Ahoy there, Mateys!

Here, a gold nugget of timely advice sent to me yesterday by a writer friend:

A screenwriter told me he’d been misled by so many different Hollywood types who wanted to change his story that he finally decided, “Screw it, I’m just going to nail my colors to the fucking mast.”

It’s a pirate metaphor. You board the ship, nail your flag to the mast and claim ownership, whether anybody likes it or not.

Maybe you go down with the ship, or maybe you sail off with riches, but you do it your way.”

He also included another apt metaphor:

Use the Force, Luke. Trust your feelings.” Obi-wan Kenobi

12 Comments

  1. “A screenwriter told me he’d been misled by so many different Hollywood types who wanted to change his story that he finally decided, “Screw it, I’m just going to nail my colors to the fucking mast.”

    BWAH!!!!!!!

    Oh, I’m so keeping this as a sig line and one of these days, mark my words, it’ll get tacked onto the end of an email to….someone.

  2. YES!

    I’m so glad to see another set sail on his own. That’s what makes the American dream, not just a dream, but a reality because people like him and I are out there doing it. ( Or at least making a good try at doing it!)

  3. Hey–you know I LOVE pirate talk!!!

    And, for that matter, Star Wars.

    Listen, knowing now, what your book is about–I know it would SO make a great TV series!

    But always–fly your own F’in flag. ;-D

  4. I swear the moment I found out I was reading pirate talk, this picture of you with your lip curled up, black hat atop your head, hobbling on a peg leg entered my brain. Too funny.

    Great quotes. Thanks for posting.

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