We seem to have the lack of speed in common, the snail and I. However, regardless of the speed in which I develop my story, I am moving forward.
Working from the principle of kaizen, the Japanese philosophy of small, continuous improvement, I set manageable goals for myself every day. I’m working slow and steady on an outline for the screenplay, and I completed the first act right on schedule. This seemingly insignificant feat is somewhat of another breakthrough for me. I broke down my ultimate goal of finishing the screenplay into nibble-size pieces and for the first time in… well, basically for the first time ever, I know I can accomplish this ultimate goal. With one small task to complete every day, I don’t feel overwhelmed. In fact, I look forward to my writing sessions now. I’m stoked to sit down and toss out some ideas and line them up in a screenplay. I feel the excitement bubble inside when I realize that I most definitely can and will finish my screenplay. Perhaps it won’t ever be optioned, but I’ll have the satisfaction in knowing that I completed it and the next one will be easier once I know a little bit more about the process.
Act II, here I come creeping along.