Second Cocktail Question
Continuing the cocktail party questions– “When do you find time to write?” People who meet me know I have limited time and a lot on my plate, travel, teaching, consulting, etc. The question also assumes, and sometimes people say it outright, that if they just could find the time they would write. Of if they are working writers, they wish they could find the time to write a passion project.
I am a big believer in increment progress. That is the key, to me, of accomplishing your heart’s desire– whatever it is.
The incremental progress approach to goal-setting or realizing a dream is the only way I’ve found that remotely succeeds. It’s not glamorous and it’s not dramatic. It is chipping away in small bits until the job is whittled down and completed. Otherwise, I find accomplishing a big dream, desire or goal way too daunting.
That is where The One Hour Screenwriter came from. Pretty much anyone can find one extra hour in a day. Getting up earlier, going to bed later or using a lunch hour is a possibility. It’s just 60 minutes. Applying yourself in a concentrated and sustained effort for just one hour a day, can finish up a first draft in 22 weeks. The One Hour Screenwriter takes you through the process hour-by-hour, day-by-day and week-by-week. It show you how to get unblocked, how to write without judgment and how to keep going from beginning to end.
The trick is breaking the job down into bite-sized bits. It makes the task manageable and gives you a series of very small goals. If you know anything about 12 step programs that’s how they work– getting through one day at a time and not getting overwhelmed by anything beyond that one small segment of time.
What are you waiting for? If not now– when? Start using those sixty minute increments to work toward your dream. Start writing what makes your heart sing! It will make the rest of your day go so much better!