inspired more books on the subject. A glut even! You can't swing a dead cat in this town without hitting someone who knows about the Law of Attraction. (my apologies to Victor and Albert)
START TO FINISH... GET READY... GET SET...
Okay, so here's the NEXT BIG THANG you've all been waiting for. A brand spanking new screenplay from START to FINISH. We'll take it one day at a time, so don't panic.
Actually, it's not entirely from scratch on my part, because I've already done some work on the script I'm going to develop. But not enough that you can't catch up with me. I'll even do some of my exercises over again and review my work so that you can have the full on experience.
So, we begin on Monday because that's as good as any other day.
Are you ready for your first homefun assignment? Believe it or not, this is where many people get hung up. And I'm not just talking about writing. I'm talking about life in general. We are often paralyzed by ideas. We don't know which direction to go because truly the options are infinite.
Your first assignment is to PICK something to write about. Pick ONE thing and commit to it. Decide by Monday which idea you will use. Sure, you've got that musical horror idea, that romantic comedy about the bus drivers, or that golf western and you're equally fond of them all. But you must pick one.
I'll tell you a secret... come closer... after you follow one of your ideas to completion, the others will still be there waiting for you! Just plop them into your idea file and let them ferment for a while. If you get another idea (and yes, you will, and you'll think it's better than the one you're working on), thank the Muse, plop it into your idea file along with the others and tell them to play nice while you're away.
You must practice commitment and completion. We don't leave things 1/2 done around here. Those won't serve us. You can't do anything with 1/2 of a script, 1/2 of a novel, or 1/2 of a painting.
Your finished product may look nothing like you originally thought. That's creation for you. It will become what it becomes.
So the first assignment is due on Monday, as are a few other assignments. Awww, Danika, homework over the weekend?!? Now, now, quit your whining. I'm only giving you the tools you will need to start fresh and ready on Monday.
Tough love. Tough love.
P.S. Someone asked whether they could use this process to write a novel instead of a screenplay. I think the tools will definitely be helpful, so you are welcome to join us. Just don't expect the pace to be the same. There's no way anyone, not even Stephen King (who writes 10 pages per day on his novels) could finish a novel as fast as we are going to write our screenplay.