It has been a few weeks since part one of the series. The past weeks since part one was my journey to making part two. One of the hardest things to go through as a writer is a rejection. While completing my script and handing it into a festival, I began to this about my first time handing a script in.
My first script ever, of course, got rejected. It was a short script, and it was my first time doing a script ever. It consumed me for the longest time, to the point that I had to take a break from writing scripts for a few months after the rejection. The point of my writing part two is to show how the negative experience that all writers will go through can be exhausting, but in the end, worth it as we grow.
The first short script that was on my mind, was Simon Says. It was a short script only twelve pages long. It was initially a project, and I worked on it and handed it in. I was told the script was good, and I did what I had to do to the script and handed it into a festival. The script was rejected, and I was crushed.
I had to take time off from writing scripts after that. It is hard to get a rejection for your work, and no matter what it hurts. it’ll make you question yourself. I went through long nights trying to figure out where I went wrong with the script, and for the life of me, I couldn’t come up with an answer. It drove me crazy, and for a good three months, I was not a pleasant person to talk to at all.
As time went by, I eventually accepted the fact that Simon Says was a rejection. I continued classes and met a couple of amazing film writing teachers through Southern New Hampshire University. They not only helped hone my skills but helped me understand a fundamental fact that writing is a process, and it will take a long time.
That was a critical turning point in how I have gotten to this point as a writer. My mind is at ease, and now I understand that rejection of my future scripts could come, but there is always more I can do to improve my script. The key is never giving up and to keep trying.
I always think about Simon Says and how it didn’t make it. It keeps me motivated to write my scripts and make them better. Looking back at Simon Says, I laugh at it when I look at it. I wonder what I was thinking when I wrote that. I have zero intentions to work on Simon Says ever again. While staring at it, I just can’t help but wonder why that person told me the script was good. It was the worst thing I have ever written in general.
It may knock you in a slump for a while, that is normal. A writer’s mind should always have time, especially if they need it. When that period is over, it is the best period you can imagine in terms of motivation to keep going. Turn the bad and make it into the best thing possible.
The final part of the series for the writer’s mind will be coming later, and it won’t take as long as it did for this one. If you haven’t read Inside A Writer’s Mind: Part one of Three yet, be sure to read part one. Part three the final part of this series will be coming soon.