Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself. – Doris Lessing

Go forth into the unknown, explore the caves of your unconscious, fear not your “dark side,” find the gold.

— Robin Hoffman (@AuthorAlchemy)

Friday, January 7, 2011

STOP Listening

I've been helping other writers for 10 years. I'm accustomed to being in the role of mentor. During that time, I rarely read advice books about creative writing. I was too busy living my own method and course and book for how writers can break out of their old wounds or blocks and feel the adventure of writing.

When I recommitted to screenwriting in November, I brought my screenwriting books up from the basement. I started reading screenwriting blogs again. I also said to myself, “I need mentoring.” I started purposely looking for mentors, in whatever form.

And with that came advice. Only some of it was direct—from friends or a coach. A lot of it was from books and blogs. But today that has to come to a screeching halt. Not forever. But until I'm ready.

It's not that the advice was bad. For the most part, it was all good advice. Some of it was really excellent advice. There were a couple of times when I hit the exit button on a blog where I knew the advice was wrong for me (at least, at this time). But mostly, I feel enriched.

I also feel saturated. And even bored. I first noticed this when I was reading my copy of Riding the Alligator by Pen Densham. Now, this was a book I couldn't wait to read. And it's a fantastic book. But not right now. I was snuggled on the sofa, reading it and feeling stale. STALE. On a topic I love so much I could bore you silly talking about screenwriting for hours on end. (Ask my husband ;~)

So I closed the book. I thought all I needed was a good night's sleep. But I just didn't get the message. I continued reading advice online. And now it's to the point where I have to yell at myself to STOP listening.

Milli, I hear you.


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