Deep in the Screenplay 2

In case you haven’t missed me,

I’ve been buried this summer deep in the writing of the screenplay for the Impact Factor Feature Narrative Film. A three time Academy Award Winning Writer and Producer offered to help me and I have to admit, it took my thinking to a whole new level.

It wasn’t an easy process. First, I’m a slow writer. Second, I’m an opinionated one. Opinionated, questioning and slow. Now, that’s a combination.

I know that my mentor didn’t always appreciate my constant questioning. After all, if you have one Academy Award it could be pure luck, but repeat it three times and you must have something special on the ball.

We argued about almost everything.

I haven’t always had my successes by following the crowd. In fact, thinking back on it every big success has been a result of going against the prevailing thinking.

That thought probably doesn’t thrill my mentor.

However, I’ve been blessed many times with mentors who stuck with me when I was ignorant and tried so hard to make something better out of me.

In my music career, I always think of Dr.William L. Belan who took me from not knowing the names of the notes on a bass clef all the way to a Masters Degree. That took some patience, I’m pretty certain. It was a special blessing that he stuck with me.

Or Dr. Byong-Kon Kim who taught me about freedom in music and the challenges of taking on a big project.

The Impact Factor Trilogy of movies (short film, documentary feature film and narrative feature film) is a BIG project and so many times it’s easy to wonder what the heck I’ve bitten off.

Sometimes you think you are in this all alone. Other times, the most wonderful of friends lift you up when you need it most.

My mentor decided to take on the challenge. Little did she know what she was getting into.

So at the end of the long hot summer, it’s great to get to a milestone.

No the screenplay isn’t finished, but today I got to the end of the story.

What does that mean?

There are lots of things to work out, polish, refine, throw out and completely redo, but I like the editing process. I love building layers of paint and feeling the bare structure come to life.

The devil is in the details and there is much work to be done, but today for the first time I got to the end of the story.

That’s a rare thing, because so many times we start to tell a story never to finish it.

Next comes the really bloody part — the gutting, the cutting out your heart and soul, but at least you know where you are going.

The goal is now in sight. I just want to make it better.

No matter how many people see it or how bad it may be, the story was told at least once. And that’s important. It can only get better from here – well unless I cut so deep I kill it.

That’s what mentors are for …

To keep you from killing yourself.

That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.

Hope your mentors are as amazing as mine have been.

Special thanks to Jana Sue Memel, William L. Belan and so many more for sticking with me when I had just a hint of promise and a LONG way to go.

All the best,


Ken McArthur

Best-Selling Author and Producer
The Impact Factor Movie
The Impact Masterminds
The Impact Action Plan Workshops

P.S. Working together, we can do so much more than we can alone.  Here are a few ways I might be able to help.

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About Ken McArthur

Ken challenges us to realize we ALL have an impact – whether we want to or not – on thousands of people who we touch in our day-to-day lives by demonstrating that simple things make a HUGE difference. The popular host of a series of live events that bring together top-level marketers, entrepreneurs, business owners, corporations and non-profit organizations to create multi-million dollar joint venture relationships – he creates incredible, intense impact for product launches and multi-million dollar profits in surprisingly short timeframes. Regularly asked to speak at leading marketing events, he has managed product launches ranked in the top 400 sites on the Internet. Ken McArthur is also the creator of, a pioneering affiliate program search engine and directory system and the founder of the MBS Internet Research Center, which conducted the world’s largest survey ever attempted on the subject of creating and launching successful information products. Not satisfied to concentrate entirely on large organizations, Ken also works with select individuals to help them create a decent living utilizing the power of the Internet. Ken was the official mentor for Sterling Valentine as he took his launch from ZERO to over $100,000 in less than 8 days. Ken and Sterling documented the process as a “proof of concept” for Info Product Blueprint a massive home study course that is the “bible” of info product creation. Ken offers top-level coaching and mentoring programs designed to help individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations reach masses of people using the techniques, tactics strategies and systems that he has developed specifically to help people spread their ideas, products and services around the globe.

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2 thoughts on “Deep in the Screenplay

  • Sami Fab

    Great stuff Ken .. as always.

    “We argued about almost everything” – reminds of the answer I got from my very successful Jewish accountant at the start of my business life. I asked him about the reasons for the very high performance of Jewish people in whatever they try.

    His answer: … there are suggestions, that because we argue about everything internally, we debate everything and examine every course of action ceaselessly, maybe, just maybe we find better solutions long after others give up.

    Looking forward to more from you