To the #fadeinfamily of novelists, screenwriters, doodlers, all around creatives, artists, instructors and consultants…
This is my love letter to you. You have the courage to journey on a creative path of discovery, even when society rejects you for it. You have the courage to tell your stories on your own terms and with no one’s permission. You are shaping how people think and taking control of your own life. You are making better decisions every step of the way, and supporting those around you to do the same. For some of you, this is a very new journey, but you have never been the type to worry about that, because you think it’s never too late to start something you love. You’re amazingly talented and yet incredibly vulnerable. It’s a sheer pleasure to read your work, even when you think it’s the worst (it’s not, trust me). You’re mature enough to recognize what works and work on what doesn’t, both creatively and personally. You’re willing to follow your heart and engage your brain, all for the greater good of art.
I opened FADE IN: because I wanted to share my love of writing and storytelling with others. It’s been an amazing journey, not without its roadblocks, but worth every minute. The most rewarding surprise has been finding you, my fadeinfamily, a group of sensitive, crazy, witty, fun, silly, serious, professional, kooky people who will clap and cheer when one of us makes it passed our 10-page milestone, or take each other’s calls in the middle of the night to ease a writer’s block crisis or even just give a word of encouragement when we’re struggling.
You have made this a business of inspiration – where inspiration is circular – always around us, with us and through us.
In his TED talk on storytelling, screenwriter Andrew Stanton talks about wonder as an active ingredient of inspiration:
“Wonder is honest, it’s completely innocent. It can’t be artificially evoked. For me, there’s no greater ability than the gift of another human being giving you that feeling — to hold them still just for a brief moment in their day and have them surrender to wonder. When it’s tapped, the affirmation of being alive, it reaches you almost to a cellular level. And when an artist does that to another artist, it’s like you’re compelled to pass it on. It’s like a dormant command that suddenly is activated in you, like a call to Devil’s Tower. Do unto others what’s been done to you.”
You’ve done this for me and for those around you.
Thanks, and keep up the good fight! It’s worth it, I promise.
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