After reading my first post last week, my friend Frieda asked whether blogging about screenwriting might be a distraction from actually working on a script.
My answer is that it can definitely become a distraction. But, what I'm attempting is to put my writing "eggs" in more than one basket. When I have only one writing project going for weeks or months, it becomes too important. Too big. I fret over it. I begin to fear messing it up. Inevitably, I get stuck.
When I get stuck in self-doubt, I become so unproductive.
When my husband and I made a great leap into a nomadic lifestyle eight years
ago, I knew I had the potential to become overly anxious, and potentially very unhappy. My solution was to blog (to journal publicly). That way, I looked forward to whatever I would feel the most about in a week. That thing that I felt the most about each week, became the blog post of the week.
Several years later, those travel journal posts became a book: "This Restless Life, A Dream Chased Through California Parks in an RV". Not only did blogging save me emotionally, it enriched the experience.
"About the Journey," is my attempt to enrich my screenwriting experience. Something about last week's blog process freed me to write a "short" (five-page screenplay). It freed me to ask for help from a mentor on my TV pilot. I'm not stuck. I feel productive. But mostly, I'm enjoying the process.
My blog is akin to a well-maintained road. It's the path that supports me in getting to where I want to go. Thoughts and feelings are the road signs that can either help me get there, if I keep an eye on them and use them, or can get me lost if I ignore them.
Happy travels to you...
Signed: "forever trying to raise my awareness"