8 Minutes Award-Winning Short Film @manhattanshort

Last night I went to our local indie movie theatre in Boise, Idaho and watched the Manhattan Short Film Festival. It’s amazing how many passionate directors, producers, screenwriters, and actors are out there that are unknown (at least here in the US) but producing great work. It was an amazing and enjoyable evening!

Typically I’ve been a Hollywood-only kind of movie watcher. Big blockbuster films and films made from books I’ve read are my favorites. But then at WorldCon I got to know a screenwriter for several indie films. As I’ve helped here and there in the process of editing the English subtitles and copy for the short film 8 Minutes, I’ve seen how creative, passionate, professional, and persistent the crew is. I’m humbled and honored to have been able to watch the process of bringing their vision from paper to screen. I hope they go far and make many more movies, as they are a talented group destined to do great things.

-Heather

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Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins

I’ve been a fan of Jeff Goins for many years. I wept through Wrecked, found my voice through You Are a Writer, and was motivated after reading The Art of Work. So of course I was going to buy his latest, Real Artists Don’t Starve! 
I bought it on audible because I couldn’t wait to consume it! With my day job and writing in the evenings I knew my best option was buying it so I could listen to it on my drive to and from work and while I walked. 
This book is just what I needed at the right time in my life! I’ve been struggling with the whole marketing world for my writing. And feeling guilty. And overwhelmed. 

After reading Real Artists Don’t Starve I feel like a weight has been lifted and that Jeff knew exactly which direction I needed to go, with real life examples to empower me along the way. 

The research, ideas and advice in this book not only are amazing but truly reflect Jeff’s heart for other creatives. 

I suggest everyone go out and buy this book!! And a second one for a creative friend of yours. 

Real Artist Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins
-Heather 

Anxiety and Waiting for the Editor

The End

I love writing the first draft of a book. It’s my favorite part of the process. So when I get to The End I go through withdrawals of a sort. That sense of urgency, that daily need to finish one more chapter, is over with. It feels like I’ve reached the peak of the mountain and am looking down the other side. I’ve accomplished the goal, made it to the top, finished the book. Now What?

Editing!

When I finish writing a book, I go through it several times (my first one I edited completely at least fourteen times!). Then it takes me a day or two to get up my nerve to e-mail it to my editor. I eat lots of chocolate before I hit send.

It’s not that my editor is mean or horrible. She’s actually quite amazing. I’ve learned a lot from her. I’ve gotten better at commas (better, not perfect), I’ve learned to watch repeated words (most of the time – it’s amazing what fresh eyes on a manuscript can find!), and my story structure is getting more organized and flows more naturally. I’m improving with each book. It’s an amazing feeling, this learning and growing.

Anxiety

After the downward spiral from finishing the book, the time spent editing, the nervouseness of sending it to the editor, I find myself having chest pain. I ease off the coffee and chocolate, blaming the increased use of caffeine I used during the editing process.

Nope. Not the caffeine. When I finally get my book back from the editor and see that it doesn’t look like a scene from a bloody horror story, my chest pains go away. Stupid anxiety. I know this happens every time. And each time I try to control it, but it still rears it’s ugly head.

But it’s getting better. With each book I learn more and get more confident, and the anxiety decreases. I’ve found many other writers have anxieties throughout this process as well. I’m thankful to all of them for sharing their stories so that people like me can hear and have hope to keep on writing!

Now I’ll go enjoy some coffee and start my next project.

-Heather