Yesterday I looked back on my year –
I asked myself: What have I done this year?
Here’s what I’ve done:
- I made a film about stockmen (Australian cowboys) for an Outback museum
- I walked the Camino Portuguese with some wonderful friends
- I began building an online film producing course with my university
- I started my intuition film.
That’s all I did.
I felt very flat.
I told Jennifer.
She said: Are you insane?
But when it comes down to it, that’s all I did.
That’s all I created.
(I regard the Camino Portuguese tour as a creative endeavour.)
You know what Jennifer then said?
She said: Yep Bill, you’re right. You’ve done bugger all. You’ve got ten more days in the year. Get to work!
And so I’ve started writing my book on photographing the Camino.
After two days I’m 6000 words in.
While everyone else has been kicking back enjoying pre-Christmas parties etc, I’ve been writing.
I figure that at this rate, I should have at least 15,000 words done by New Year’s Eve, and a first draft done by the end of January.
By March it should be ready for publication.
(The book is a practical guide to photography on the Camino, and will probably be only about 50,000 words – but with plenty of photos.)
And of course there’s the PGS film, which takes priority over everything.
But January is a quiet month, so in between working on the film I’ll have time to write as well.
This time next year I want to be able to answer that question – What did I do this year? – by saying:
- I wrote a new book
- I walked the Via de Francesca with some wonderful friends
- I finished my PGS film
- I finished the first stage of the online course with my university
- I finished my Indian honour killing film – DEFIANT
- I wrote a new screenplay
That would be a good year.
I’ll work towards that.