Thinking about taking a break building or maintaining your screenwriting career? Don’t do it unless you’re ready to walk away entirely. Coming back will not be a piece of cake.
Before I even get started, let me apologize. This is not going to be one of those blog posts that fall under one of those very vanilla categories one could classify as “nice.” It is not a feel-good sort of entry. It might not even be the sort of thing… read more →
A few weeks ago, I sat down with a television writer who was making the shift from features, where he had been quite successful, to television, which is where his agent recommended he develop next. The writer sent me his thriller/sci-fi pilot, which was well written and intriguing, but left… read more →
Every business sector, every unique industry, comes complete with its own set of rules, its own specific edict of etiquette. Nowhere is this more true than it is in the entertainment industry. The more I talk to friends and family working in finance, in law, in medicine, in academia, the… read more →
A slew of emerging writers often arrive at the moment when they have simply lost their patience with the day job. When they are determined that the time to quit their job has come. They’ve yet to make that big sale, or get a writing assignment that pays them according… read more →
You’ve worked hard on your script. You’ve put it out there. You’ve done the legwork. You’ve gotten it into contests, but despite your expectations, it did not place. Anywhere. You listed the material on The Black List, got a few downloads, but there was no real interest expressed. You utilized… read more →
Many years ago, in Chicago, an older gentleman came up to me during one of my lecture breaks and asked me, candidly and directly, if his age was going to be a challenge for his screenwriting career. He was eighty four then, just survived a mean battle with cancer, and… read more →
While there is no question that one can break into screenwriting while not living in Los Angeles, it’s also irrefutable that living in Los Angeles does give you an advantage. Case in point: Most writers who break in do so while living in Los Angeles. Which goes to prove one… read more →