*He is not a secret agent. Not at all.



So I'm framing this toward my fellow writers, but I think it applies to anything creative. Even sauciers. Just replace script with Hollandaise. It should work.

You ever - you know - break some script (or novel or short story or hate mail) you've written, be it two weeks ago, two years ago or two gigaseconds ago, and just read it because you want to? Do you ever read your own stuff for your own entertainment? To revel in pure egocentric self admiration? Or even just to remind yourself that you don't totally suck?

Now let me be clear here. You're not reading it for purposes of revision, rewriting, editing, tweaking, punching up, spellchecking (spellcheck that Hollandaise - see it works) or vision testing. You're reading it because you want to. Though if you wind up punching something up, then're a saucier. Write.
  • If the answer is "yeah, sure" (even if you're modest enough to think there's something wrong with actually saying that answer out loud) then, cool. Go do it now. You'll be glad you did. It's a good motivational thing to get writing some more crap amazing stuff.
  • If the answer is "" Then you're doing something wrong. If you don't want to read it then how can you possibly expect anyone who's not you do the same. Either try harder or quit now.
Ultimately, it goes back to the writing of it. I was recently engaged in a screenplay and around page 45, I walked away from it. Just the fact that I was able to walk away from it indicated that it was not as awesome as it was supposed to be. If you're not driven to write whatever you're working on, stop working on it. Unless you're getting paid.

The sauce in the photo is cranberry mustard. Awesome on fries, hot dogs, turkey sandwiches, chunks of cheese, rice cakes, white bread and your index finger (middle and distal). Sometimes it's just about finding a delivery system.
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