Or, with a bit of luck, create the next great TV series? How do you even begin?
Our phones alert us to the latest attention-grabbing incident the instant the headline is written, often without our bidding just how do you turn that function off? The internet, where the majority of us receives our news, traffics in trending topics, jump-cutting GIFs, and LIVE streaming videos—all literally blinking in an effort to get us to click.
And let us not forget that recently spawned journalistic form du jour: Of course, much has been written about the great democratization that new technology has brought about in publishing. A few short decades ago, it was the desktop revolution that gave rise to an abundance of independent presses to rival the big NY five.
Now, the Internet affords newbie publishers free WordPress sites or other low-cost platforms to produce and promote online journals and even more upstart presses.
And then there is that water cooler conversation the size of the world wide web to help get the word out for stories, books, and podcasts. The opportunities for emerging and established writers alike are greater than ever.
These opportunities, though, can be burdens. I have onethese sites can seem to be filled with writers announcing their publications, prizes, awards, and accomplishments.
True, I have seen immense and generous buoying up of writers by other writers over rejections or generally tanking self-esteem. So, what to do? How, in what writer-editor-publisher Rob Spillman has called the bell-ringing casino-like atmosphere of publishing, can a writer stay with a long-term project that is producing absolutely zero hits not to mention income day after day, month after month, year after year?
How, in other words, can we give ourselves over to a writing project that could take up to a decade to pay off?
I am speaking to that state of completion that feels satisfying, wherein a writer can say to herself: I remind students and clients of Walt Whitman when they ask how will they know when a piece of writing is finished. Ultimately, I tell them, the writing might not ever be done, but they will know when they are done.
Set achievable and measurable goals. Today I will write for twenty minutes. This week I will write words. This month I will write two chapters.
This year I will finish a first draft. You get the picture.
More than that, these goals can call me to the work when that bratty teenager in me would rather complain about, well, anything.
Acknowledge hitting these marks as achievements in themselves. There should be an app that gives us a round of applause when we make a word count for the day. Revised that paragraph that was giving you so much trouble? How about a nice footbath.
Treat yourself to the movies.
Get with other writers. Separate from getting feedback on the writing itself which is crucialconnect with other writers for support on the writing process. This can help me stay with it when it seems like every other thing in my life wants my attention.
I have some go-to excerpts, stories, poems, and books that absolutely delight and wreck me. More importantly, they make me want to write. It can be existentially painful to end each day in a state of non-completion. Why not put it aside for a week or two and make a piece of flash?
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About the Author Cara Benson. Cara Benson is an award winning writer whose stories, poems, book reviews, and essays have been published in The New York Times, Boston Review, Best American Poetry, The Brooklyn Rail, Fence, Electric Literature, Hobart, Vol.
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The Index Card Method and Structure Grid or just pin a few marker cards up to structure your space. Write Act One at the top of the first column, Act Two: 1 at the top of the second (or third if you’re doing eight columns), Act Two: 2 at the top of the third (or fifth), Act Three at the top of the fourth (or seventh).
He calls them Six-Second Screenwriting Lessons. Koppelman records his thoughts in tiny snippets using Vine, a social-media app that can record six seconds of video that play on a loop.
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