Every time I teach my Beginner’s Guide to Screenwriting workshop I get asked these same questions and they’re almost always prefaced by the statement “this is probably a dumb question but…”
However, if no-one has told you about this stuff, how would you know? And I think knowing what you don’t know is actually kinda smart.
So let’s jump in and clarify some basics…
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I want to write a screenplay/book/play BUT I don’t have time.
I want to finish my book/short film BUT can’t because I have children.
I want to apply for that writer’s grant I heard about BUT there’s probably no point.
I want to enter that short story competition BUT only real writers ever win.
I want to write a book BUT I’m afraid I’m not good enough yet.
I want to write short stories BUT I worry I’m too old to start now.
I want to write BUT I worry I’m too young and that people won’t take me seriously.
I want to write for TV BUT I don’t know other writers or industry people.
I want to write plays BUT I have to spend most of my time making a living.
I want to write one day BUT I’m waiting until I retire/until work calms down/until the house is renovated/until I’ve done one more workshop /until the kids have left school etc, etc, etc, etc.
And the list goes on.
I hear variations of these excuses all the time. And sometimes I hear one or two coming out of my own mouth – goddamnit. But there are always numerous, perfectly freaking logical reasons for not investing your time in writing and, um, so what?
Continue reading I Hate Big Buts and I Cannot Lie
Like many people around the world, I’ve been watching the vaudeville show that constitutes the Trump presidency with incredulity and growing disquiet. Given his kneejerk responses to just about everything and I think the world can be forgiven for being slightly nervous.
But where’s this worrying going to get us? In truth it will get us about as far as me posting my outrage on Facebook i.e. absolutely nowhere.
All I can really do is try to get something positive from the situation. So here it is – here are five things writers can learn from watching this hot mess unfold…
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