Friday, February 5, 2016

Sterling Opportunities

Do you know what it is like when life or providence or the universe sees fit to bless you with just the right thing, at just the right time? I do. 

Yesterday, I had the chance to listen to Sterling Anderson, a seasoned Hollywood screenwriter, break down everything from his experience, process and beginnings, to the practical exercise of actually writing a screenplay for movies and television, including things like how an interesting scene is written and proper notations. It is quite fascinating, even for a novelist. 

As I listened, I couldn't help but notice how experience tempers ego. It was clear to me that this man knew what he was talking about, but he did not have an odor of pride. He understood what it feels like when you tell people that you are a writer and their lips smile while their eyes Say "Poor sap." Or the need for a companion who will let you have your six hours in your writing den without questioning your marital fidelity. 

Most of all, though, he reminded me of the dedication I need to have in order to finish a story. Sterling doesn't go back on a draft, correcting or contemplating. He just gets it out. The permission to do that honestly feels like a relief, although I don't really know who was stopping me to begin with. He also really does spend six hours a day in his writing space, whether he writes anything or not. I won't lie and say I am anywhere near that consistent. I don't even think I stick to fifteen minutes a day very well.

But better late than never. And better now than later. 

All of this has come at a really good time, considering I have my own short story to write. Refraction, like all of my life, will be a training ground for the next and the greater. 

Hopefully it will be entertaining to you too, dear reader. 



  1. Lily, what is your writing process? Do you find it easier to write in the morning or other times of the day? I am a journaler but consider myself a writer as it always seems I have a pen in my hand writing my thoughts, ideas, lists of all kinds, etc.

    1. My writing comes at all times of the day. Whenever inspiration hits. But if I was to say when my writing turns out the best...that would be morning.


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