Just doing it...

I am terrible at the waiting game. I have said it before and I will say it again. Terrible. Last night as I was reviewing my lists, I was reminded that my manuscript was still being reviewed by an agent that I am really hoping will represent my debut novel. As if I could forget. Things move slow in the publishing world. It isn't like Hollywood, where I can audition, get called back the same day, get put on avail (hold) the next day and shoot, two days later. The turn around in publishing isn't measured in days. It's measured in weeks, as in, 6-8, 10- 12, 24 etc. Let's face it, when you get that many weeks together, why not just call it what it is...months.

Waiting can be crippling. I tend to wait to know about one thing before moving on to the next. But the reality is that a lot of time can pass this way, and it is best to just keep doing it. Keep writing, keep submitting, keep at it, whatever the "it" is that day, or week, or month. And so I stayed up late last night and today have been back at it.

I think the kicker was when I ran into a screenwriter on my walk this morning and I asked him how he got started...did he study one particular method? Did he love one particular teacher? Was there one particular book that he read?

His answers: He was a poli sci major, he never studied, he read every screenwriting book...but actually his best piece of advice? Just read screenplays...and then write one. Just write one. Don't wait. Just do it.

It struck a note with this worrier, planner, uber student...and I wish him all the luck for his big studio meeting next week!


Unknown said...

Glad to hear that you are back at it. No doubt, it is tough. But you are exceptionally capable of just doing it--and much more!

Gina Sorell said...

Thanks so much Brianna! Sometimes I just have to get out of my own way, and tell myself to stop thinking, start doing :)

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