Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy 2009!!

Here’s wishing all my readers a happy and prosperous New Year, full of inspiring, illuminating and lucrative writing. In that order!

For those of you contemplating your goals for the coming year, do yourself a favour and take 20 minutes to watch this brief talk by psychologist Dan Gilbert, in which he debunks some popular myths about what makes us humans happy.

Apparently our brains have an astonishing capacity for envisaging outcomes of various possible scenarios, but are lousy at estimating which outcome is more likely to bring us happiness.

So if you’re basing your screenwriting plans for 2009 on what is most likely to make you happy, be aware that it might not be the obvious …

Thanks to all of you for your responses both here on the blog and through other channels. I look forward to writing for you and hearing from you again in 2009!

Best wishes,

Raving Dave


Jurgen Wolff said...

Good point. Applying this to screenwriting, at first you think having something bought, whether or not it's actually produced, will make you happy. After selling a few things that aren't produced, you think that getting something made, even if they screw it up, will make you happy. After you've had a few things made that were screwed up, you think getting it made the way you want will make you happy...and the moral of the story is: writing it better make you happy, because that's the only part you control! Happy Writing and Happy New Year!

Halo: Best Video Game said...

Hi Dave,

Happy New Year, indeed.

Thanks Dave for all your hard work and helping/advising us with your talent and wisdom.

Hey folks, the Raving Dave Blog is about a screenplay expert who really cares about the writing community and his future and leadership shines...

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