"Art is not a mirror with which to reflect the world; it is a hammer with which to shape it"

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Positive Thinking

Well, the deadline for the Red Planet Prize has come and now gone… and despite nearly giving up on several occasions in the past few weeks I did finally get something in the post- though it was a very close run thing. It has prompted me to offer the following advice- try not to completely change projects 4 weeks before the deadline! (Annoyingly this didn’t leave enough time to farm it out to herds of people for criticism.)

To some people writing comes naturally and they can probably carry off this sort of thing. Unfortunately I’m not one of them: I find this writing lark pure hard graft- emotionally draining and physically exhausting. And frustratingly I don’t have the first idea whether I’m actually any good at this writing thing in the first place- so for all I know I might just be wasting time that I could instead be spending on my plan for ‘total world domination in the next five years’. So, I’ve had to maintain radio silence for the last few weeks to keep up the work rate- that and it gives away position to the U-Boats! Now, as a contingency for the (highly unlikely) event that I receive the call for the full episode, I now have 4 weeks to write the remaining 45 pages. What fun.

However, to all those who got something in and will spend the next few weeks anxiously waiting for results, cleaning, tidying and generally buffing up their pilots; and all those that couldn’t get anything ready for this year and are already thinking of something for next year, I dedicate the following from The Magnificent Two…

…and by a staggering coincidence this, for the time being, is a rather nice response to the recent meme (“a song that sums up what you think it means to be a writer and post the lyrics and why you've chosen it”) which various people have left as 'open tags' (and especially Elinor). I suggest it’s less about the being a writer and more about the continuing as a writer. I’m sure I have another song that is a better answer for the task but for the moment…

“When you feel down, try positive thinking,
That’s what I told them and said,
Don’t wear a frown, try positive thinking,
Laugh at your troubles instead.

You’ve got to look on the bright side,
On hope so much depends,
With your confidence sinking, positive thinking,
Helps you on the way my friend.

When things look black, try positive thinking,
Treat every season as spring,
No glancing back, try positive thinking,
Trust what tomorrow may bring.

This crazy world what we live in,
Will keep on spinning round,
But with good, strong, positive thinking,
We’ll get together and life won’t let us down.”


Helen Smith said...

Good luck with the Red Planet. Can't go wrong with Morecambe and Wise.

Jon Peacey said...

Thanks- I suspect I'll be needing it! And as for M&W- so very true!

Elinor said...

Ha, I like it!

Good luck with RP and if you want to do a mutual feedback with the rest of the pilot episode, let me know.

Jon Peacey said...

Elinor- thank you for the kind offer- it's certainly something I'm considering- but I have a horrible feeling that time will be the decider!

Of course, the ironic thing is that I won't know whether it's a decider or not because technically there's no deadline... and any deadline that looms up will be based entirely on who gets through to the next round.

Which I won't.


My head hurts! ;)

Lisa said...

Good luck with your entry. I entered last year and talked myself into not having a hope in hell's chance - but I did. I got through to the final twenty. So, think happy thoughts.


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