BELA LAMPERT

Yoga Instructor
Optioned Screenwriter

Nothing Times Infinity

I get it. There are "bad" days. Days, on which you just don't feel like working on your project, whatever it might be. Maybe you feel a little under the weather, you're exhausted because the boss of your day job has given you a hard time, your kids suck your energy just right out of you, … And then you feel guilty. Because you feel you should get some writing done (or whatever your project consists of), but you just don't feel like it. What do you do? Keep this in mind: When your body needs rest, and I mean really rest, not just "I'm not in the mood", then rest. Listen to your body. Accept it and relax as much as possible. If you just don't feel like it, and you know that if you do nothing to move your project further you're going to have a bad conscience, you have a decision to make. How is your energy level? If your energy level is fine, you just sit down and do the work. "Don't feel like it" is just a message from the mind that will disappear when you concentrate on the work. If your energy level is low and you keep debating with yourself if you should do some work or not, then do this: Pick one thing, one very simple thing that you can do today, that doesn't take a great amount of energy and time. And just do this little thing. Doing a little thing is times infinitely more than doing zero. If you do nothing, you will...

The Opposite of Right

There are things we want to achieve. In writing and in life. But sometimes, no matter how hard we try to make a specific part of our script or our life better, it just doesn't seem right. Something doesn't work. And the harder we work on it, the less it seems to work out. Sometimes, doing the opposite of what we intended to do in the first place is a faster way to our solution. If your main character's action's seem forced, have him or her do the opposite. If you can't please your boss, don't even try. Quit your job. Find a new one. Be courageous enough to at least think about the possibility of the opposite. Nobody says you have to act on it immediately. How to open yourself up to new solutions?Become part of my "Yoga for Writers" program:(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!) ...

The Grass Is Never Greener

The mind is always looking for the greener grass. It never stops. When you're an aspiring writer you think everything is fine once you have your first sales. Once you have your first sales you think everything will be fine once you can live off of writing. Once you live off of writing you think everything will be fine once you can make a really good income off of it, not just getting by. Once you make a really good income off of it you will worry about other things, thinking, "when I just reach this one thing more everything's going to be fine". But it's not. It's a trap. The mind is always looking for the greener grass. It never stops. If you don't learn to control it, that is. How to learn to control your mind?Become part of my "Yoga for Writers" program:(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!) ...

The Risk-Security-Relationship

A lot of what we do every day is based on the assumption that what we do gives us less risk and more security. Which is fine. In part. An example: If you like to go offshore sailing in the arctic sea and you know what you're doing you'll invest quite some energy on making sure you have every damn security system on board that is available, and most likely you will have gone through a training program for helicopter rescue at sea. Seems like a good investment in your security to me. But what if your dream is to be a sailer but you never leave port because you're afraid something might happen to you at sea? You gain a lot of security from all the things that might happen to you at sea. Almost 100%. I say "almost" because there could still be a tsunami that floods your land and pulls you out to the sea, so even if you never go sailing you still have a slight chance of dying by the force of the water. The point is… If you give yourself too much security, what you do is you make sure that with 100% certainty you will not be able to experience the things that you would like to experience. New things that excite us are always out of our comfort zone and always involve some kind of risk. You'll never be 100% secure from that. By the way… Talking about security. I bet almost all of us never thought a pandemic would hit us...

A Development Program In One Step

There's never more than one step: THE NEXT STEP. No matter what you do. Everything has just the next step. And then the next one. And the next one. In writing and in life. Feeling overwhelmed comes from thinking about the steps that are not relevant right now. Think about the one that IS relevant right now. (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!)Your next steps right now?Become part of my "Yoga for Writers" program: ...

Goals vs. Directions

Goals are often misunderstood. People set goals for themselves and when they don't reach them they think of themselves as a failure. Some even set the goals for themselves so high, that they're impossible to reach, so you feel like a failure all the time. I was certainly "guilty" of this. Goals are merely a point to keep you going in the right direction. They are there so every time you need to assure yourself that you're on the right track you can take a look at your goal to see if the steps you're taking really get you closer to it. If you don't reach your goal, not a problem. If on the way to your goal you find other interesting things and you change your goal, not a problem. If you realize the goal you set for yourself doesn't work for you anymore and you change it, not a problem. Goals are not set in stone and they don't judge you. Don't even concentrate on them too much. Set them for once and then don't think about them anymore. Just check in with them every once in a while to see if you're still going in the right direction. Reaching your goal is just taking the steps, one at a time. Concentrate on the step, not on the goal. How to get clarity about your goals?Become part of my "Yoga for Writers" program:(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...

My Opinion About The Truth

There is no real truth (Okay, maybe enlightened people see things how they really are). There are only words. Opinions. Opinions are the truths of other people. They create their own truth out of their way of thinking. And their way of thinking comes from their experience and their view on how they think things SHOULD be. So, if someone tells you something, be it about you as a person, or about your draft… realize that it's just words. Letters strung together. A bunch of strange sounds that you don't have to give any meaning at all. These words make sense in THEIR world. Not necessarily in yours. They may in fact have nothing at all to do with your world. They may. But they may not. Your book might be absolutely brilliant, but just not for them. So they apply a different standard to it. How do you find your own truth?Become part of my "Yoga for Writers" program:(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!) ...

What’s Your Arc?

As movie characters do, we too have our arcs. We go through certain phases of personal development, we learn, we change. But how aware of that are you? Movie characters are usually in some kind of unhappy spot in the beginning. They think their life is okay, but we can see it really isn't. They are accustomed to the way they live and they don't realize how it's hurting themselves. Often it's the same in our own lives. We have patterns that we follow that are very hard for us to recognize. Some people follow self-destructive patterns their whole life without realizing that they could lead a much happier life if they broke free from them. So in regard to that pattern, they don't have an arc. They don't develop. They might develop in other areas but this pattern still has a strong hold on them. So, how do you break free from that? First, you need to become aware that you are following patterns. It's easy to see the patterns of others, but very hard to see our own ones. Just assume that you have them and start looking for them without feeling guilty. You did nothing wrong. Second, look for the cycles that repeat themselves. Patterns often come in cycles. You can free yourself from them for a while but they come back. As if they were testing you to see how you react this time. Again. Like a movie character. We see change in a movie character is the person has the same temptation as in...

How Inspiration and “Sitzfleisch” Work Together

When I started out writing, I thought when I just concentrate on it enough, when I put in all the work, when I am willing to more than the others, I will automatically become a great writer. Sound familiar? Other writers think it's just all inspiration. They think ideas will just fly to you. So, what do other writers and professional creative thinkers say about the matter? I think it was Michelangelo who said, "Inspiration does exist but it has to find you working". Something, the great Joe Eszterhas, writer of the movie "Basic Instinct", described with other words. For him, what you need most is "Sitzfleisch". IT is a German word and describes the ability to sit on your butt for hours. So, yes, creative work is about putting in work even (and especially) when you don't feel like it. But there's also a second component to it. if you work nonstop you'll get burned out over time. And a burnt out mind can't create. You also need ro let go. Put in the work, but then take a break. Finish that version of the draft but then take a day off. Do your morning writing stint but then focus on other things. Letting go is just as important as working. Athletes know that. The body gains strength between training sessions and not during the exercise. And in the midst of letting go your mind has the time and energy to create something brilliant. How to learn to let go?Become part of my "Yoga for Writers" program:(To get the link to the...

Is David Lynch Right About Characters?

In his book about transcendental meditation David Lynch writes that you don't need to feel what your characters feel. You can distance yourself from that. Other opinions about your connection to your characters that I've come across. No tears in the reader, no tears in the writer. Or just recently, someone told me this one: Every character you write comes from a place inside of you because that character comes from your brain. Try to find out what that connection is and write from that. Bottom line? There is no absolute truth, there is only your truth. Try out what works for you. In your world, YOU are the decision maker, so you need to find out your own approach. How to learn more about your own way?Become part of my "Yoga for Writers" program:(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!) ...