Say What? It's the name of a movie, people, and not one of those movies, get your minds out of the gutter. The description of the movie is . . .
Two writers must face a dilemma that is common to anyone who has ever had an artistic friend: what happens when you have to give feedback, and the news isn't good? Sam, an aspiring screenwriter, and David, a successful magazine editor, have been friends for years. When David doesn't appreciate Sam's latest script, it opens a fissure in their friendship, one that spreads through the rest of their lives. Ultimately, both men must reevaluate their motivations to write, their need for praise and validation, and what it means to see yourself as you actually are.
We may not have American Writer Idol or America's Got Writer Talent, or even Writer Town on Facebook. Shows like Castle with Nathan Fillion and Murder, She Wrote with Angela Lansbury have very little to with writing, even though the main characters are writers.
The Blue Tooth Virgin (okay, I'm sorry, but how in the heck did they come up with that title??) description sounds . . . well . . . very accurate.
I mean, haven't we all reevaluated our motivations to write, our need for praise and validation, and what it means to see ourselves as we actually are???
Don't we, in the dark of the night or the light of the day, sometimes wonder if all this angst, frustration, querying, rejection, is really worth it in the end?
Aren't there days when we just say enough is enough, no more??
Don't we all stiffen our backs when we read the first critique of our work and get all defensive?
Well, I can probably answer most of those questions with a resounding YES! Then, I can sit back, and say I love what I do and I'm not going to stop.
Am I willing to sacrifice friendships or relationships for my writing?
NO! NOT A CHANCE! NO WAY!!
There is a fine line between loving what I do, and letting that love get in the way of a person's honest opinion of my writing.
Every now and then, I write CRAP! YES! I! DO! It happens.
Still, I put myself, and my writing out there, to friends and even strangers, because - hits head on desk a few times to make point - the opinions of others, even harsh critiques, help me to look at my work with different eyes, perhaps clearer eyes.
In the end, I'm doing what I do because I love to do it. How about you? Also, what do you think of the description of the movie? Is it accurate? Have you been there, done that?
p.s. I might add, that the above description sounds like the perfect pitch! Hmmmm . . . perhaps people struggling with their pitches should re-read that description . . . a few gazillion times! Yes, that would be me!