Spring is Around the Corner

Spring is around the corner, can you feel it?  If you live in the Bay Area, you most definitely understand what I’m talking about.  I love this time of year.  As I look back at the long winter months, I feel a sense of pride and accomplishment with my writing and the direction it’s going.

2008 has definitely started off with a bang.  My fourth screenplay, Wishland, made it all the way to the finals (the top 12) in the Kairos Prize Contest for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays, I’ve recently completed another picture book, and I have already begun another wave of query letters to agents, producers and contests.   I’m also hitting the keyboard once again on my fifth screenplay, and I am so excited about this project.  My new deadline is set for November which includes room for a professional read-through and several rewrites.  Stay tuned for more updates regarding this new project.

As I look back on the last two years of my life, I feel so much at ease.  I’ve met all my goals regarding my writing, and most important, I truly understand the process of pure and specific storytelling.   The interesting thing is, I learn something new with each project, and I can’t tell you how exciting it is to finally have a body of work which I am truly proud of.  The last few specs I’ve written really showcase, not only the breath, but the depth at which I am writing.  All I can do at this point is continue to build my body of work, continue sending out my query letters, and pray one day all this hard work will pay off and someone will take an interest in my writing.

If anyone out there thinks writing screenplays or writing stories is a glamorous life, you are sadly mistaken.  Like any pursuit, it takes pure doggedness to continue to write compelling stories, especially when you’re a writer who is still trying to break in and have to still work full-time or part-time in order to pay the bills.  There is so much rejection with pursuing the arts, and you have to have the ability to lick your wounds quickly, stay focused, and get back to writing even when you feel so far away from the dream.  In addition, one has to ask this question:  “Why do you write and what do you want to say to our world?”  If it’s to make a million dollars and mix it up with the Hollywood elite, that’s not enough.  There has to be more than that to motivate you to do the hard work.  I’ve been involved with the performing arts for twenty years now and there have been so many ups and downs.   I don’t know how or when I’ll get my shot with the screenplays I am writing, but I know one day it will happen.

There’s no one way to break into the business.  People are discovered in many ways.  What’s important is educating yourself with the same tools that the pros are using so you can be competitive, that way, when you do finally get your break, you can share a common language but still retain your unique qualities as a storyteller.  Another thing that is so important is living a full life, filling your life with sincere moments with family and friends.  You have to be able to relate to the world in an intimate way in order to truly have your art relate to other people.  As Alice Walker once said, “Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for?”

~Write on,
Kevin

 

 
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