Today I am thrilled to begin pulling back the curtain on the making of our launch StoryApp: In the Footsteps of Giants.
The nexus of the project, and the most important element of all, is the story. So this is where we began. And as we close out the first month of a new year, I am happy to say that we're closing in on a working manuscript.
But the road traveled thus far is not been straight. Is it ever?
You never know what’s going to happen when you give yourself over to the creative process, no matter the medium of expression. You conceive of an idea. You pitch it to an agent or editor, who takes it to a publisher or producer; or you take it directly to the crowd. And they say, “Sure! Let’s make that.” At which point you do a happy dance. Maybe celebrate with your friends.
But then the real work begins…
“What it boils down to is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.”
You roll up your sleeves and dive in only to find, inevitably, that the road you intended to travel has many intersecting pathways, many of which you did not foresee. And some of these promise a more interesting journey.
What do you do? Well, as in life when facing various options that will lead to different futures, no two of us will react alike. Here are a few likely scenarios:
Some will fear these potential golden highways as siren calls, as possible dead ends. They will balk and continue to pursue the proposed path despite the potholes that need dodging and brambles that need bushwhacking.
Others will right away shout, “Cool, let’s see where this road leads,” even at the risk of it taking them nowhere.
Many will test this fork here, back out and try that one there, before making a commitment.
And still others will tie themselves up in knots before picking one route and forging ahead into the unknown, if they manage to pick one at all.