Why People are Discouraging Sh*ts.

Here’s the scenario. You’ve got this great premise and you’re bubbling over with story, possibilities, characters, the whole nine yards.  You can SEE your book at books store or on Amazon.  You talk to a writerly friend, maybe someone a bit further along than you, more experienced, and tell them all about your fabulous idea. They listen to every word. They nod along, they’ve been there, they understand. Then they put their arm around you and very kindly tell you all about the realities of the business.  How you shouldn’t get your hopes up.  How they knew of a guy who did all this work and ended up never getting published.  How many come and how few publish.   How they’ve been trying for years.  Blah blah blah. Poor deluded...

Take Yourself Out of the Equation

What do publishers do? Publish. What do film distributors do? Distribute.  What do writers do? Create Content. The model looks like this: Demand (audience/readers), Supply (publishers/distributors), Product (writers). Without writers there is no product to supply the demand. So before you curl up and think, Oh no! I can’t do this, my work isn’t PERFECT. Why would anyone want it anyway? I’m not Chris Nolan, Amy Tan or [insert idol here], take a deep breath and realize a fundamental truth: this business of writing/filmmaking is  Art seen through the lens of Business.  YOU are necessary part of the process so take yourself (and fears please) out of the equation and produce content that can be supplied to the demand. Someone asked me what I did via...