Professionalism

Professionalism.

Does it mean showing up?

Does it mean being on time?

Does it mean keeping your promise/agreement?

Does it mean not being a dick?

Or does it mean just doing what needs to be done, what’s expected.

July is quickly approaching. All the May and June deadlines for screenwriting competitions have come and gone.

So what am I left with?

What now? (my apologies to Kevin Hart)

Many writers have been asked if they have a schedule, or wait till inspiration strikes. Many have replied with, “I write, and only write when inspiration/the muse strikes/arrives. Fortunately it strikes/arrives daily at 8 AM on the dot.”

I believe Stephen King once commented that if he would add up all the pages from all of his books it would almost equal the number of pages he tosses away writing one story. Now, I don’t know if he was just being kind to his listeners but I think, and I was told there would be no math, that’s a 200 to 1 ratio. If what he says is true, I am so far behind, and I should’ve invested in a paper company years ago.

Writer Somerset Maugham continued on with this line of thought: that by performing the mundane physical act sitting down and starting to work, it sets in motion a mysterious sequence of events that would produce inspiration, as surely as if the muse had synchronized her watch with his.

He built it knowing that she would come.

He knew if he built it, she would come.

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