Stay In The Pocket

I love comedy. With the world playing out much like an Onion article, it's one of the few bastions of unadulterated truth. We need as much of it as we can get, not just to laugh and smile and be happy, but to remind us all: This stuff we're taking so seriously really doesn't matter.

One familiar term in the stand-up community is the saying, "stay in the pocket". It's basically a way of saying to stay in the moment, to keep moving forward. If you stray out of the pocket, your set derails.

You lose focus, you lose the crowd, and you have to figure out how to win them back, that is if they were even on your side in the first place.

It's a great phrase that applies to so many areas of life. It's easy to get caught up in all the details, spending time on the thing or things that's not actually helping the business grow, or to start working on another project before finishing one.

It's easy to go from being positive to freaked out after a single thing doesn't go the way you'd expected, shooting you into this negative spiral that has you devouring a pint of Ben & Jerry's and questioning your life's purpose.

To that, I say stay in the pocket.

Aaron Sorkin has another good saying that I picked up from his MasterClass on screenwriting, which is "press on it". Keep applying pressure on the story so that you can get yourself to create something much more intriguing.