BELA LAMPERT

Yoga Instructor
Optioned Screenwriter

Why you shouldn't fear confusion

Where Do You Start?


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I read a newsletter from Seth Godin the other day.

It had a great message that is very important to writers in my opinion. 

Instinctively we might know that but if we’re not conscious about it we might shy away from it.

And that is, “it starts with confusion”.

Confusion is an integral part of the writing process.

But often, when we’re confused we think it’s something bad. We made a mistake. Wrong decisions. Or we’re just bad writers.

Not so.

Most of all – if not all – great things started with confusion.

I’ve read a lot of interviews from writers who said when they started on a certain television show (that later became hugely successful), they had no idea what to do.

Now, if you’re a writer who is paid to head a TV show of course you know a lot about writing.

This is not to say that them saying “I’ve no idea what to do” means the same thing as when a complete newbie who has never written a single page says it.

What it shows is no matter how much you learn and already know, the “confusion” part will always be there to a huge extent because finding the diamonds in midst all this confusion, the story and the characters that glues people to their screens, is always going to be a part of the process.

Even for pros.

So, relax, don’t be hard on yourself and welcome the feeling of being “confused”. It’s okay.

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