My writing partner, Jess, and I have been doing this writing thing together for almost seven years now (although I’ve been writing since I could pick up a pen and kind of sort of spell lol). We started with a thriller novel, and then we tried our pens at screenwriting and found our passion.
Over the years, we’ve penned a few scripts – rough drafts, mind you hahaha, but we’ve gotten a few stories done, start to finish. We’ve learned a lot, made a ton of stupid newb mistakes, found our combined voice, and fantasized about selling our scripts and seeing our movies come to life. But one of the biggest lessons we’ve learned to date is a fairly recent revelation…
I know it’s been awhile since I posted, so to get my creative mojo flowing, I thought I would resurrect and slightly revise a post from one of my past (now deleted) blogs. Over the past couple of years, I have become a huge fan of podcasts. I listen to all different kinds, but it seems like I tend to favor personal growth podcasts and audio dramas. So, it’s no surprise that my very favorite podcast is The Black Tapes.
Once I realized the power of podcasts in making my shitty work commute less shitty, I started listening to them on the daily. I wanted to add some fiction podcasts to my list, because hello – writer! That’s when I stumbled upon The Black Tapes.
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 12-years-old, and at this point, it’s a bit of an understatement to say that I have many, many story ideas. Some are novels and some are screenplays. The genres are varied – general fiction, young adult supernatural, comedy, drama, romance, young adult fantasy. Over the years, I’ve started to write at least half a dozen of these stories, but I’ve only ever completed a thriller novel and two screenplays (one drama, one comedy), all three of which were co-written with my writing partner. I always thought that accountability was the biggest block to actually finishing (and pitching!) my own books, but I’ve come to realize that the real problem–and my true archenemy–is perfectionism.