I'm only 1.5k away from my goal of 20k words for this weekend! Managing to stay ahead of the game this time around, and some really great plot development is already occurring, leaving me very happy and excited.
Because things are going so well I thought I'd leave a little advice here too, for anyone struggling to meet today's 15k wordcount goal.
Firstly, this is a tough month for many of us. School can start to seem overwhelming, as projects and papers pile up and final leer at us from the stormy peaks of December. Work stalks us even in our sleep, as a new week surges towards us with every passing minute. Commitments to friends and family fall by the wayside, leaving us starved for attention and drained. Tackling 50k (or more) words during November is a gauntlet of mythic proportions that only those of us actually attempting it can hope to understand.
But there are some tricks to making it through to the end. The shiny golden finish line isn't that far off, really - you can make it if you try, and when you do, you'll feel lifted to the clouds by the bouncy of your pride in your victory.
So, I finished the preview for my big editing contract with the Pacific Zen Institute today - feeling mightily fulfilled and intrepid right now. It's quite the good little four minute introduction to everything the Blue Cliff is about, and I had way too much fun making it. I'm just happy that the clients were as happy as I!
I really enjoy working on smaller pieces, with music and fun, snappy cuts. Larger projects, like the actual Standing at Blue Cliff are fun in their own way, but lack the immediacy of the smaller pieces. I think that it has something to do with the nature of the piece - in the short video you get to tell a story instantly, and it all comes together with a relatively short amount of time spent on it. It takes longer for larger projects, so you don't get to see the good stuff right away. But finishing this preview has made me really appreciate everything that the larger project is too - because the preview was culled from pieces of the larger project! I can tell now that there is still so much great material left to work with, and I'm coming up with new ideas for how to put it all together.
I guess the point I'm reaching from here is a pretty simple one, but I think its simplicity doesn't at all undermine its relevance. You may not be able to see the forest for the trees, or the cave wall for the darkness, but if you give it time you'll find that the smallest sources of light and goodness are merely the glittering tips of the iceberg. With all art - including the art of living - you just need to keep peeling back the layers until you find the treasure you've been looking for.
I'll let you all know when it's up and available.
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