Is It All For Naught?

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I have a film script, Going On a Bear Hunt, that I have been working on, and which I have considered submitting to the NYWIFT (New York women in film & television) for a workshop they are sponsoring in September. Presented by NYWIFT and IRIS, The Writers Lab is funded with the generous support of Meryl Streep. The Lab brings 8 women screenwriters over the age of 40 together with established mentors from the film industry for an intimate gathering and intensive workshop at Wiawaka Center for Women on Lake George, NY from September 18-20, 2015. The Lab is presented in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East. Sounds cool, right?

There is a small fee to submit as is always the case, but it could be great…or a big fat waste of time. I mean let’s be honest, I suspect a whole lot of people will be submitting and so the probability of my getting in is pretty slim. My script is for a family film, and that too could or could not limit my chances. On the one hand it has a little something for everyone. It is centered around a family camping trip that includes grown kids, their children, and of course the grandparents, who have something to tell, but are hesitant to do so. It’s both funny and heartwarming. It is not however, an action/adventure film, or a remake, or a sequel, which is all that ever gets made these days.

On the plus side I have the story exactly where and how I want it, but I do not have the proper formatting down. That would require purchasing the (rather expensive) software for Final Draft, which is not in my budget. Now maybe they would overlook the formatting issues in favor of a good story. Who knows?

The thing is, I was on my way to Del Mar this weekend, when the opening line for a new novel popped into my head, and now I want to write that. I have yet to get a single review for my last novel, Hanging From the High Wire despite contacting more sites than ever before. I am at my wits end as to how to promote the novels I do have published, so why on earth would I start another?

There is also the entire first season of a show with the working title, On Thin Ice about a new hockey team and it’s owners, that I have written. What the hell am I doing people? And more to the point, what should I be doing? I love Going On a Bear Hunt, & On Thin Ice, and yet writing novels is kind of my thing. Do I submit the script, or do I write the novel? And while I’m asking questions, how on earth am I going to get some reviews for Hanging From the High Wire? I need to be bringing in a salary here and I can’t stop writing long enough to figure this out, even though in truth, I have spent a ridiculous amount of time trying. I guess all I’m saying is, woe is me! Please fix this for me immediately and thank you in advance!

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About bridgetstraub

Author, Artist & Mom. First novel "Searching for My Wand" was published in December 2011
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4 Responses to Is It All For Naught?

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    Wish I had a good answer for you. I can’t even help myself. At least you’ve been cranking out the writing!

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Road trippin’ with A to Z
    Tossing It Out

  2. Margarita says:

    Bridget, you are one amazing woman! Are writing the new novel AND submitting the script mutually exclusive? I have no idea what is entailed, so please forgive me if I’m asking a silly question.

    As for marketing your existing novels, have you tried checking out similar novels on Amazon, or any other book site, and seeing what keywords are being used in connection with those? Perhaps some of them could be applied to your oeuvres and drive more traffic to them?

    Wishing you all the very best and sending positive vibes your way! xoxoM

    • I can do both so long as I focus. I think I just have to commit to doing both. I just get so involved in writing something new – in this case the novel – that it’s hard to pull myself away to concentrate on the script. Thanks for your supportive words!

      • Margarita says:

        That passion is what has driven you to produce your body of work, Bridget. Practice harnessing it so you can do more! xoxoM

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