Posted: Monday, September 24th, 2007 by Gaelyn Whitley Keith

People often ask me, "How did you find the time to write "The Father Of Hollywood" when you were working? What motivated you to keep going?

For most of the six years that I worked on the true story of the founding of Hollywood I had a full-time job as a Realtor that often kept me busy in the evenings and on weekends. As a result, I plodded along ever so slowly on my book. There were many who thought I was foolishly hopeful. One never knows if publication awaits, or merely the desk drawer.

One reason I persevered is that I knew that vital history would be lost forever if I did not complete the project. It occurred to me that no where else in the world could you find the true history about the founding of Hollywood. Over the years many had tried to take credit for events they played little or no part in.

I was surprisingly motivated while visiting the Dickens House in London. This is where Dickens lived for a couple of years as a young man and wrote Oliver Twist. I was struck by how faithfully he managed to produce his work. He's the perfect example of grinding out words on a schedule, but what words and what stories.

As a writer I have experienced bad days and bad months. But I think the most important thing for any creative person is to set aside time for the work, and then remove judgment about what happens when you're doing it. Creativity is a life long adventure.

What I have found over the years is my great-grandparents voices became more distinct and alive to me. That's what made me want to rush back to complete the saga. The book is a love story in which many of life's lesson are learned.

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  • April

    Hello thanks for sharing how you are motivated you to keep going to finish the writing of this book, I would like to cry while I was reading your statements line by line. I could feel honesty and dedication and the art of creativity as well. When we love sometning it is of value to us we spend time with it, time enjoying it and time taking care of it. Because according to my late Dad the trying times are not the time to stop trying, gbu my friend.

  • Ricky J. Fico

    "In the fields of human endeavor are the seeds of creativity begging to be cultivated" Ricky J. Fico tri-umphs.com

    As a creative person, I know very well the process, the time elements involved but most importantly, the results of this creativity is what keeps me going. Amazing transformations...

    Good work, Gaelyn! An amazing story.

  • Anne Stringer

    Creativity,
    Time is the essence to creativity.
    Eat less, watch less TV, Smile and make more friends, Read more good books like "The Father Of Hollywood" allows more creativity.

  • Victoria

    Really enjoyed your book. Thanks for sharing it with the world.
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