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