The Doc Fix


Regularly updated articles on story structure and analysis; tips, thoughts and useful bits and pieces.

Do You Believe In Yourself?

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Many years ago, probably well into my twenties, I had a desire to direct drama. Of course, I'd been directing documentaries for a while. But it seemed to me that drama directing offered me something more.

I enjoyed watching drama for sure and loved working with actors when I had the chance (usually on low-ish budget docudrama). But my desire was to do more - direct big dramas, work with great talent, make a big film.

What I was lacking was self-belief.

David Foster Wallace - The Nature of Fun

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David Foster Wallace's The Nature of Fun is one of the best pieces of writing I've come across about why we enjoy creating, where the fun goes when you worry about being good at it, and how to get it back. It was first printed in Fiction Writer Magazine, September 1998, then anthologised in Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction, edited by Will Blythe. Do buy the book. I would put an Amazon link, but there are other sellers….