Day 122 – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Lessons from the Theatre – You Don’t Know What’s Going to Sell

No one knows anything. It’s a comment I’ve heard many times regarding writing.

The artist does not know which work will resonate with audiences. The story that you think will be a hit lands with a thud. Well, yesterday I received a reminder of this.

I was at the Shakespeare Tavern in downtown Atlanta taking in an adaptation of the Jane Austen novel Sense and Sensibility. I bought the ticket the day before on a lark because I recognized I needed to get out of the house more. It’s too easy for me to stay inside and honestly get in a rut. So, I bought tickets for a spate of plays I was planning on attending anyway and watched as my electronic calendar filled with blue, indicating events.

Since I got there early, I stopped in the gift shop. I’d attended plays at the tavern before, but my focus had been on first securing a seat because it’s general admission and then getting lunch because they serve simple, filling, and delicious meals.

I had time seeing as the house had just opened so instead of going forward to grab a seat, I turned right into the gift shop and looked around. I started a conversation with the cashier which, if I’m alone and a person is alone, I have no problem starting conversations and he mentioned how one of his best sellers was a zippered pouch with Shakespeare quotes which surprised him.

It didn’t surprise me, and I told him so. I love handbags and therefore, switch bags according to where I’m going and my outfit. Therefore, I keep the basics in pouches. I have a pouch for my keys and charger. I have a separate hygiene pouch that contains hand lotion, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, and lip balm. I have a writing pouch that contains notecards, highlighters, pens, and post-it notes to job down ideas. This is in addition to my wallet. I can grab the pouch I need for the day and know that it’s always stocked.

So. I understood why the pouches were popular and considered picking one up. He didn’t.

We’re all different with different experiences. It’s possible that I will write something that maybe I don’t like, and my friends don’t like, but there is someone out there who will like it. I don’t know.

The only thing to do is to put it out in the world and move on to the next thing.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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Tracking

As of Day 122, – 5/1/24

# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Year Goal

201,840/ 246,928/ 740,784

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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