The importance of just plain starting

Wise words for all you procrastinators out there – what? Us? No, of course not, we at TVWriter™ never put things off. Well, almost never:

by Jory MacKay

nowandlater“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself.”

When Bonnie Ware, a nurse who cared for patients in their final weeks,published the most common regrets she heard, not chasing dreams was number one.

“When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made,” she wrote.

Every single day we choose how we spend what few hours we have.

Yet, despite the constant warnings to chase after what we believe, we often fall victim to procrastination and a fear of even just starting.

Every single day, my to-do list is a reminder of all the other projects I haven’t started. The passion projects that I ‘just don’t have time’ to do. And when I do have time? That familiar friend—fear—comes knocking at my door.

For myself, and the 95% of the American population who admit to falling prey to procrastination or even total avoidance of the things we want to do in our lives, ‘time management’ only goes so far.

And when it comes to looking at why we fail to start, there are larger emotional and psychological reasons at play.

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Seeing and helping the future you

Procrastination isn’t just simply us putting off things until a later date. It’s purposefully putting aside important work knowing there will be negative consequences in the future.

We aren’t just being forgetful, or complacent. We’re purposefully hurting ourselves by focusing on short-term pleasure at the cost of the long-term.

Almost all studies agree that procrastination leads to to higher rates of depression, anxiety, and poorer well-being.

In our professional lives, it can have dire consequences. In our new way of working, with increased autonomy to work when and how we want, your word is your reputation. And missing deadlines for no good reason, is really no good reason.

Dr. Piers Steel, an organizational behavior professor at the University of Calgary, has proposed a simple formula to determine why we make certain choices….

Read it all at Crew

Diana Vacc Sees OUTLANDER Episode 7 “Faith”

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by Diana Vaccarelli

This episode of Outlander entitled “Faith” finds Claire at the hospital where there are attempts by the Doctors to save her life and the life of her unborn child. So much happens in this episode. If you haven’t viewed this episode yet be warned this review may contain spoilers.

THE GOOD:

  • The writing of the episode is fantastic. It really delves into the tragedy of losing a child and the how a couple copes and at the same time increases the pressure by showing what one must go through to save the one you love from prison. Toni Graphia writes an episode in which you feel the pain of each character.
  • The Acting continues to be A-1. Caitriona Balfe AKA our heroine Claire can deserves every award we can give her for this week’s performance. She holds nothing back. Sam Heughan’s Jamie is nothing sort of fantastic. As he apologies for going back on the important promise he made we see, hear, and feel his self hatred for letting things happen as they did. Romann Berrux, who plays a young boy raped by Black Jack, completes the trifecta of great performances. This is definitely a young actor to keep our eyes on.
  • The places this show goes to are not only original; they are breathtaking in terms of how they handle such difficult subject matters

THE BAD:

  • There is not one thing I didn’t like about this episode. It made me cry from start to finish.

Happy TV Watching!


Diana Vaccarelli is the TVWriter™ Critic-at-Large. Learn more about her HERE

Peggy Bechko’s World: Smarten Up, Write in Longhand

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by Peggy Bechko

Writing By Hand Can Make You Smarter.

True?

Not true?

Turns out there’s a lot of info out there to support true.

So I’m not old fashioned and crotchety because I still prefer to write some things by hand. But wait, don’t some groups advocate not even teaching cursive writing?

Big mistake.  Just check out  a study by Pam Mueller, a Princeton psychologygraduate student when this article was written back in July 2015.According to the study folks who took notes in class longhand retained more and comprehend more than their fellow students pecking away at computer keyboards and actually taking more notes because they could take them faster.

So, what does that mean for writers? Put away your computer and grab a pen and notebook when in the planning stages of your next project. Whether article with research or novel (also with research – just because it’s fiction doesn’t mean you don’t have to have the facts straight) or screen script (ditto).

It appears that typing might be just fine once the writer is rolling, creating whatever it is they’re creating, but apparently writing notes longhand is a much better method to trigger memory and the synthesizing of collected information than typing or pecking at a phone screen.

Don’t believe it?  Then you might want to give it a try. I have over the years. Having written novels, published with major houses and optioned screen scripts in addition to articles and ghosting, I’ve tried almost every method of producing my work. I’ve tried every idea to try to shortcut the process, but there are some things that just don’t take kindly to short-cutting and memory and processing information are apparently two of those.

I mean, not only did those student in the study type notes much faster than they could write them, but it didn’t gain them anything. In fact, they lost ground against their longhand note-taking companions. Not only that, but they had less comprehension of what notes they did take. Not only that, but when they tried going back and studying the copious notes they’d taken on laptops, they actually did worse on the tests.

Hmmmm. Ever find yourself taking lots of notes from an  interview on your computer as a professional writer, feeling like you raced to keep up? Then, did you go back over your notes and nearly wonder who took them in the first place since you can’t remember what was said?

It seems like if you take the notes by hand, you’re more involved, more inside the subject matter.

My notes are a mess, my handwriting would probably get a ‘D’, but when I compare them to what I tried to take once up on a time on my computer when I read those notes they trigger memories and associations. I find myself more fully engaged and when the time comes to get it all down into a document, the flow is swift and smooth.

The long and the short of it is, keep writing. Keep writing by hand to focus the writer in you. Keep a notebook handy. (come on, you know you love thoseMoleskines anyway – and they come in cool colors and black too!).

There’s no doubt it works. Something about our brains… whatever… my creative partner Charlene Brash Sorensen and I create our outlines, plot ideas, scripts, even comic blocks for Planet Of The Eggs by hand on note paper before we even begin working with our comic creating software. Charlie prefers graph paper – I prefer lined.

Save the tech stuff or later. Start writing by hand.


Peggy Bechko is a TVWriter™ Contributing Editor. This post was originally published on her glorious blog. Learn more about her HERE. Peggy’s new comic series, Planet of the Eggs, written and illustrated with Charlene Brash-Sorensen is available on Kindle. And, while you’re at it, visit the Planet of the Eggs Facebook page

Web Series: NIKKI & NORA

The Thin Man, only without the thin man. One of the best done indie web series we’ve seen:

Created by Nancylee Myatt

More about Nikki & Nora

The Week at TVWriter™ – May 30, 2016

In case you’ve missed what’s happening at TVWriter™, the most popular blog posts during the week ending yesterday were:

Supernatural Season 1 Finale – Recap and Review

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

Frank Spotnitz on Creating Complex TV Series

Diana Vacc Sees “Outlander” Episode 6 “Best Laid Schemes”

Peggy Bechko’s World of Conflict!

And our most visited permanent resource pages were:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT

The Teleplay

The Logline

THE BASICS OF TV WRITING: Overview

Major thanks to everyone for making this such a great week. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed. re-read what you loved, and, most importantly, come back for more soon!