So the other morning after writing for three hours straight, I was enchanted by the charms of the sofa and remote control. Hey, the kids were in school and the morning was mine to behold. I should've been writing more, but I was burnt from staring at the laptop screen.
Oh the joy of sinking into the sofa, remote in hand, for some quality vegetation. Pure bliss. Funny, when you spend so much time creating your own story and characters, it's such a treat to be entertained by someone else's for awhile. That old movie, Tootsie, was on--just starting--so I set down the remote and got comfy.
I've seen Tootsie before, but it's been a long time, so I didn't remember all the dialogue, just the premise for the story. Why am I telling you about it?? Because Dustin Hoffman's character, Michael Doresy, is someone to make note of. A talented actor with a difficult-to-work-with attitude, Michael finds work by impersonating a woman, which earns him a role on a successful soap opera.
Michael's agent warned him no director would hire him because of his reputation for his argumentative side--I mean, this guy argues about why the sky is blue, kind of thing. But Michael is a really good actor. He knows it. And dressing up as a woman is the only way for him to get work as an actor. Of course, there's all kinds of problems this causes--trying to juggle both lives as man and woman. But Michael is so passionate about his work, he is willing to suffer through it.
There was a scene with Michael and his agent talking about why he would want to continue impersonating a woman just so he can act. Michael was so passionate--he said he'd rather be acting as a woman than not acting at all. His point being that the work--or the art of it--was so important, that he was learning the craft even while impersonating the woman. That's how far he'd go to be able to act.
Then once he was used to being treated as a woman, he felt like he had a message for other women. His passion ignited even further and he was doing something he loved while trying to help other people. Wow! Is that like a dream or what?
Reason I'm bringing up Tootsie in the first place is because I was applying it to life as a writer. How far would you go for your craft? Are you passionate about it? Willing to step outside your comfort zone in order to make things happen?
Sometimes that's what it takes. And I don't mean impersonation ... lol , that is, unless it really floats your boat ... But I mean doing whatever it takes to be an author / writer. Maybe it's skipping that dinner out, or that movie you've been dying to see. Maybe you give up your entire day off to research and query agents, or to finish that WIP that your editor's been waiting on.
Passion fuels our desires. Passion makes things happen.