Lately I’ve given a lot of thought to what motivates me to keep writing. What’s my method? Does it work? Can it sustain me past the inevitable feelings of inadequacy and fear of rejection?
So what does one do when feeling less than motivated? The only thing I’ve known to work for is is to get serious. Set aside a block of time, and pick up at a spot where I’ve left off, I read it over, make myself feel the scene, think about possible edits, and settle into a groove as my writing inertia (also known as: caffeine) kicks in. Sometimes writing can seem impractical from all angles if the odds are stacked against you: work, family, love, friendship, money, ignorance, laziness, your sliding health, body neglect, etc.
Fight it – fight to write.
I promise it’s worth it.
And yeah, I know that’s easier said than done. I’m one of those people who hears motivational fluff like that and immediately frowns. But the motivation will come if you’re willing to at least show up for yourself.
Lately, I’ve been writing a bunch of nonsense in spurts, you know, a couple of trash sentences at a time, and I’ll do my classic piece meal strategy. My inner editor waves. Nonetheless, as I lay it out wild and free I admit my truth and enjoy feeling vulnerable. Write it out, clean it up, and persist on trying to absorb better techniques. I strive to stay transparent and know I’m always in a state of repair. My pace is my pace.
By the way, can we talk about the public library? Pure gold.
I hope I’m not preaching to the choir on this. I love talking about the library to people who don’t have a clue. It’s free, and there are so many cool apps that come along with access to the library. There’s the Overdrive app, the One Click app and the Criterion just to name a few. I check out to my heart’s desire and support my writing addiction endlessly with no dent on my pocket.
Ultimately, what I’ve learned this week is to buy into the process. Submit.
Your family and friends may not yet share your vision, but keep believing in yourself anyway. Believe you’re on the right track.
That means you have vision. That means you’re the one – you’re different. Keep going. And that’s all I’ve got this week, friends. Stay tuned for next week as I’ll get into the specifics of a particular scene from my script, and divulge deeper into different methods of character development in screenwriting.
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Native Californian and longtime Austinite, Tyra Clark has dedicated herself to the craft of photography, screenwriting and filmmaking. She received her BS in Sociology from The University of Houston and is a current student at Channel One Media Austin. She is a part-time videographer for www.biovideo.com and an avid movie and TV buff with a passion for inspiring others to follow their dreams of working in film. Currently she is co-writing the feature-length film, Panther, as well as writing for the Black TV & Film Collective.