The Secret to Effective Writing


A favorite Zen story in which three men are
observing a flag fluttering in the breeze: One
man says, The flag is moving. The second
man says, The wind is moving. The third
man says, You are both wrong, it is your
mind that is moving.

If you look inside of yourself, you will see
the information you need to be successful.
This information contains everything you
need to be successful. The secret to
tapping into this information is contained
in The Zen of Writing.

How so, you ask?

Look inside of yourself and you will see
the answer. This is the secret to successful
writing and/or filmmaking. Look inside
of yourself and you will see the secret.

Why is it that Steven Spielberg is a
successful filmmaker? He has the ability
to look inside of himself and see the secret.

Why is Stephen King a successful novelist?
He has the ability to look inside of himself
and see the secret.

What do you seek when you write a letter,
or make a corporate video? Do you look
outside or inside of your mind and heart?
When you look inside of your mind and
heart you enhance your ability to see the
secret to being successful in your undertaking.
When you look outside of your mind and heart,
you have no ability to see the secret to being

What rings true in each one of us is our
ability to think and feel. When we tap
into those senses to write a screenplay
or make a film, we look inside of ourselves.
We see the secret to successfully writing the
screenplay or making a film successful.

You might ask, but I do that and I see
nothing. The reason you see nothing is
because you allow yourself to avoid seeing
the secret. You allow yourself to avoid seeing
the secret because you do not know how to
see the secret.

With The Zen of Writing, you will see the secret.
You need simply to contact me to learn how to
tap into that secret.

Peace, Light and Love,
The Zen of Writing

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About Donald L. Vasicek

Award-winning writer/filmmaker Donald L. Vasicek studied producing, directing and line producing at the Hollywood Film Institute under the acclaimed Dov Simens and at Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. He studied screenwriting at The Complete Screenplay, Inc., with Sally Merlin, daughter of the famed Hollywood Merlin family of screenwriters and writers, as his mentor. Don has taught, mentored, and is a script consultant for over 300 writers, directors, producers, actors and production companies. He has also acted in NBC’s “Mystery of Flight 1501”, ABC’s Father Dowling starring Thomas Bosley, and Red-Handed Productions’ “Summer Reunion.” These activities have resulted in his involvement in over 100 movies during the past 23 years, from major studios to independent films including MGM’s $56 million “Warriors of Virtue”, Paramount Classic’s “Racing Lucifer”, American Picture’s “The Lost Heart” and “Born To Kill” starring the Charles Bronson of Korea, Bobby Kim, and his internationally-known brother, Richard, who directed, Incline Productions, Inc.’s “Born To Win”, 20th Century Fox’s “Die Hard II” starring Bruce Willis with Rennie Harlan as director, and Joel Silver as producer, Olympus Films+, LLC’s “Haunted World” with Emmy-nominated PBS Producer Alison Hill, and Olympus Films+, LLC’s “Faces”, “Oh, The Places You Can Go” and the award-winning “The Sand Creek Massacre” documentary film. Don also has written and published over 500 books, short stories and articles. His books include “How To Write, Sell, And Get Your Screenplays Produced” and “The Write Focus.” He has been a guest screenwriting and filmmaking columnist for Hollywood Lit. Sales, Moondance International Film Festival’s e-zine, Screenwriter’s Forum, Screenplace, Screenplayers.Net, Screenwriters.Net, Screenwriters Utopia, Spraka & Kinsla (Swedish), Inkwell Watch, and Ink On the Brain. Writing recognition includes Houston’s WorldFest International Film Festival, Chesterfield’s Writer’s Film Project, Writer’s Digest, The Sundance Institute, The Writer’s Network, and the Rocky Mountain Writer’s Guild, Inc. Don completed producing “The Sand Creek Massacre”, a documentary film project that includes the completed and award-winning documentary short, a book, a classroom video, Interactive Media, a study guide, and a lesson plans. The film is being distributed by Films Media Group. Don is on the board of directors of the American Indian Genocide Museum in Houston. He is the founder and owner of Olympus Films+, LLC, a global writing and filmmaking company and a screenwriting volunteer on Don’s screenwriting agent is Robin Kaver of the Robert Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc., 1501 Broadway, Suite 2301 New York, NY 10036, 212-840-5751.

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