- Write to a picture
- Red (or Thread depending on your hearing)
From the site:
In the midst of the 2015 Berlinale, Amma Asante gave the closing speech at an International Women’s Film Festival Network (IWFFN) event on February 12. The director was candid about the “horrific” ten years it took to get her sophomore film, “Belle,” off the ground, while offering a rousing inspirational figure in her (sur)namesake, the Ghanaian warrior queen Yaa Asantewaa, who helped her persevere in her writing and directing career.
Here is Asante’s clothing speech in full (emphases hers), a poignant and encouraging reminder that no woman fights alone.
Everywhere I turn the world is trying to tell me to get out of my shell and do something. Evidence as follows:
- I went on a work retreat recently where one of the quotes I walked away with this quote: “Opportunities multiply as they are seized”–Sun Tzu
- I just started listening to this awesome podcast Hilliard Guess’s The Screenwriting Rant Room (please check them out they are so cool) and I recently listened to their “Being Fearless Episode” (it’s from Dec. 14th 2014). You can tell from the title of the Episode what they were telling me.
So I decided to go out and do something. I submitted to the OutFest Screenwriting Lab.
Let me tell you that this was the hardest thing I have done in a while. I found out about the late deadline last Monday afternoon and the deadline was Saturday the 31st. Needless to say I was on an emotional roller coaster trying to get the thing done and not talk myself out of submitting all together. I realized a few things.
My people are the literal best: I sent a few of my friends (writers and not) two writing samples on Tuesday afternoon and I begged for feedback about which one I should submit. Not only did they respond and give me a recommendation on which one I should submit but lots of folks gave me feedback about ways to improve the submissions. I love you guys. You’re amazing and I’m so lucky to have people that I don’t connect with everyday who will lovingly read my stuff and give me feedback.
I don’t have enough faith in myself: My people are the best because they gave me so much love and encouragement but the truth is I should have been giving myself that love. I had no faith in my words and as a person who wants to take her writing to another level this year that isn’t ok. How many opportunities have I missed/will I miss because I don’t have enough faith in myself? If I don’t have faith why should anyone else?
I still have room to grow but I never will if I never let go. I have a very bad habit of editing myself into a corner. Why is that? Because instead of doing two or three edit rounds and then handing the work to someone else I hold it close. I don’t want anyone to see my imperfect work. The problem with that of course is that work is never perfect. It simply never is. It doesn’t get perfect. Nothing is perfect. This is a lesson I have a hard time learning but it is one of the most important ones. Sometimes you have to let go to learn and grow and get better and closer to “perfect” . Sad but true :)
If you pay attention you don’t have to rush. If I had been paying attention to my calendar and really doing a good job of looking for opportunities and keeping track of them I wouldn’t have had to rush to get this done and I could have avoided a lot of stress. I have to make the time to look for the things I want/need to do to allow myself the opportunity to be fearless.
Ultimately I submitted and that’s the best outcome there possibly can be.
But now I do have to rewrite my WHOLE Gales script because I realized the drama was some place I hadn’t yet explored. Mixed feelings on that one :)
Are you fearless when it comes to your goals, writing otherwise? What would happen if you got crazy and did something that scares you in a short time line?
- Finished 1 Script
- Wrote 750 Words Everyday
- Submitted to the Outfest Screenwriting Lab
Thought I would share the good news. My current logline and title below. Thoughts welcome.
Until We’re Gone is the story of a family of demon hunters who have to learn to forgive each other in order to save the world from the Devil.
This is the first time I’ve been apart of a writing group that wasn’t curated by a school or for an assignment. It’s also the first time I’ve tried to put a group of writers together by myself and I have to say I’m nervous about whether or not it will be successful. What’s successful? It would probably be helpful to know that :).
To me this group is successful if it incites people to write. We’ve allocated time for chat and for doing writing exercises/prompts and the goal is to give folks the opportunity to do their work.
In service of that mission, I thought it might be fun to put the prompts we use here on this blog. Hopefully these prompts will incite you to write.
- What happened to them all
- A slow Blink (or as one writer heard it A Slow __________)
It’s a new year and that means new goals. This year I have given myself the challenge of stepping my game up with my writing while still showing myself some love. What does that mean? It means pushing myself to do new things knowing I might fail and telling myself it’s ok if that happens. :)
So here are my goals for the new year:
- Write 4 Scripts
- Write 3 New Ideas per week
- Read 26 scripts and analyze them
- Read 30 books
- Run my new writing group for at least 3 months
- Submit to at least 3 competitions. Couple candidates:
- Nicholl Fellowship
- Austin Film Festival
- Blue Cat
- Blog 2x per month
I think all of these are doable as long as I get into good habits and keeping moving. It’s amazing how much of this feels paralyzing at times but you know what they say: if it’s not scaring you you’re not pushing hard enough.
What are your goals for the year?