If I'm being entirely honest with myself, I think I would have to admit that last year, all I really hoped for was to make the quarterfinals and I was bitterly disappointed when I didn't. That was the extent of my goal - the quarterfinals. That was the height of my dream - the quarterfinals.
My plan was to make the quarterfinals one year, then I'd shoot for the semi's the next and the finals the next.
Well, that's crap. Shame on me. I'm not ashamed that I finished in the top ten percent but where would I have finished if I hadn't aimed so low? I'm not aiming low this year. I want to win.
Yeah, I feel stupid saying it.
The truth is that I've worked so hard, studied so much, and reworked my screenplay for so long that it terrifies me to even verbalize such an unrealistic goal -- I want to win. It terrifies me to such an extent that I'm almost afraid to even enter.
Won't I feel like a fool later when I DON'T win after announcing to the whole world that I plan to?
Who am I to think that a nothing writer from Noplace, Texas, can compete with people who have been at this for years and years?
I don't care. I want to win.
The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. Michaelangelo