The Fear-Less Writing Telesummit ended this week (replays are still available!) and I have been trying to come up with closing comments, sum up everything that was said in one great big take away.
We learned fear is real and comes from a real place. We learned all creatives of all levels have fears and challenges. Fears travel with us on our journey so why not make them the greatest co-pilot or traveling companion ever to have existed? Because it’s scary. Fear is here to keep us safe, but it can still be a real jerk.
What I wanted to share with you was something all the speakers had in common (besides awesomeness and their willingness to share in order to help us). They all were the change they wanted to see in the world. I said it during some of the interviews when an expert shared their story, “Oh, I’m so glad you decided to be the change you wanted to see in the world.”
I’m paraphrasing the Gandhi quote, “You need to be the change you want to see in the world.” I learned it my freshmen year in college and try to live by it.
Many of the experts saw something that was needed and decided to create it. Karl Iglesias wanted a book that really talked about the nitty-gritty of screenwriting so he set out to interview A list screenwriters and created the book. Paul Chitlik wrote his book Rewrite because he didn’t have a book to refer his students to.
Many of the coaches and teachers realized their strong suits could be better applied in a different way. Former studio readers Julie Gray and Pilar Alessandra realized they could just tell people what was wrong with their work or they could show writers how to fix their work and even improve it so they would continue to grow stronger. When I worked with Philippa Burgess in her program, she said the industry will ignore writers until they figure out what to do. She wanted to show writers what to do so they would not make as many mistakes. Instead of saying, “I wish someone would teach these writers this,” they became the teachers.
And it all comes back to you, the writer. You too can be the change you want to see in the world. I think many us either got into writing or continue writing because we wanted to create the work we wanted to read or see. We saw something that was missing or realized there was a different angle to that story. Who better to tell it than you? As Samantha Bennett and others have said, “The world needs your work.” Don’t deny them. Who knows whose day you’ll improve or who you will inspire. Let’s find out.
How will your writing be the change you want to see? Leave a comment below.