Trust your instinct and listen to your gut.

I recently reached the 20-page mark in my latest feature and I already feel it.

I feel love for this story. I know where it’s going. It plays out in my head before I fall asleep at night. This script will be special.

It may not sell and win an academy award, but I know this will be one of my finest pieces of writing.

How do I know?

Because I just do.

I didn’t feel like that with my last two scripts. There was no love there. I finished them both. Two drafts a piece and now they collect dust in my cabinet. I know I give up easy, but I’ve learned you have to move on from a project when it’s not working. I always finish my scripts and always try to get the best out of the story. With the last two, I did that. But they still sucked.

But this one came out of nowhere.

A simple log line I wrote some 2 years ago, suddenly overcame me. Scenes ran through my head. The theme was so apparent I knew what kind of story I had to write. It was all there in my head. I just had to put it on paper; that’s the tough part.

You’ll know when you got a good script. Of course the professional world may not think so, but at least you know this is where you’re at in your writing. I judge my work from my previous work. I know this script will be better than anything else I’ve ever written.

To me, that’s huge! I hope everyone who reads it feels the same way.

I love looking back at old scripts.  It’s a good practice. It reminds us how far we’ve come and that’s important. Take a couple of hours and go through your old work. You’ll cringe. You’ll laugh. You’ll be sick. And then you’ll want to become a better writer.

Trust your gut. Trust your instinct. It’s gotten you this far.

Feel that love?

Always be writing. Everyday.


One thought on “Trust your instinct and listen to your gut.

  1. N.G. Davis January 31, 2013 / 11:49 pm

    Great post. The pure joy you get from writing is awesome and I need to make an effort to focus on that more often.

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