Today took a little longer than I had expected.
I had an awful lot on my To-Do list – but the very first item was REACH THE 20,000 WORD MARK.
And that was what I did.
It took a little doing because I was in the middle of a couple chapters that I only had the bare bone notes for – but this is the point of the game where a fellow has to reach into his pockets and pull his perseverance out.
Now I know that you can yourself into deep trouble with the authorities if you go blatantly waving your perseverance around like that but I am rebel, just because.
And I so wish that I had the time to hunt up an old photograph of me in my old biker’s black leather jacket – but one of these days I will.
You see sometimes you just have to go hard at something with all of your might. You just set a mark and you run for it.
That is the power of setting a goal and sticking to it.
Now – because I wrote so darned much today I don’t really have the time to give you folks much of a sermon on writing but instead let me show you a scene from one of my favorite movies of all time that will give you a better idea of just what I am talking about.
(and I really wish I could have found a clip of the whole scene – but if you want to learn about perseverance sit down tonight and watch Cool Hand Luke)
I have learned everything in my life from good old movies.
yours in storytelling,
That is so awesome!! You inspire me. I am kind of in a funk a little, but I think after a nap, I will be good. LOL…As a writer, do you get tired of people telling you to get a real job, etc?
Actually, I have ALWAYS had a real job. Lots of them. I’ve been a house painter, a factory hand, a wood worker, a fiddlehead picker, a circus roustabout, a retail clerk, a Tarot card reader, an industrial cleaner. I have crawled through oil tankers and clambered in church belfries. These days I work shiftwork in a cubicle. It pays the bills. Most writers often have day jobs, sad but true.
Yes. I am looking for one. It’s been hard for me since 2011. I have done some temp stuff, but nothing stable. How did you do today with Nano? I wrote 1, 183 words. I am going to start writing during the day.
I agree with you 100% about old movies. Most of my writing is informed by old movies and old tv. I am always thrown when people ask me for my writing influences because the writing is usually historical novels. The pop sci-fi comes from the telly. A couple too many episodes of Jason King, the men from U.N.C.L.E., Star Trek and The Avengers methinks.
Congratulations on hitting the 20k. Grand job.
I love old movies because the actors looked so much like real people back then. Nowadays so many of them just look like one more film school graduate with a heavily colgated-grin and a pilates body and a flat painted-on impersonal personality. Give me Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, John Wayne or Spencer Tracy!
Oh yeah and Sophia Loren, Lauren Bacall, Elisabeth Taylor and Joanna Lumley. They were not conventionally perfect beauties but they were stunning.
Oh yes – Lauren Bacall, especially when she got older. I can’t picture Joanna Lumley – and I have ABSOLUTELY no use for Sophia Loren. I always found her highly overrated – at least in any of the Hollywood productions I watched.
Ah I thought Sophia Loren was stunning. But we can beg to differ because you agree with me about Lauren Bacall! 😉
Sophia Loren was gorgeous but as soon as she spoke she irritated the crap out of me. I just found her a little thick and pretentious. But oh yes, I agree about Bacall. She was rocking in The Shootist.