January 5 question – What’s the one thing about your writing career you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?
This month’s question was easy to answer at first with an answer of, I have no regrets because to have regrets means I wouldn’t be where I am today.
But…and, that’s where I started thinking about my writing career as a whole.
Knowing what I know now, would I do things differently if I was starting over?
In a heartbeat!
Of course, that means starting over when young and relatively free of all obligations and ties.
- I’d move out to Hollywood.
- I’d become a script reader.
- I’d become active in screenwriting organizations.
- I’d get a degree in screenwriting rather than playwriting.
- I’d find my genre early.
- And, most importantly, I’d treat my writing like a job—meaning work it like a job—despite any day jobs I’d no doubt have to take in the beginning.
The question now becomes, do I want to reincarnate, coming back where I choose parents this time who are already in the movie-making business?
Hmmm, that sounds like a great story idea!
I wonder if that life would have had any regrets?
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting.