For the last few weeks, I’ve been going up to strangers in coffee shops and asking them what they are working on.
It was pretty intimidating to go up to strangers, but it was a great experience. I learned that people really like talking about their work and that they are aching for a connection with other creative people.
Meet George Anagnostakos
Below are his answers to the three questions I’ve been asking writers in coffee shops.
Me: What are you working on?
George: “I’m working on some pitches for show ideas. I’m hoping they get developed into tv shows.”
M: What’s your next stage and what do you need to get there?
G: “I’d like pitch my own idea and have a team of writers. I love being in a writer’s room. There’s a hive mentality where you’re with people you respect and everyone’s building up each other’s ideas. At this point, I just need a good idea. I have a lot of half-baked ideas, but nothing that really excites me.”
M: What does a writer need?
G: “ Time. I need to make myself sit and focus and flush out an idea. I love writing in coffee shops because I can turn off the internet and really focus.”
This conversation was such a great affirmation of what I’m doing with my organization, Writers Work. I’m proud to be creating a supportive community to help writers develop their craft, career, and community. I’m hosting my FIFTH conference on Saturday, April 9 and it’s going to be a great place to find a community as well as get inspired and informed. I hope you can come and spread the word.
*** As a side note, I’m still working on the film. We’re in the audition process for cinematographers and actors. I will be writing about it soon, but in the mean time you can get more updates by liking the Lily and Mara facebook page.***