Why sucking is sometimes good.

I had a hard deadline today to finish a commissioned treatment of a new project that I started working on a few months ago.

To be honest, I’ve been procrastinating on this project like a junior high school student with algebra homework.

It’s not because I don’t like the project.  I love it.  I was putting it off because I didn’t have answers to a couple of the big questions that I needed in order to write the treatment.

I finally sat down on Sat. and Sun. and forced myself to answer those questions somehow, because I did have a deadline, after all.  I had no choice but to finish.

You know what?  I came up with something, because I had to, and I finished the treatment.

Is it perfect?  No.  In fact, it may even suck.

But I’d take something that sucks over nothing any day of the week.

Because something can get better. Nothing just goes nowhere.

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  • THAT is terrific advice Ken. Thanks for sharing that story.

  • Georgiana Young says:

    Dear Ken,
    I just did the exact same thing with a marketing project over the weekend. I kept putting it off because I didn’t have all the answers on how to find the target audience, but in the face of a looming and potentially embarrassing deadline — I sat down and wrote my way through it. And a B- on time, is better than a A+ way after the show has closed. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be effective or successful.
    Well said.
    Georgiana

  • Montserrat Mendez says:

    Something in the air ken, I have a sitcom that starts shooting in a few weeks, but i didn’t incorporate the producers notes until 11pm tonight. Partly because once you tell a story, for me, it feels like I’m done, I LOVE working on it, but I’m just ready to shoot this baby. I knew i had to get it done, i knew all day, some how, i just couldn’t bring myself to do it. till 11pm, and now it’s 238am, so i’m going to bed, but IT GOT DONE. I have no excuses for tomorrow, cause it’s DONE. And that’s important.

  • I go by the adage: “A goal without a deadline is a dream”

  • Kile Ozier says:

    …In complete agreement, with one exception; having NO sex is far better than having BAD sex…

  • Always on the Money with your thoughts Ken!

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