Danny Iny over at Firepole Marketing challenges the trendy belief that we all have an equal chance to build powerful online platforms. Just as you suspected, “the deck really is stacked against you,” says Danny. The Internet is not a level playing field. We’re up against the brick wall.
We writers really need to hear this:
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out…”
I see many writers cowering in the shadow of the rumour that brick walls bar the way to success.
“The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something…”
I discovered this for myself when I made a living in the screen trade. The bumper sticker of the day was: “Is there anybody in America not writing a screenplay?” But how many of those screenplays were any good? How many writers wanted to excel badly enough keep scaling the wall?
“The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough…”
Anyone with a computer can knock off a script or a novel. But is it Art? Is everyone willing to rewrite?
And reflect and assess and experiment. And layer, simplify, complexify, question their characters, go nearly insane asking what it’s all about, what’s the pattern emerging? where is the heart of my story? what does it mean? what’s its secret centre?
“The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They are there to stop the OTHER people.”
The brick walls are there to stop the other people.
A serious writer knows how true this is. Writing well is so tough that, by comparison, a brick wall is nothing.
Brick walls are a good writer’s best friend.
“The brick walls stop the other people.”
P.S.: Next week we’re going to bump up against a real brick wall in a post about “how to write funny”.