It's easy to get lost in the big dreams - the major goals - and forget to celebrate the small victories.
Small steps add up, and each one is a step closer to the big dream. The key is to embrace every victory and never, ever give up.
It's time to change my perspective.
Recently, I stumbled onto an article about being a writer, more specifically knowing when you have become a writer. Even after writing several plays and books, I still struggle to see myself as a writer. Because I am too focused on the big goals. Too focused on whether or not I am talented. This article brought up a great Stephen King quote from his book, On Writing.
"If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn’t bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented." - Stephen King
Am I talented? If I go by this quote, the answer is yes, so I'm going to agree with my favorite author and stop worrying about it. Worrying is a waste of energy.
I'm pretty excited because a couple of my plays are being performed around the U.S. An Empress, A Faun, and... Olive Loaf? is being performed in Texas and West Virginia. It's been produced several times before, including a couple productions in Australia. I love seeing different interpretations of my words. It's thrilling. This is one (awesome) version of my script.
One of my self-published plays, The Worst Play Ever, is having it's debut in Illinois. I'm very excited about this one. I love this show so much, and I'm glad others will get to enjoy it. I can't wait to see what they do with it!
Small steps. Big dreams. I am so grateful to be able to share my stories.
I've got a couple of big projects going on right now. One is near-completion. My novel, SuperGym: Get fit or die trying, is almost ready for the world. Hoping for a fall/early winter release date.
My newest project is just beginning, and I am so excited about it. It involves something I've never done (in writing) - collaboration.
Writing is a solitary act. Hours of blissful time - just me and my computer. Not that I don't play well with others. I've always been open to collaboration, but I haven't had an opportunity to work on something with someone else from start to finish.
My friend Meg suggested that we write a musical together, and I immediately jumped at the chance. I've always wanted to write a musical, but I have no idea how to put songs together. Meg is one of the most talented musicians I know, and I was thrilled she asked me.
It took us a little while, but we finally met to discuss our ideas. After our meeting the ideas began to flow. I came up with an almost-complete outline of the plot. I sent it to Meg. A tweak here and an adjustment there, and we have the beginning of an awesome show.
I'm starting the first draft this week. I always love starting a new project, but I am even more excited for this one. I really can't wait to see what it becomes!!
Em is a writer, theatre director, and hiker. She likes mixing horror with magical realism and adding sci-fi twist.