We live in a microwave society. Our brains and emotions are stimulated primarily by instant gratification. Facebook. Movies. Snapchat. Twitter. In today's world, you get what you want and you get it instantly. The more I think about this, the more I've thought as of recently, am I doing the right thing by writing novels? Should I be more focused on screenplays instead and cater to this new microwave era?
As a salesperson, the concept of process is forced down your throat early on. Because sales are tied directly to your commission, you want to close as quickly as possible in an ideal world. Meanwhile, in the real world, things move much slower and for good reason. You're not only asking someone to try something new but you're also expecting them to spend a good amount of cash in the process. While your head is screaming, "Let's get this thing closed so I can put some money in my pocket", in your heart you know it's better to develop that relationship with the prospect. Building a relationship builds trust and, once there's trust, you open up a world of possibilities. And none of it would happen without time. Time is everything. Time fuels process.
Though I hate to admit it, having a process in place that takes effort and time--like, say, the process of writing a novel--and seeing that process produce great results brings much more satisfaction then jumping from point A to Z with nothing in between to show for it. It's a slow grind, something that might very well not pay off like you want it to in the end, but if you respect the process and stick to it, breakthroughs happen.
Back to my first question: Am I doing the right thing by writing novels? To answer that, I had to think back to why I even started writing in the first place: To get people interested in reading again. Through my characters and worlds, I wanted to create something that relates directly to readers, not just the old heads, but the newer crowd that see books as merely something that take up space in a library. In order to do that, I have to respect the process. Good things come...