When to Say, ‘When’

Good Morning. Thought I would share this with the writers among us:

“When to Say When”
I’m working on this film script, an adaptation of a character from my first book. It was an easy write bcuz that character, in her own right developed into her own book series, which is practically written. So, I merely had to cut and paste, as well as get out of my own way – get out of my head.

So, I did a li’l self therapy and said, ‘Self, just freakin do it and be done. We’re tired of haggling over the small stuff.’ And so, i got my favorite snacks, water, put my son on dinner-duty and powered through. 2-3 days of this script.


And it’s my own fault, too excited, nervous about new adventures, etc., so, i worked with my nerves on edge. But, now that I’m done with the 1st draft, I saved a RAW uncut version, then took a short 3 hour break and tried to go back to the script with my Samurai sword to cut out the gobbledygook (unnecessary crap written). I barely made it through the 1st scene when I realized I was in overdrive/needed to wind down. So, I pushed away from the computer for the weekend. You’d think this Saturday and Sunday was enough time away, binge watching Netflix series and movies, but, our bodies have rights over us and they dictate when it’s time to go back and when to say, ‘When.’ Overdrive, is the least productive state to be in, in the arts when creating. It won’t be our professional, nor artistic best. So, with Saturday & Sunday under my belt/away from script, I’m gonna take another day or so. It’s more important that I gain back that drive, the vigor and excitement of this realism I deem to attack via film, than to just get done. So, I said ‘When.’ I’ve also learned over the years that knowing when to say ‘when’ is key to happiness and success. So, I’d urge you to acknowledge when you’re in overdrive and then, step back for a breather.

Thought I would share. May the Creator of Heaven and Earth guide, bless and protect us on our writing journey, amen.

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