“Slow and steady wins the race till truth and talent claim their place.” The quote believed to have originated from Aesop’s Fables may be considered cliché, but I find myself referring to it often. My thoughts come in spurts, I get them on paper, then I revisit the words until the story’s true form is revealed during a rebirth. It’s a process that takes time.
I’ve grown as a writer in the past 2 years. Now, I won’t sacrifice a well-written story. Because of that, the beat board is my constant confidant. It allows me the opportunity to process all my thoughts and feelings without judgment. I’ve recently killed off about 4 characters and it feels so good! It’s interesting how my brain habitually over-complicates. The beat board offers me a way through the pruning process. Mustn’t all writers prune the dead leaves? What remains is the root of the story.
Another benefit of slow and steady is the opportunity to continue to tap into the Sundance Collab platform as I write my longest script to date. For every live stream I participate in, I learn something new about film production. It feeds my head and keeps me motivated. The Advisor Q&A and the Master Class Series provide the professional guidance that I need for progressive movement. The experiences and information are preparing me for the future. The energy is strong and I’m confident in my film collective and my creative decisions.
It may seem like I’m creeping along at a snail’s pace, but rest assured I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Writing and producing isn’t a job for those who need instant gratification. It takes perseverance, dedication, and long-suffering passion to present quality work. I won’t try to rush to the finish line. It’s always going to be there waiting for me to cross. I’ll be ready when I step over the line.