We’ll Have To Do This Again, Soon

I talk to myself.

Yes, it’s true. I do.

And on occassion sometimes an argument breaks out.

But after calmer minds have prevailed and apologies made, I think I can actually say that some progress has been made.

At least that’s what I tell myself, anyway.

The following is one such conversation. As one-sided as it was:

“There are rules you should know. There are ten of them. You need to learn them, know them, but I know you’ll forget them. Just try to keep up and do the best you can.

First of all, no one is waiting for your script. They’re looking for what’s exceptional. I know that’s subjective, but do your best and get your material into their hands. Figure out a way and get it done.

Secondly, social networking is about relationships. It’s about people. It’s about your fans, your tribe, your subscribers. You need to be available, to engage with your audience each and every damn day. And get out of the house for cryin’-out-loud. Go meet people.

Third, keep writing. You obviously have ideas and stuff to say, so say it, or rather write it.

Number four, keep improving, honing your writing skills. Sharpen that saw.

Fifth, you can no longer have too much writing. It’s like there are too many songs in your iTunes library. Your goal is that when someone does check you out, they find a lot to explore and savor. Don’t worry about what’s good and what isn’t, your audience will do this for you.

Sixth, you can no longer rely on older material. Keep writing, keep exploring, keep pushing forward.

Seventh, don’t worry if people don’t like you. Create an identity in your writing. Create a voice. Your voice is like one side of velcro, the loops are your tribe. You don’t need to catch on every hook to create a strong, healthy bond, you just need enough.

Eighth, don’t worry about the genre you’re writing. Worry that it’s good enough, that it reaches your standards.

Ninth, if there’s no viral traction on your writing, it’s just not good enough. Don’t get mad at the fans, the tribe, the audience, the studios, the agents, the manager, the actors, or Hollywood itself, get mad at yourself. Do better, get better, or give up.

And finally, it might be tempting to relax and enjoy all the adulation. But don’t. Don’t be like Facebook, or Microsoft, making money on a legacy that is fading like headlights in the rearview mirror. The turning point is now. There is no mystery, the internet squashed that. We’re all in together. It’s not about keeping people at a distance, at arms length, its about embracing them. Be grateful that anybody gives a damn.

So, that’s it.

Good talk.

We’ll have to do this again, soon.”

To those that don’t know me personally, you might think I’m one missed rent payment from being that guy with the cardboard sign standing on the corner on the freeway off-ramp who mumbles to himself.

I can assure you I’m not.

At least that’s what I tell myself, anyway.

So, when you talk to yourself do you have long drawn out conversations, or do you keep it brief and to the point?


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3 Responses to We’ll Have To Do This Again, Soon

  1. Lancer says:

    Dear Me,
    I often talk in bullet points. Sometimes using exclamation marks. Please don’t be offended when I repeat the same thing over and over. And YES, I know that Life isn’t “perfect”. Sometimes bad things happen to good people for no reason. I even understand that there are people who neither appreciate or even like Elvis. But please. Keep listening. I’ll keep talking. And together we’ll walk Forward, Smile more often, and Continue growing.

  2. Linda B says:

    First of all the Idiots (I capitalized that word as my attempt at showing respect) making decisions at the studios are NOT looking for “exceptional” when it comes to TV shows. They are re-doing old shows from the 70’s and 80’s, they are putting together actors who can’t act and placing them in the latest comedy where a great deal of canned laughter blares out at you (so we know when to laugh), and if they can’t do that they are coming up with more “reality shows” with more dull witted people who you wouldn’t want living next door to you.
    Perhaps the scripts you are writing and presenting to those Idiots in charge are just too smart, too clever and too exceptional, and just plain over their heads.

  3. Lancer says:

    Sean…always remember my number one example of the “am I good enough to work in Hollywood” question. “The Hot Chick”. It was written. It was bought. It was made. Need I say more?

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