Result #89: Though I received several responses to #Mentor the #WritingMentors managed to stay away.

#89: Find a writing mentor.

Date: 3-30-2014

Due Date: 3-30-2015

Resolution: I've be writing for close to two decades now. I feel, content wise, my writing has improved immensely over the years. The problem is, business wise, I'm still at square on and now that I'm branching away from screenwriting I feel twice as lost.

Hopefully by this time next year I will have found the right person to give me the guidance I need to make a living as a writer. Now I just need to figure out how to find this mentor.

Update #1: The Conclusion.

Date: 3-30-2015


Moments after posting that I was looking for a #mentor I received several responses from professional mentors who saw the hashtag on Twitter. Though they seemed to be very positive/motivating people their services weren't necessarily what I had in mind.

Though I'm not fully sure what to expect out of a mentor I do know that I specifically want a writing mentor and not a motivational speaker that is providing a service.

I feel the problem is that I'm still struggling to feel comfortable enough to reach out to anyone for anything. I know it's a flawed fantasy that I'm working hard to correct but I'm still living with hopes that my writing will just be discovered someday.

My work is out there for people to read so this feeling is only partially delusional but still fully flawed. I feel like I'm making progress in correcting this state of mind but could still really use the help from a writer who's already made it to mentor me through this maze into a creative career.

Though I failed to find a writing mentor within a year I'm not going to give up. I'm currently taking a marketing class in hopes to use what I learn to market myself. Maybe once I'm done I'll have the skills I'm lacking to approach a writing mentor with a promising pitch.

As always, I'll let you know how things turn out.

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.