Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Like many people living in LA, my day job is not – what I like to call – my life job.  A life job is the job you are working towards but are not currently getting paid for.  My life job is screenwriting, and I’ve been working towards turning that life job into a real job for the past four years.

It’s officially February, which means the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship applications are due at the end of the month (on my birthday!).  For those who are not living the amateur screenwriter life, the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship is one of the biggest TV writing fellowships out there.  It offers new writers a year-long PAID fellowship, and it has the potential to kick-start a writer’s career in TV.  I’ve been working on a spec episode of BoJack Horseman for my application, but I’m struggling to get through my third draft.  I’ve reached the point where I’ve looked at my script so many times that it doesn’t feel fresh anymore, and I’m getting frustrated. 
So I ask you – what do you do to keep yourself motivated?  

This applies to anything: dieting, running long distance, studying for an exam.  And it’s always harder to stay motivated when you are doing something solo.

With this, it’s not so much about finishing as it is about finishing well.  But I’m sure the looming February 28th deadline will give me the push I need to power through.  (Anyone else motivated by procrastination?)  I’ll keep you posted on my progress!

Update 3/1/17:  The deadline was midnight last night, and I submitted my application at 11:50pm.  It caused me some serious anxiety to get it in at the last minute, and I had to sacrifice my birthday night (which was yesterday) to do it.  Lesson learned, I will get things done well in advance.  Now onto the next thing. - Bobbi

Update 8/2/17: Unfortunately, I was not selected as a simi-finalist. Womp-wah. But after a good long cry, I'm ready to get back on the horse (sorry BoJack, meant no offense) and try again next year.  Best of luck to all the 2017 Nick Writing Fellowship finalist!



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