Hey y'all, I'm back and better than ever...I think. How has everybody been? Good, that's good. I was worried that you had gotten sick or something, but it seems as though you're all okay. Anyways, let's start the blog.
This week I'm going to connect "Opportunity" from the Broadway musical "13" to writing. 13 is a personal favorite of mine. It's basically the story of Evan Goldman, a Jewish New York native, telling about the month leading up to his Bar Mitzvah. His parents get divorced and he moves with his mom to Appleton, Indiana, a town in the middle of nowhere. He wants to get the cool kids to come to his Bar Mitzvah and ends up getting blackmailed into getting the whole school into an R-rated movie and getting the geeky kid on crutches a date with the prettiest girl in school. In the end, the cool kids abandon Evan when he realizes he doesn't really like them anyway and he decides to be friends with the kid on crutches and his loser neighbor.
You should YouTube the song, but beware, there are two versions. This is the version that would be preformed if you went to a school or community theatre production, or any other modern production.
"If I prayed to God and cried a little, maybe he'd provide a little O-P-P, opportunity,"
Okay, ignoring the religious part, your writing opportunities are often things you have to keep wishing for. You might have to work a little bit to get them, but it's not always up to you. Sometimes you think about it, get a little worked up over it and then go to bed and hope for the best opportunity to present itself. It's kind of the same with any kind of opportunity, writing, acting, singing, etc.
"We could be king and queen of this school,"
Your opportunity could be the best thing that ever happens to you. It could, if you're lucky, take you to the top of whatever you're doing. It could take you to the top of the website you post on, it could get you the most reviews, or even get you to the top of the bestseller list (and isn't that we all want, deep down inside?)! No one wants to be second best, no one wants to make it almost all the way and then have to stop and not make it there.
"And there's nothing to say, unless I scheme and I plot 'til she's outta the way. If it didn't make me hate myself, I bet I could create myself an O-P-P opportunity,"
In the end, you're going to have to take matters into your own hands and do something. That something may just be going after what you want and saying yes to your opportunity. It might be saying the right thing to get your opportunity. It might even be getting in and getting dirty to create your own opportunity, surfing the internet, looking for publishers. You could join a writers' club and that could help you find the right publisher or website. Whatever you do, however, don't be a Lucy (the nasty character who sings this song) and sabotage another writer to get an opportunity. It's nasty and will earn you a horrible reputation.
So, there you go. Remember: go after your opportunities and chase your dreams, no matter what others tell you. No dream is stupid or unrealistic if it's what you truly want. Don't give up on it until you get what you want.
Until next week,
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