By Steve Kaire
This is a serious error I believe many new screenwriters are making. It’s holding back their success and most of them don’t even realize it.
The advent of the Internet has made research convenient and accessible to the masses. Social media is now a phenomenon that has blossomed because of the web. Websites like Youtube have given ordinary people a platform to showcase their talents.
But there is a downside that is working against the best interests of beginning writers. I’ve spoken to thousands of writers when I give lectures and seminars. I’ve noticed that their mindset were all identical with few exceptions. What was it? They did not want to spend any money to further their writing careers.
Their logic went something like this: If they couldn’t download information from the Internet for free, or they couldn’t access what they wanted at no charge, they did without it. There are products and services out there that are vital to improving your writing skills. Writers are shortchanging themselves by passing on them to save a few bucks.
There are valuable writing seminars and screenwriting classes writers should be enrolling in. There is needed software to be purchased. There are CD’s DVD’s and books on screenwriting that should be part of any serious writer’s library. There are also valuable screenwriting contests to enter and pitch festivals to participate in.
The thinking that if it isn’t free don’t buy it is like saying you’d like to get a college degree without ever attending any classes, taking tests or purchasing any textbooks. Well spent money now could mean the difference between selling and not selling. Isn’t that worth it?
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