Playwriting

The Doing

I come across a lot of people who like to talk about their creative projects. They like to talk about their plans, their goals, how great their plans and goals are going to be. They talk…. a lot. Yes it can be good to verbalize what you’re doing and how you’re going to do it. But many of these folks talk about the doing and yet don’t actually do anything. Sometimes I get tired hearing about projects to be, instead of seeing those projects come to fruition.

It’s a trap to talk about doing more so than participating in the act of doing. If you’re talking, it makes you think that something is happening. That talking is part of the process. Which it can be, sure. But the fact of the matter is that the words coming out of your mouth go into the ether and vanish. It’s the words on the page, or the paint on the canvas, or the dance through your feet that matter. The doing is what makes you an artist, in whatever genre you enjoy. The talking about the doing does not make you better at your craft.

And further to this, there are those who talk so much about how they can’t do something (not enough time, no ideas, not good enough, blah, blah, blah) I’m sure they can talk themselves out of anything. There seem to be a million and one reasons why something can’t be done.

I often tell student writers the only major difference between those who write for a living and those who don’t, is that a professional writer starts writing and doesn’t stop. They are engaged in the doing, every day. Sometimes they don’t do it well, sometimes they only do for a few moments. But that doesn’t matter, there’s no time limit on the doing. It’s all part of being an artist. Nothing is perfect all the time, nothing is perfect the first time out of the gate. The important thing is to never stop the doing.

So what are you doing? What’s stopping you?

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Lindsay Price

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