I look at life from the approach that if you try something a few times and it doesn’t work, why not try something else? I guess I am still beholden to my ego as much as anyone. We can’t, and nor should we, get the best of ourselves, but if we’re not happy with what we’re doing, why not try a different approach? The main thing to lose is the ego attachment to previous approaches…
When you’re not scared of edits, there’s a certain pleasure that happens from seeing the edits that were made by your collaborators. You forget what you specifically wrote or changed. You look at what’s in front of you, and you think, ‘wow, this is really coming together!’ Today, I started editing a story taking place within ENDLESS WAR somewhere around 12:30pm and wrapped up my edits through chapter three at 2:12pm. Here are thsome thoughts.
Writing is all about overcoming the fear of opinions from others. When you write for yourself, you can write whatever you want. When you share your writing with anyone, effective writing is taking the idea that’s in your head, packaging it in a way that anyone can understand, so they can let your ideas live, survive, and thrive in their minds. This requires constantly tearing apart your work to rebuild it. Don’t fear those criticisms.
Before I started floating, I couldn’t let go of myself or aspects of myself, or in other words, I couldn’t trust myself. I couldn’t trust my thoughts or opinions, good or bad, or let them enter or exit. My mind was a constant mess of ideas and thoughts, like a crowded highway, or a grocery store with one open register, where it wasn’t the first shopper that got the register but the pettiest and loudest.
Doing anything requires self-confidence. If you go to the store to bread, you’ve gotta pick your parking stall or pick a seat on the bus, get the bread, take your spot in line, and use the time to purchase the bread, which could slow down the line for others if you take too long fumbling with your currency. Although innocent enough, we can extrapolate examples from there; writing takes extreme self-confidence – or, more likely, delusion.
Just as I learn from my mistakes, I also learn from the mistakes of others. It’s not for petty reasons. It’s not to make myself look better than someone else. Rather: this person messed up in a way any reasonable person might act. Let me learn how they failed so …I don’t fail, too! I would like to think “The Story” main characters John [left] and Trishna [right] act similarly. But wouldn’t that be boring?
Spoilers?: Minor (character motivations, world-building)
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What hill are you willing to die on? What is the one goal you hold in such high regard that you will do whatever it takes, for however long it may take, to achieve? My truth is, even after fully envisioning the achievement resulting from surviving that hill, any vulnerable moment contains elements trying to drag me down. Why can’t we ignore these distractions and continue our climb? Why do we fight in meaningless battles?
While there’s something to be said for playing life safely, when the opportunity strikes, jump up on life’s stage! Get outside your comfort zone! Even for just a minute. The experience will probably be uncomfortable, you might need to push through fatigue, or embarrass yourself. You might step in spilled beer, get bumped into harmlessly, or get your picture taken. You also might not get the best shot. That’s still better than no shot whatsoever!
I’ve been raked over the coals over asking to keep the dollar per hour “I earned as goodwill for my work on [ailing project],” reamed for talking to other recruiters within the agency over roles, railed on for asking for certain rates, and have dealt with enough recruiters to see their manipulation a mile away. Here’s a recent conversation with some recruiter that reached out about a project. See if you can spot the manipulation:
Words mean nothing, which is funny coming from an individual that wants to be a professional writer. The problem with words is that people hide behind them. Instead of taking direct action, people instead hide behind implication and strict definitions. I’ve noticed the biggest factor determining whether someone will succeed or fail in their professional career depends not on what that person says, rather, what that person does. Here are five examples of my actions.