We all have ideas. We can’t follow up on every one of them.
In my case, I had an awesome idea for a screenplay 10 years ago. After writing a few pages, I held auditions for the female lead. One of the actresses who read for me used to play a primary character on a serial drama in the 80’s and 90’s, and was also the lead in one of a series of well-known horror films. I was jazzed about the prospects of my dream!
But then life kicked back in and my devotion to writing ceased.
About a year later I saw that there was a series on cable whose character sounded just like the description of my leading lady. Same accent, same line of work, similar physical description. I was flattened as my ambitions deflated. It seemed that somebody else had beaten me to the punch.
This little article does a great job of illustrating how important it is to embrace ideas and follow up on the ones you have a passion for. That is not to say that every idea that crosses your mind is viable or is a good one. Rather, we should know ourselves well enough to be able to decide which ones to hang on to and which ones to let go.
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My life is still very busy, but my dream has not died. I am still working on my screenplay, albeit sporadically.
– Stephen Dunham