Thursday, May 17, 2007

If You Want To Do a Startup

You should read this website http://gettingreal.37signals.com/. I suggest everyone who is doing any software product to read this and think carefully what he/she wants to create.

A shoutout goes to Wee Shen for suggesting this website a couple of years back. I come back to it once in a while to think over my business ideas.


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Your First Draft Is Always Crap

Your first screenplay is always crap.

That's what rewrites are for.

Dont' be worried about your first screenplay. Just do it. Finish everything as best as you can within a week. Don't be paralysed by fear of failure. As long as you do it, you can work on it.

Someone once said, it is better to edit bad copy than to try to edit nothing.

By finishing something as least you have accomplished something and gained the experience of doing it. No matter how bad you (think) it is, it is a learning experience in itself.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Writing Is Perseverence

Writing is work. It is not just feeling like you want to do something. Even if you don't feel like it you still have to do it.

You can't wait for the muse.

One way to get out of a rut is to set a time limit of say in the next 10-15 minutes write down 10 ideas no matter how stupid you think and choose one of them to further your story.

The act of writing is an effort. No matter how gifted you are, you still have to work. You still face things which you don't know immediately and have to think through the plot and how it all works together.

Monday, May 14, 2007

What If You Had...

What if you had 7 days left to live, what would you do?

Now that you have written that down. Don't you wish you had more time? So then ask yourself...

What if you had 1 month left to live, what would you do?

Now you have an extra 3 weeks. Add more goals to your list. And so continue on...

What if you had 3 months left to live, what would you do?

What if you had 1 year left to live, what would you do?

What if you had 5 years left to live, what would you do?

What if you had 10 years left to live, what would you do?

What if you had 20 years left to live, what would you do?

What if you had 30 years left to live, what would you do?

What if you had 50 years left to live, what would you do?

The thing about life is that whether you have 7 days or 50 years to live, we must realize that we all have finite amount of time on this earth.

We cannot do everything that we want. We have to prioritize and think about what are the important things in life.

Don't wait until "Omigod, I'm 55 years old and there's still so many things in life left for me to do." Days turn into months and months into years very quickly.