Today begins February. This year, I’m going to be 25. What. the. heck.
I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by and lately I’ve been kicking myself in the head because I’m not doing all the things I wanted to do at this age. Just yesterday, I read a post about this guy who had dreams of writing a novel and traveling the world. He’s in his 40’s now and just realized he hasn’t accomplished a thing and has lost the enthusiasm he once had for life. He’s depressed. He doesn’t know what to do. His life has passed him by.
That will not be me.
I don’t care if it means doing something crazy or working too hard or sacrificing things, but I do not want to be 40 years old wishing I had taken chances in life, wishing I had gotten off of Facebook and WRITTEN THAT STORY I’VE BEEN DREAMING ABOUT.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I have dreams of being a novelist and screenwriter. I want to write stories and have those stories turned into movies. And the truth is, I’ve been having SO much trouble lately motivating myself to write.
Like, seriously. I’ve been camping out in procrastination city.
When I do write, all I can think about is how terrible of a writer I am and how I’m not ever going to succeed so why try?
But I think it’s time for things to change. So today, and for the rest of the month, I’m going to challenge myself to finish a screenplay by writing 3 pages every day. By the end of the month, if I write 6 additional pages somewhere in the month, I’ll have a feature-length screenplay. I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to write about but that’s okay. For so long, I’ve been too busy outlining my stories. And then, when it comes time to write them, I feel so overwhelmed that I give up without even trying.
But 3 pages seems manageable for me right now. 3 pages seems completely feasible. Maybe I’ll end up writing more. I don’t know. But 3 pages is the goal. I’m calling it #3pagesaday
So here it goes. And if you’re like me — procrastinating that screenplay — then I urge you to join me. We can do it!