If Spring is the promise of life to come, then Summer is the season of bringing it to fruition.
There are two things I pretty much know will happen this Summer. By mid-Summer, we’ll be winding down Season 2 of “Bored To Death,” and by end of Summer I’ll be doing prep for Season 3 of “Nurse Jackie.” Chris and I (along with our golden, Jezebel) have already started taking weekends out on Fire Island, but by August, I hope to spend some solid weeks out there. And I plan to write.
I’ve had a pet project pounding away at the back of my soul for the past several years. I optioned a timely fantasy book property, and now it’s time for me to push ahead and develop it. But in order to do that, I first have to develop my “self.”
A Showrunner is the person (or persons, in the case of “Nurse Jackie”) who maintains the creative vision of a series. The Showrunner is the eye of the creative storm. To become a Showrunner, a Studio must believe in a person enough to commit millions of dollars to their ideas. To continue as Showrunner, they must captivate the imaginations of millions of viewers.
Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the most talented Showrunners in the business. It’s awesome to witness them in action, and overwhelming to contemplate being in their position. I know how to help Showrunners achieve their own creative goals. Now I need to help myself do the same.
As writing this blog has already taught me, if you write with the knowledge that someone is likely to read it, the whole process becomes more real. Writing this blog has warmed me up, reminded me how much I love to write, and it’s provided a weekly deadline that insists I continue to draw my thoughts and ideas into a form that I can share with others.
So, with the intention of bringing my own dreams to fruition, I write the following:
For my summer I not only wish to inspire creativity for those around me, I desire to nurture it within myself. For my own project to become a reality, I must trust the ideas inside me, and commit to writing them out so that I can inspire that trust in others.
The author of the property I optioned has long supported my vision for translating her books into a series. The other day she sent me the pages of a collection of short stories inspired by the rich world she’s created. She’s asked me to write an introduction for the book. In short, she’s making me a part of the very property I’ve become so passionate about. The deadline? August.
Yes. It’s time to put together what I’ve been learning, and apply it to what I’ve been dreaming about. It’s time to write, and This Summer is the time to do it!