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.”

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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.

However…

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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…

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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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