On New Year’s Eve my wife and I saw the movie “Secretariat.” I had heard it was good and to my surprise, it was good. (People had said the same thing about “The Blind Side” and I really didn’t think it was all that great).
There is a strong message for writers in “Secretariat” and I encourage you to catch the movie while it’s at the local theatre if you can, or wait until it’s on DVD.
To be honest, the movie is more about Penny Chenery Tweedy, the owner of the horse, than it is about the horse itself. When her mother passes away and her father is no longer capable of running the family’s race horse farm, Penny steps in and takes charge. In so doing, she steps on a lot of toes and must sometimes put her husband and children second as she does what she can to keep the farm. Eventually she’s even put in the awkward spot of having to turn down an enormous sum of money from a man interested in buying Secretariat. At almost every turn she faces resistance and rejection. Still she plows on with her father’s words ringing in her ears, “You never know how far you can go unless you run!”
Writers will immediately pick up on the need for persistence in spite of the objections (and rejections) incurred in the process of moving ahead. In Mrs. Tweedy’s case, she succeeded wildly. The truth is they only make movies about those who succeed. For every Mrs. Tweedy there are a thousand who persisted, but never went as far as they’d hoped and dreamed they would. But at least they ran the race and found out how far they could go. I think a writer has to have the mindset not that they WILL succeed, but that they will RUN. How far they run will depend on many things, such as what they write, how well they write, and God’s plan for their success.
I hope as you watch the movie you’re inspired to run long and run well. Leave the results to God.
On another matter, I’ve already received the first few one-sheets in my offer mentioned here. You only have the month of January!
I sure hope I find a couple of gems. 🙂