BELA LAMPERT

Yoga Instructor
Optioned Screenwriter

One of those days

There are days when just nothing seems to work out. Everything you touch seems to go down the drain. Your writing sucks, people around you are bad with you, you're low on energy, nothing seems to work out. You try to fix things but even that doesn't seem to work out. What you do? Accept it. Don't react on it. Take it as it is. It passes. Observe what happens as if it were happening to another person and keep in mind that this is just a moment, a situation that will pass like so many situations passed already that in the end didn't matter all that much. Or, even, turned into something better. To practice oberving and accepting:(To get the link to the "Yoga for Writers" Program sign up for my daily emails on this website and check the P.S. section of the Welcome email!) ...

Getting lost on Pinterest? Again?

"But I'm researching", you might argue. Yes, maybe you are. And maybe you're wasting your time. How do you know the difference? There is an easy way to distinguish between the two. Are you doing it consciously? With a specific outcome in mind? Are you avoiding all other distraction, be it on or off Pinterest?  Then that's research. Did you forget why you went to Pinterest in the first place, or needed a moment remembering that? Are you looking at other stuff that has nothing to do with your research? If you're not doing it with a conscious decision, it's distraction. Stop it. Go back to your intention. What happened the exact moment before you went on Pinterest? Unconscious habits steal us so much time. Time that we can use creatively. Imagine, when you could add up all the time you went into some kind of unconscious avoidance, to how much time would that add up?  Time you could spend writing? Practice spotting unconscious habits:(To get the link to the "Yoga for Writers" Program sign up for my daily emails on this website and check the P.S. section of the Welcome email!) ...

Do You Have the Courage?

Let's suppose you want to go a certain way. But you can't. Because there is a red light. What do you do? You make a choice. Either, you force your way ahead in the intended direction, cross the street, trying not to get hit by a car and and up in hospital or the morgue. Or, you go where the green light points. It may not be exactly where you intended to go, and maybe you will end up in a different place. But maybe this new way or this new place turns out to be even better than your "old way". (Of course there is also a third option: you wait. But would you really want to?) How this applies to writing? If something doesn't work, it just means that this particular road is blocked. For now. Look for the green light! What are your possibilities? Maybe another route will take you to your goal. Maybe it will take you to a better, albeit unexpected outcome. The necessary ingredient? Courage. The courage to go to unknown places. To find your courage:(To get the link to the "Yoga for Writers" Program sign up for my daily emails on this website and check the P.S. section of the Welcome email!) ...

Being “bad”

Writing freely is easy. What keeps most people from doing it is their perfectionism. They believe, what they put on the page needs to be perfect. So, while they intend to create, they keep stopping their creative juices by criticizing themselves. In order to write "well", master writing "badly" first! Don't think you have to have it all figured out when you write it down! Writing is a puzzle. You start somewhere and then you try to fit the pieces together. Some will fit right from the beginning, most of them won't. And that's ok. Write your bad version first. Get all your bad ideas out of your system. Your great ideas are queuing up somewhere in the back of your mind and they won't come out while they're stuck in the queue with the bad ideas in front of them. Writing a "bad" version is just a placeholder for the great version it will become later. This concept applies to many things in life. If you expect to be great from the beginning, you will sabotage yourself. Start somewhere. Then learn. Then make it better. Most important rule: for this to work you need to let go of perfection! To let go of perfection:(To get the link to the "Yoga for Writers" Program sign up for my daily emails on this website and check the P.S. section of the Welcome email!) ...

Make Inspiration Find You

There is this mystical concept about inspiration that nobody really can explain. But every writer seems to hope for it to strike. Many believe you are "lucky" when it does. And apparently it finds some people more often than others. Because how else would some be more successful than others? If you ask me this is total baloney. As far as my writing is concerned I am with Pablo Picasso who said, "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." So, how do you get inspiration to find you? Show up for workGet some writing done to get the "bad ideas" out of your systemIn case inspiration strikes, use it, try to stay in the flowIn case it doesn't, don't worry about itShow up again the next day The part that you can control is to sit down and write. Some days inspiration will come, others it won't. Whatever the outcome, accept it and show up again the next day. To practice acceptance:(To get the link to the "Yoga for Writers" Program sign up for my daily emails on this website and check the P.S. section of the Welcome email!) ...

My Creativity Spark

Sometimes when I feel I need a little inspiration I will watch a short video that inspires me, for example a movie trailer. Or I will turn on a great motion picture score. Sometimes I watch other writers talk about their work. One of my favorite videos in this regard is from the "Creativity Spark" series from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (also known as the "Oscars"). It features Dustin Lance Black (screenwriter of "Milk", "J. Edgar"), giving us a glimpse into his working routine. My greatest take away from this video is what he says about characters. He says, you shouldn't try to make them relatable, but instead try to make them unique. And unique - to him - means specific. And that specificity comes from research. You can find the video here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/vrvawtrRxsw Just wanted to let you know, this has helped me a lot What also helps a lot:(To get the link to the "Yoga for Writers" Program sign up for my daily emails on this website and check the P.S. section of the Welcome email!) ...

You Did It!

When was the last time you celebrated yourself? When was the last time you celebrated your writing? We tend to focus on the things that are not good, that we need to improve, that are still missing or are not yet working, in our screenplay, book, blog,… That's because we tend to hold ourselves to a certain standard. We would love to have a certain outcome after our writing session. We'd love for it to be perfect. But that's beside the point. What we should do instead, is celebrate: - Celebrate that we took the time to write something, anything...

Why talent can actually be bad for you

There is a great book from Carol Dweck about fixed mindset versus growth mindset. People with a fixed mindset believe that their talents define what they can and cannot do. In other words, if they are lucky to be talented at something, they can become successful in that area If they're not, well, then that's just bad luck and there's nothing you can do about that. (I'm paraphrasing here of course). On the other hand, people with growth mindset believe that what you can or cannot accomplish in life is not defined by your talent but by your diligence. If you do something often enough, practice will always overcome talent. Why is that? Because if you believe that your possibilities are ONLY defined by what is given to you at birth, you are in fact prohibiting growth. If your talent goes only so far, then that's it. That's all the accomplishment you will ever have. Whereas, if you believe in growth, you don't care about your talents. What you DO care about is defining your goals and keep making steps towards them. Relentlessly. Only then will you discover how much potential you really have. What helps discovering your potential:(To get the link to the "Yoga for Writers" Program sign up for my daily emails on this website and check the P.S. section of the Welcome email!) ...