Welcome to my blog (designed by the incredible Jon Lawson) and thank you for joining me on my rollercoaster journey of being a writer!
There are three primary subjects in the upcoming collection of blogs I will focus on. The first subject will be a rekindled telling of certain memories of my past which entail multiple reasons why I practice this craft. The second will be a series of learned lessons on professionalism, lifestyle and adopted wisdom and finally, some will be an excavation of the theme I find in particular films.
Here is a simple, yet perplexing quote from the marvelous Steve Martin which sums up what I regard as an ‘excavation.’ The comedian says, “You know what your problem is (?) It’s that you haven’t seen enough movies. All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.” All joking aside, if after you read this silly sentence and subconsciously pick up on the notion that there is something more meaningful to what was said, you and I are going to get along quite nicely. There’s always some deeper meaning to it all.
As a screenwriter, my first religious rule before developing an idea is answering the question, “What am I truly trying to say?” Every artist must have some type of direction in what they are striving to communicate to the world and believe every story has meaning. Every story is worth looking into, otherwise, what’s the point of absorbing the story and letting it affect us?
Theme is all around us. It is in the decisions we make, the people we meet and the situations we all find ourselves in. All you have to do is be in tune to the world and put the pieces come together to derive a moment of clarity. So who knows, maybe Mr. Martin is right. We will see!
A bit about me is though I am well-educated and experienced, I never walk into a room thinking I have all the answers. That mindset is the best friend of failure. I am the one at the writer’s table who has his palms facing up in a bowl shape asking for more knowledge like the hungry orphan in David Lean’s Oliver Twist(1948) because the only promised consistency of the universe to rely on is the act of change. The film industry, screenwriting and the essence of art is ever altering. So we must be continuously learning in order to be successful. There it is, Life Lesson 001: Don’t be the person with the enormous ego for an elevator.
I do hope you continue to follow along in finding truth, humor and appreciation not only through the craft of writing, but also in life because without it, we would have nothing to share with others.