Monday, November 10, 2014

Been rejected? Tempted to Give Up?

Normally I don't use this space to direct you to another blog. Today will be an exception.

You have goals in life, but so often your efforts have been thwarted. You've been rejected. As a result, you've been tempted to give up.


Instead, do yourself a favor and read the following blog post, which is brimming with real-life examples of people who had plenty of reasons to give up -- but didn't. You'll be amazed and encouraged!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Have a Spritually Uplifting Screenplay?

Announcement for Christian screenwriters!

The Kairos Prize for spiritually uplifting screenplays has extended the deadline for entries until November 17, 2014. If you're a screenwriter with a spiritually uplifting script, please check it out!

Grand Prize: $25,000.

1st Runner up: $15,000

2nd Runner up: $10,000

Since its inception in 2005, the Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays has given a voice to new and beginning screenwriters worldwide who endeavor to create stories that are compelling, entertaining and spiritually uplifting.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

1 Helpful Reminder Concerning Distractions

Musings of a Christian Author

Forty years have passed since I made the decision to entrust my soul to Jesus Christ and follow Him. So, it amazes me how, after all this time, whenever I sit to read my Bible or go to prayer, distracting thoughts pop into my head:

 - I recall an email I wanted to send.
 - There's an address I could look up.
 - Something in the garage waits for me to fix it.

The list goes on. The situation reminds me of the Bible's reminder in Ephesians 6:12, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

Although Satan doesn't advertise his presence in modern societies as overtly as he does in primitive lands, he and his demons are alive and active. I'm convinced part of their work isn't so much tempting people to do wrong (although they certainly do that), but in tempting us to shift our attention from God and things that are important onto less important things. Far too often, I've been suckered into setting aside a good goal for the sake of something that could have waited. I'm making progress, but those temptations still pop up. I hope you'll join me in remembering we have an invisible enemy who doesn't mind if we don't do wrong as long as we don't do right.

Blessings to you!

Monday, September 29, 2014

The "D" Word Nobody Likes

Ready for a crucial morsel of food for thought?

In his classic book The Essentials of Screenwriting, UCLA professor and Screenwriting Chairman Richard Walter states...

"Like all creative expression, writing depends not upon talent alone but also discipline. Each is rare all by itself. The two in tandem, however, are exponentially rarer still. Copious talent and paltry discipline will not carry a writer nearly so far as the converse combination" [my underlining for emphasis].

You may already be thinking, "So what? I'm not a screenwriter." However, chances are good that you have some goals, or at least dreams. The point is, no matter what your personal dream, if you cannot muster the self-discipline to take regular, tiny steps toward that dream, you may as well kiss it goodbye.

That sounds like a negative conclusion, but it can actually be liberating if you aspire to something you're not cut out for. Maybe you once pictured yourself playing major-league ball, or competing in the Olympics but always preferred doing something else instead of practicing. Maybe you aspired to political office, but preferred to spend your allotted number of daily minutes in other pursuits. Maybe you picture yourself tending a lush, beautiful garden, but prefer painting pictures. Since most people find time to do what they really truly want to do (even if that is simply watching TV), it's always possible that you're not cut out for major-league ball, or Congress, or the Olympics, gardening, or whatever.

On the other hand, if what you just read irritates a little and you honestly believe you really have the talent but simply never buckled down to develop the discipline--then here's your reminder. Richard Walter proceeds to say, "Neither can writers have inspiration unwillingly thrust upon them; they must discover motivation within themselves."

Talent, Motivation, Discipline. What a dynamic trio! But no matter what your field of endeavor, without discipline to take regular baby steps toward the goal, having the other two is pointless.

Thanks for listening in while I've preached this reminder to myself today!

Your turn. Do you have tricks or tips about how you developed the stick-to-it-iveness to pursue a dream? Or maybe you realized the dream on your horizon was the wrong one and you switched targets? We'd love to hear from you!