by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Harrison Ford is one of the most iconic actors in cinematic history. From Indiana Jones to Han Solo, he has defined the archetypal hero for millions all over the world. His latest role, playing the legendary John Thornton from Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, may be his most personal project... Continue Reading →
by Ashley Scott Meyers In this week's episode, I talk with multi-hyphenate Josh Folan about his numerous projects and how he was able to bring them to completion. You can listen to the audio portion of the podcast by clicking here or through iTunes by clicking here. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKd3ahA8Pmk&w=640&h=360] You can also read a transcript... Continue Reading →
by Angela Bourassa Failure is part of every writer's life. A big part. We all fail for years before we find success. Rather than feeling bad about that, perhaps we should take a moment to think about the ways that failure makes us better writers and better people. Debbie Millman -- a writer, educator, and... Continue Reading →
by Fiona Wheeler It can be confusing when you first start trying to send out your specs. You sign up for this email list and that, and soon you’re fielding a dozen emails a day offering the perfect service to fix and sell your screenplay… for a price. Many writers starting out want success and they want... Continue Reading →
Substitute "writer" in place of "actress" -- still works. Give me a couple of years, and I'll make that actress an overnight success.
Success isn't what makes you happy. It really isn't. Success is doing what makes you happy and doing good work and hopefully having a fruitful life. If I've felt like I've done good work, that makes me happy. The success part of it is all gravy.
Scott Myers of the excellent Go Into the Story blog today shared his thoughts on success and failure as a writer, and how the two aren't as far apart as you might think. He writes: When legendary football coach Vince Lombardi would speak in public, he rarely strayed far from two closely related subjects: success and... Continue Reading →
Eighty percent of success is showing up.
It will not always happen that the success of a poet is proportionate to his labor.
You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.