Confessions of a Failed Scriptwriter
Just last week, the crew over at Scriptshadow, posted a long post about what happens when after 11 years of hard work, you cannot sell a screenplay. The author is Randy Steinberg and his intent is not self-pity, but rather an honest attempt to pass on to other struggling screenwriters he learned from his own mistakes. Hopefully, by writing this article, Mr. Steinberg will be able to move on to something more constructive and satisfying to his own sense of well-being.
Throwing In the Towel
Though written several years this lively article by successful screenwriter, Terry Rossio, is a must read for anyone considering the calling of writing screenplays for Hollywood (or anyone else that might be interested). To me this lively rant is timeless, as I seem to reference the piece every other year or so. In case you haven’t heard of Terry Rossio, he along with his writing partner, Ted Elliott, have written the scripts for such popular films as Shrek, Aladdin, Little Monsters, the Mask of Zorro and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Don’t Throw In the Towel
Steinberg’s blog post, which just went up last week, has already drawn quite a lot of buzz around the web. One writer, Daniel Gardina, referenced to another post by popular blogger, Nathan Bransford, titled Be Wary of Anyone Who Tries To Tell You There’s Only One Way to Find Successful Publication. It seems to me this is the attitude that Randy Steinberg ought to be suscribing to…….and perhaps by posting his long confession, he may eventually get to where he wants to go.
It’s Not All In L.A.
One attitude that seemed to surface a lot among readers, who follow the Scriptshadow blog….is that you have to move to Los Angeles to be successful as a screenwriter. For here in tinseltown, you will find all the agents, managers, producers and what-not that might discover your writing ability and help make your script a reality. Although being near Hollywood is certainly still important, I feel that in the digital age, being there is not so imperative. Everyday there seem to be more and film companies popping up in the various hinterlands across the U.S.A. For reference, just take a look at this blog.