Tuesday, November 13, 2012
If You Must, You Will
One of the few memories I still have of my time in film school was when we had a guest lecturer come and talk to students in one of my screenwriting classes.
He said two things that I've never forgotten -
First - sometimes the only way to force yourself to write everyday is to literally walk directly from your bed to your typewriter (yeah, it's been awhile since I was in film school). Even stopping by your nearest bathroom was forbidden.
Who says there's no price required to make great art?
The second and for me more important thing he taught us was captured in this simple phrase: "If you must, you will."
For me, this meant simply this: If I HAD to have something - if getting it was as essential as the air I breathed, if I couldn't live without it, I would find a way. Thus, if I HAD to write, I would write. I would find a way. I would do whatever it took to BE a writer until I BECAME a writer.
For years that thought and the truth it contained swirled around my small and grasping mind. I knew it was true, but I would not know it.
And then I decided to change.
This week in class we'll be talking about writing goals: Why they matter, and how to set and achieve them.
We'll also be learning about the enormous difference between "being good" and "getting better" goals, specifically as they relate to improving as writers. Here's a little tease for those reading ahead.
I realize goals can be unpleasant, both to think about or to try and reach. But as we'll soon learn, all great writing is designed.
It's no different for those aspiring to know the writing life. Be>Do>Have.
Posted by Scott Livingston at 7:28 PM