by Edie Melson
I love the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. And my favorite character, hands down, is Captain Jack Sparrow.
I'm always searching for new ways to improve my writing and keep moving forward with my career. True gems I've found, come from some of the unlikeliest places.
Today I’d like to share some of those gems from Captain Jack Sparrow himself.
So here are Ten Things I learned about writing from Jack Sparrow, Savvy?
1. Not all treasure is silver and gold, Mate. Sure we all want to get paid for our writing. And I’m definitely not advocating giving everything away. But the best things that come from your writing won’t be monetary. It will be the people you touch.
2. Plug your leaks. We all have weak spots in our writing. It’s our job to plug those. We are responsible for continuing to learn and grow in the craft of writing.
3. Hoist more sails. When you want to move forward with writing, whether it’s articles, books or something else. Sometimes you have to put more out there.
4. Be resourceful. Sometimes we find ourselves on a deserted island with writing. Think outside the box and think yourself out of there.
5. Hang on to your hat. Don’t get so flustered that you loose your head. Keep hold of what’s important to you.
6. Sail with the tide. It’s one thing to be creative and think outside the box. It’s another to try to set sail against the tide. Be savvy and work with the system WHILE you’re staying true to yourself.
7. Regret nothing…EVER. This one’s hard. But truthfully, none of us would be who we are without the experiences we’ve had—good and bad. Learn from what’s gone before, but don’t waste time on regrets.
8. It’s nothing personal. With our writing it always feels personal, but often it’s just the way of the world.
9. There should be a ‘captain’ in there somewhere. Ultimately, you are the only person responsible for how your writing journey goes. We all need good advice, but don’t abdicate the decision making to anyone.
10. Follow your own compass. Jack’s prize possession is his compass. The reason it’s so dear to him is that it shows its owner’s heart’s desire. What you desire most is different from what I desire most. Always keep that in front of you, no matter what.
These are the ten things I can learn from Captain Jack Sparrow. I’d love to hear what you’d add to the list!
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