As many of you know, I am a writer, with a view toward a career in screenwriting. Now, there are dozens of writers out there who have written innumerable books on the craft of screenwriting: formatting, structure, those sorts of things. But where are the books that actually guide a budding scribe toward a realistically sustainable career?
Sadly, I hadn’t found one before I came across Mark Sanderson‘s A Screenwriter’s Journey to Success: Tips, Tricks and Tactics to Survive as a Working Screenwriter in Hollywood. And, kids, it’s exactly what it says on the tin.
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“And then, because he could not stand to do otherwise, Paul Sheldon rolled the last page out of the typewriter and scrawled the most loved and hated phrase in the writer’s vocabulary with a pen: THE END.” —Stephen King, Misery
In September, screenwriter Scott Myers and his popular site Go Into the Story (GITS) hosted yet another Zero Draft Thirty script challenge, and instead of using the challenge to pen a new, whole ass screenplay as I’d planned to do, I decided to wrap up the one I’d currently been working on. And it is with no small measure of satisfaction that I can report that, yes, I did finish my second spec screenplay of the year on Sept. 30.
The script is titled Side Chick, and yes, it is based on the idea I’d come up with for my next novel — and hey, who’s to say I won’t use the script as the basis for the book and see what happens after that? But whatever, the screenplay is 90 pages of thrills, sex, violence, and humor all blended into a story that I hope an audience would find entertaining.
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I received an email the other day from Nick Thacker at WriteHacked that asked this very question. “For a lot of people, the answer’s as simple as ‘I can’t NOT write,’” says Thacker, and I suppose such a facile answer would be true for me as well.
But as Thacker posits, there’s got to be more to it than that. “Why do I spend this time writing when I could be hanging out with friends/family?” he asks. “Why do I write if I’m not making money doing it?”
This got me to thinking: yes, Jay, why do you write?
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