I have this love/hate relationship with research. When it’s the kind of study that involves slogging through a million pages of crap to find that one little nugget I can use, of course it’s worth it. But during the marathon swim I feel like I’m in a nightmare, cramming to deliver...
"Who ARE professional readers?" "If someone writes a good story with terrible dialogue, would that get rejected?" "What are the biggest mistakes made by amateur writers?" YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED.
No matter how good you are, when you get to the professional world, you will be competing against thousands of people who are better. So, there is no "good" … there is no "good enough" … there's only the never-ending pursuit of being stronger. Start now.
There was a time when late-night shows accepted unsolicited jokes and packets. Those days are gone.
While it's exciting to watch TV's new shows and schedules being unveiled during Upfronts Week, this week is actually—for the networks, the kingpins of the TV world—just the beginning of an even more critical period.
In today's world of the Internet, online media, and social networking, being your own publicist is easier than ever (which doesn't mean it's "easy," per se… it's just easy-er).
You don't have to travel the world to have a smorgasbord of life experiences. You can have an infinitely rich life—full of fascinating characters, conversations, interactions, adventures, relationships—without ever leaving your hometown.
Don't blame writers for a dearth of originality. They're busy writing, developing, and pitching the most creative, engaging stories they can... but they don't get to decide whether those stories get made.
Most teens aren't ready to sell material or navigate an actual screenwriting career. But that doesn't mean you can't begin preparing NOW.