Final Challenge Check In

Final Challenge Check In 

Wow!  It’s hard to believe we’ve already reached the official end of the 2013 Screenwriting Challenge.  To everyone who participated, congratulations!  You’ve made a huge commitment to your writing life that will continue to pay dividends far into the future. Whether you wrote every day, or whether you pick up your pen and paper for the first time today after reading this email, it’s time to celebrate!

Cold Cuts Reading Series & 2013 Challenge Party!

New Location: CSV Center
107 Suffolk Street, NYC map
Thursday, Feb 7, 2013, 8-10 pm FREE!

Celebrate your achievement, win great prizes (including a FREE month of Pro-Track), and sip some wine with our fabulous community of writers.

Where to go from here?

Even if you didn’t do the challenge perfectly, if you’ve stuck with it, you’ve probably found by now that you’re in a pretty good rhythm.  In fact, you may even notice you start to feel strange on days when you don’t write! Take a moment to celebrate and commemorate your success, and then keep that rhythm going! Remember, writing begets more writing.  Obey that little clock in your head that says “oh, it’s time to do my pages today!” For those of you who have struggled to find your rhythm, or are still finishing or even just starting the challenge, remember, each page you write brings you one step closer to the rhythm you’re seeking.

The best way to get to where you want to be is to build upon where you are.

Take a moment right now to celebrate what you have accomplished.  Forget for a little while about where you fell short, and concentrate instead on where you succeeded.  If you’re writing more now than when you began the challenge, you’re already a success. So celebrate the days you did write, rather than bemoaning the ones you didn’t.  Even writing once a week can become the foundation for a writing life.

You may also want to spend a little time examining things that are getting in the way of establishing your rhythm. Have you been beating yourself up over the quality of your work, rather than keeping the focus on how many pages you are generating? Are you allowing yourself to enjoy the feeling of success that comes with completing your pages, or are you cheating yourself of the joy of writing by focusing on your failures? Are there activities that are getting in the way of your writing, favorite procrastination techniques that make writing “impossible”, or small changes you could make to your day to carve out the 15 minutes you need? Do you have the support you need to get you through the difficult writing times?

Build upon the work you’ve done!

As you look back at your pages, you may find that you have many pages you love, or there might just be a few.  Focus on the things that you can build on.  It might be just one page.  It might be one line.  It might be a character you’re curious about, an image that resonates for you, or a rhythm you want to explore.

You can use these exciting bits to inspire the next phase of your writing journey.  Some of them may even grow into complete screenplays!  Others may seem useless now, and then surprise you when they pop back into your head as the perfect answer to something you are struggling with in your writing.

Become part of our community.

Sometimes as a writer, you can feel a little bit lost at sea!  We spend so much time alone, it’s hard to get a real perspective on our writing, and truly understand where we need to go, and how to get there. So come on out to our FREE Cold Cuts Reading Series and become part of our community.  Check out one of our Screenwriting Classes in NYC or Online.  Or keep yourself on track and on deadline with our one-on-one mentorship program, Pro-Track, and work weekly or bi-weekly with a professional writing coach who can help you achieve your goals.

Whatever rhythm you have established for yourself, make sure you keep it up.  These three pages you write every day are sacred– one of the few times you get to simply play as a writer, exploring ideas without the need for “usable” pages, “good” writing, or a “finished” product. If you’ve completed the full 30 days of writing, please drop me a line and let me know about your experiences!