It doesn’t matter how amazing your performance or products are, if you target the wrong audience, who don’t recognize, appreciate, or need your value, your effort will be both wasted and rejected.
Rejection is just an opinion, remember? It reflects them more than me, right?
~JIA JIAN, author of Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection
Like a lot of writers, I’m a people watcher. I’m an observer by nature. Truth be told, at times I’ve spied to get a good story, to create a good character.
Often new writers will begin with some cool fantastical scene to hook the reader then POOF! The character wakes up and “Ha, ha. It wasn’t real. It was a dream.” This backfires for a number of reasons. First of all, our first five pages are some of our most critical. They are the best selling tool we have for an agent, an editor and even a potential reader.
We know how to become better writers. As with anything in life, the way to get better at writing is to practice. That said, there’s two kinds of practice. There’s the competitively oriented kind where you run drills to improve, like soccer. And then there’s the process-oriented kind, where you mindfully return to it over and over, for the sake of the experience itself, like yoga.
King believes there is a muse and I wholeheartedly agree with him; furthermore, I’ve discovered exactly who the muse is. It’s someone you know.
If you write a spec script based upon the first story idea that comes into your mind, that script likely won’t sell. Why? Because almost assuredly, it is not a strong story concept.
Many of us have looked at our dream jobs, such as screenwriting, and either thought or been told that only certain people can have that dream. We are told that only the incredibly lucky or the connected few can become screenwriters, actors, directors, or any of those other careers that sound too good to be true.
Email is fast, quick and easy to pitch bloggers but there is a right and wrong way to do this. A bad pitch or a rambling email can send your email into the delete bin so here are some quick tips to get your pitch the attention it deserves.
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We all deal with fear of rejection. Jia Jiang did too. But he overcame it… thanks to a box of donuts.
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