One Job

(Not my image btw. Just found it through Google)

You have ONE JOB today. I told myself. You are going to finish working on the polish of your script, and nothing else.

Easier said than done, of course, but at least it was a clear directive. Sometimes the real problem with creative pursuits is doing less; or, rather, doing fewer things at one time. I keep a lot of irons in the fire, so it’s tempting for me to try to jump from project to project whenever I hit a snag instead of grinding through to the end. This is why I need deadlines: to keep my eyes on one project at a time.

The thing is: unless there is an outside entity telling me what to prioritize, I never really know which project will bubble to the surface. At the start of the month, I was so sure that my attentions would be focused on a script about girlscouts that I wrote down about fifteen items on my list of monthly goals to accomplish for that project. I think I crossed off two. Instead, I wrote four more chapters of my novel. Which is kind of record progress for me on the prose-writing front, and one does not insult the muses when they are being so generous. I might add well strike while the iron is hot. Eventually, the inspiration for my prose will “go out of orbit”, as my sister Bean calls it, and I’ll be left to my own devices again.

But, at any rate, today’s task was to polish a draft of the historical drama script that I’ve been working on, and I did have an external force to hold me accountable: my writing partner was anxiously waiting for me to finish my pass on the script. I’d told him that I’d work on it over the holiday weekend, and now I needed to deliver.

So that’s pretty much all I did today.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on May 29, 2018.

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