The secret weapon for turning challenge into opportunity: An interview with screenwriter Shannon Phipps

Shannon Phipps never set out to be a screenwriter, never even entertained the notion. Then, one day in 2000, she watched the blockbuster movie The Sixth Sense. The superbly written plot sunk its tentacles into her creative mind, wound around her heart and pumped a craving into her veins. She too wanted to take audiences captive the way M. Night Shyamalan had with his script.

She too wanted to write for the screen.

But she had no idea how to begin. Continue reading “The secret weapon for turning challenge into opportunity: An interview with screenwriter Shannon Phipps”

6 reasons giving up your dreams is a terrible idea

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Reasons to quit chasing your dreams are easy to come by. In fact, they come by on their own ugly selves, right up in your face like the bullies they are, spitting hot and loud.

They like to yell at you how preciously scarce are time, money, energy, resources and support from others.

Reasons to quit pursuing your dreams like to front as legitimacy, but their sole reason for existence is to tear down a dreamer – to deceive the warrior into laying down arms.

Quitting can be tempting, especially in the middle of the hard, and your battered mind and soul ache for salve of clarity and encouragement.

Behold, weary dreamer. The six truths of why you should never quit pursuing your dreams. Continue reading “6 reasons giving up your dreams is a terrible idea”

A prayer for the dream chaser {#DreamChaser series}

As my dream-chasing adventure unfolds, I find myself in this weird, uncomfortable position. One foot in familiar territory and one stepping toward that which I cannot see or really even imagine.

Unsettling? Yes.

At the same time, within me stirs a robust hope colored with wonder. It makes me eager to see the next, as if I’m a child trying to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. Continue reading “A prayer for the dream chaser {#DreamChaser series}”

5 lessons broken dreams teach us {#DreamChaser series}

The #DreamChaser series features inspiring personal stories and lessons I learned as I bravely chase the dream God laid on my heart of being a writer.

 

Then it happened again.

Another letter of rejection.

I had spent years toiling over my novel, a story that wasn’t just close to my heart – it WAS my heart. And my heart was shattered. Continue reading “5 lessons broken dreams teach us {#DreamChaser series}”