It's traditional on a new year's begining to look back on the past year and what we achieved, think about what we want in the forthcoming year and make the appropriate plans to get it.
Is it just me or are new writers getting disillusioned? Is writing professionally now seen as a pipe dream just as the demand for scripts is at its highest?
Is it possible to write for the fun and sheer enjoyment of it and to learn your craft and not worry about the potential lows of rejection or the highs of acceptance?
After a rejection you might wonder if the hour or so a day spent writing is probably better spent reading to your kids or doing drugs. Most writers deal with that rejection by rushing through the writing process as quickly as possible so that when they get a standard rejection letter it won't hurt as much as they didn't waste too much time. Although of course those writers tend to get burnt out and give up as they don't progress much with that strategy.
Some writers take a bit more time creating and get much further along the route to success but, while feedback from networks and production companies and meeting invites are potentially good for your career, it's still, at heart, a rejection and you still need to find the motivation to start from scratch with a new script.
The paradox is, of course, that if we were accepted that we would have to start a new script - if not scripts - anyway. While commission fees are a useful motivator, trying to write as little as possible to get a career where you have to write a lot does seem odd. The more you write the better you get. So what if your script doesn't see the light of day and you don't get to meet the fantasy cast you imagined playing the characters. If you keep going somewhere down the line a script will get produced.
Looking back at 2005, which may not have been successful, it's an idea to re-evaluate our methods and how we work and what we know. To quote Anthony Robbins (the Shallow Hal life coach dude), “If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten”.
Another Robbins quote comes to mind, "You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.”