Writing despondency: but, “When one door closes, another door opens…”

First, I didn’t know Alexander Graham Bell was responsible for the quotation.

Second, I didn’t realise it had more to it: “…but we so often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”


Therein arises the despondency. Writing despondency, in this context.

A couple of months ago, I got an email out of the blue from a senior film student at Boston University, saying how much he loved one of my scripts and asking permission to make it.

Great that he asked. So many don’t.

A sort of whoo-hoo from me – but only fairly luke-warm. A great compliment, but been there, done that, got excited, then got let down. Didn’t get the T-shirt. Certainly didn’t get the DVD because there never was one.

Please excuse my cynicism but it’s borne out of experience.



A few days ago, not having heard from him again, I felt strong enough to mail him. The script wasn’t selected so he was unable to make it.

Writing despondency crept up on me like a rat.

Ten minutes later. TEN MINUTES!

…I received a message from a script-writing-acting-film-making friend in Iowa.  Wes Worthing by name. See his profile on IMDb.

Sorry to get side-tracked here but I’m hooting with laughter. I Googled for an image of Wes Worthing and Google said: ‘Do you mean West Worthing?’ (a seaside resort not far from here!)

So here is the image…


ANYWAY – Wes asked if he could make one of my scripts in the summer!

As I said to him, I was so honoured and delighted that I almost spelled honoured like an American by mistake.

Writing despondency vanished in an instant.

Fickle creature that I am.



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