As much as it pains some writers.
You need to get your work out there by any means possible.
To see how it stacks up.
Having a script sitting on your computer or hidden in a drawer won't be doing you a whole lot a good.
If you can afford it, why not try a contest or two.
A good place to start would be the following:
The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
The Austin Film Festival
PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
There are a few others worth checking out.
Do your research!
“Writing is both a pleasure and a struggle. There are times when it’s really aversive and unpleasant, and there are times when it’s wonderful and fun and magical, but that’s not the point. Writing is my job. I’m not a believer of waiting for the muse. You don’t put yourself in the mood to go to your nine-to-five job, you just go. I start in the morning and write all day. Successful writers don’t wait for the muse to fill themselves unless they’re geniuses. I’m not a genius. I’m smart, I have some talent, and I have a lot of stubbornness. I persevere. I was by no means the best writer in my class in college. I’m just the one still writing.”
These seats are awful.
Why? Can't you see anything?
That's the problem. I can see everything.
A new year.
Means a new set of goals.
Be realistic in what you want to achieve.
Working on too many projects might mean you're spreading yourself far too thinly, and not giving enough time and effort to any one writing project.
What if this scene goes here, rather than there?
What if this character does this, rather than that?
How will the story change if I remove this character?
Will the story be better if I introduce this character or group of characters much earlier on?
What if I use the 3rd Act as the opening instead?
What if I change the sex or age of my protagonist?
What if I change the goals these characters are trying to achieve?
Just because you've written it on the page, doesn't mean it has to stay that way.
Good thing about words, they can be
Don't settle for that 1st draft.
Keep developing the characters.
Welcome to Russell’s website. A storyteller who enjoys writing screenplays for movies. Even though the process is hard. It keeps his imagination working overtime.
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