Yesterday, I had a post that got a ton of great comments and I think people really liked this one. It was about the one trait that screenwriters needed to have. And so many people responded with really kind comments and that made me feel good, so I thought I’d talk a little more about it. And the post was really about the one trait screenwriters needed to have, which is grit. I talked a little about how I had this pet project that I couldn’t sell and how that really put me into a funk because I was so sad about it because of all the projects that I wanted to sell, it was really this one because it was so close to my heart. The feedback that I got from so many people in the position of buying it was that they loved it, it moved them to laughter and tears, they actually loved it, but for other reasons, they just couldn’t buy it.

That depressed me because I think that the project really deserves a home and I know people will love it. And it wasn’t even about the money for me. I just wanted this to have a home. Then I came to the realization that the project is already sold. It just hasn’t happened yet. And that one line I think really resonated with a lot of people. They really liked that so I thought I’d talk a little bit more about that.

This next thought is not my original thought, but I’m going to share it anyway. As a creative person, it’s really hard to be in that struggle because it’s always about, “Oh, what if it doesn’t happen for me? Am I good enough? Am I not good enough? I am good enough, but no one likes me.” You want to be appreciated and loved and it’s really hard. I totally get that. It’s hard to be in that space.

As a creative person, you have a choice. You can either be in fear or you can be in faith. But you can’t be in both places. You have to choose. It’s one or the other. And if you were in fear like that first example I gave you, that occupies a lot of time and a lot of energy. And if you decide to be in faith, then that frees up all that time and energy and you can put that time and energy into something more productive, into your creativity, into improving your craft. And to be honest, improving your craft is really the only thing that you do have control over. And what happens when you improve your craft? Only good things happen. Only good things happen when you get better at what you are working on. So, at the end of this video, I’m going to give you a choice. That choice is, are you going to decide to be in fear or in faith?

And if you’d like to learn a little bit more about how I stay in faith, I’m happy to share that with you. I have a number of tricks that I use that I think about daily. Just leave a comment, if that’s what you want. I’m happy to talk more about it. You’re welcome to follow me here. Also, on Instagram. I post more exclusive content on Instagram @MichaelJaminWriter. Okay, so now it’s your turn. You have that moment of truth. You have to decide right now, are you going to be in fear or are you going to be in faith?

Michael Jamin, Showrunner, TV Writer, Author

Michael Jamin

For the past 26 years, Michael Jamin has been a professional television writer/showrunner. His credits include King of the Hill, Beavis & Butthead, Wilfred, Maron, Just Shoot Me, Rules of Engagement, Brickleberry, Tacoma FD and many more.

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