Faith in the Next One
Being in college, one of my favorite holiday traditions is getting home and meeting up with my writing partner. We don’t get to see each other often, and holidays are always a productive time. (And it’s certainly a more fun tradition than the festive agony that is Detroit Lions football.) We constantly talk about our script ideas, but there’s no substitute for face-to-face collaboration.
And this is the time of year when we really dive into things. So as time goes on, I can look back on Thanksgivings past and remember them by what script we were working on at the time. We’ve worked in a lot of different genres and followed quite a few false leads, but one thing remains constant: every year, we’re completely convinced that we’ve finally hit the goldmine. Whatever project we’re working on at any given time feels like the best thing we’ve ever written, the thing we were born to make.
Some of our early writing was quite bad, and it’s something we laugh about now. The idea that we ever thought any of those scripts would be our big break is hilarious. But with every passing year, we really are getting better. We’re refining our voice, learning structure, and simply putting in the hours. And I really, really think we’re onto something this year. We’re writing something unique to us, something nobody else could write. It’s influenced by a variety of our favorite art, but nonetheless true to our lives. It’s something that we wouldn’t have been capable of creating five years ago. If I’m being honest, it’s pretty great.
I truly, truly believe in what we’re doing, and it wouldn’t surprise me if it ended up being our first real success. But even more than that, I believe in how much better it is than what we were writing last year. The progress we’re making is incredibly visible. It gives me faith that this idea of pursuing an artistic life has some value. That if you devote yourself to a craft, it really is possible to grow with it.
So if this doesn’t end up being our ticket to artistic stardom, I have confidence that the next one will. Or the one after that. Or the one after that. All I care about is that they keep getting better.
Always Looking Ahead