I have been reading ‘Drive’ by Daniel Pink, and for the second night in a row, I find myself out of bed, so that I get some thoughts down from idea excitement.
For a long time now, I have been stuffing around in the face of what would seem to be obvious serious repercussions. It is bizarre, perhaps understandable given the year that I have had, but really it is unnecessarily frustrating.
I am starting to think that I am exhibiting ‘indifference behaviour’, where I am literally torn between my business, which has the potential to support my family very well over the next 5-10 years or more, and my creative, artistic ambitions to be a writer.
There is no time to lose. I must do both.
Fortunately, my powers of perception are honed. I cannot attest to whether it is consciously deliberate or not though. It is evident that there was great intention when I packed this bag and took off for a change of scene today. What treat lies within? What is guiding my future, besides one pen that ran out and one that fortunately didn’t… ( Read more…Collapse )
Bruce Lee said something about working with laser-like focus. If I am a lens, then right now someone keeps smearing vasoline all around the edges and the picture is soft. My vision is repixilated intermittently to my distraction of choice, this computer and then to something else. Probably the giant purple Swiss ball that lurks behind my chair and won’t fit through the door. I am reminded of it because I chose to put a mirror on my chair so that I could check that I was smiling when I call up my clients. It will have taken two hours to get everybody out of my house this morning and then I can settle into my new routine. For now, I shall clean the lens, check the batteries, change to a macro lens and chuck the wide angle in the bin.
I create stories. The script is there, but I write the story. I imagine what happens. I write what you see. I ask the questions for you and come up with the best answer. I will be writing about my experiences, where there is reality and truth. I need the structure which mirrors the reality that my audience is familiar with. If somebody acted like that, that would follow. I want to make stories that are breathtaking. I want to be able to create a structure on a single piece of paper. Micro and macro at the same time. Micro for energy and macro for holding it together. Caring about the characters, especially the central character is incredibly important. I want my voice to be heard, and I want it to be insightful. I want deeper and more truthful characters. Pacing is important. Quiet, building, what do they want, when is there a big change, all of these are important. We want emotions in our stories. True characters and true stories lead to emotion. I have to know where it is going to end. It is a journey. Start writing when you have an ending, when you have the structure, the main characters and the obstacles in the way to get to the end, including the great moments in the story. And the key emotions. Be a writer - director. A cinematographer, designer, assistant, because they want to know what result you want to produce. You have to get out there and learn and live. Your greatness as a writer is your greatness as a human being. You don’t have to think in terms of themes. It is fun to create the characters. Going through the whole film to get to the afterlife! Baddies when you know why they are a baddy are the best. Provide characters with a privacy, interior life and exterior life. What is it like to be…? Voice over to take something higher, when you have wound it so tight. Need talent, can be learned, self confidence tempered by self criticism, discipline, you do it every day, you make your write even when you don’t want to write and you need a particular temperament, as it is unmitigated hell, as you will be ripped to pieces. You are lucky as a writer, you get to live your life twice, once as a reality and once through your interpretation of it.
1. What makes me so confident when it comes to calling potential clients?
2. Why am I so good at getting new referrals?
3. Why do I get meetings every day?
4. Why am I the best Associate?
5. Why do I get so many sales in my work?
6. Why are my clients so happy?
7. Why am I such a specialist with schools?
8. Why is my voice so clear and powerful?
9. Why am I so effective with gatekeepers?
10. Why am I such an effective communicator?
11. Why am I so focused when I work?
12. How did I conquer my fears?
13. Why am I such an effective businessman?
14. Why am I so great at getting leads?