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Sunday, September 24, 2006
Before I get back to the writers' tips, I have to indulge friends and family and offer up the first pictures of my daughter.
Born on Wednesday, September 20th -- an incredibly joyous day.
Look out world, the PTP is comin' at ya!
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
I have a friend who gets a lot of money to write screenplays. The other day I was talking about him with another friend -- hey, this is L.A.; we only talk ABOUT people, not TO people -- friend #2 says that Screenwriter has an amazing ability to WRITE ANYWHERE AND ANYTIME.
He went on the describe Screenwriter's home office, a dug-out hole in a mess of papers and books. He also told the story of sharing a hotel room with Screenwriter, and in the darkness, lit only by the glow of his laptop, Screenwriter kept banging away at the keys, churning out the pages.
It's easy to imagine that Screenwriter's motivation comes from the very large paychecks he collects. Hundreds of thousands of dollars would motivate YOU to write, wouldn't it?
This is a myth.
Money does not motivate. Or to be more clear, money doesn't create motivation where there once was none.
Sure, it's easy to work on a writing project if you have an assignment as opposed to working for yourself. It's easier to write if you're getting paid as opposed to being not. And I supposed it's easier to write if you're getting a LOT of money (and can quite your day job) as opposed to nominal checks that don't add up to the price of a daily Starbucks fix.
But the motivation to write? The ability to accomplish something, even small, every day when you have obstacles and obligations, pressures and procrastination to fight you back? That comes from somewhere else.
If you're waiting for the money to find the motivation, be prepared to keep waiting.
Friday, September 01, 2006
Well, we're nine weeks into the ten-week class on writing comics. Next Wednesday, following a relaxing (but more hopefully) productive, long weekend, the class will reach its end.
I've been extremely lucky to have an amazing group of writers. I want to say that made it easy, but there was nothing very easy about the amount of work I put into this class. What it did was make it extremely enjoyable, even on those nights that I came home after working for 20 hours straight.
I even feel like a learned a thing or two.
Speakin' of learnin' ... after the class is over I should have much more time to rock out some more writers' tips. (That is, if the next Hellboy deadline doesn't come crashing down on me like a flock of dead geese).
Enjoy the weekend!
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