Hello Storytellers & Creatives!

Do you really love the craft of screenwriting? This is a question that I want to address because I see a lot of people who decide to go into this industry for the wrong reasons. The problem with this mindset is that they don't truly have a love for the craft of screenwriting or storytelling.

There is a huge myth going around that screenwriting success "happens overnight" and that you instantly make a lot of money once you sell or option a script and that once you get staffed in a writer's room, you've "made it!"

Let me be the first to tell you that there is no such thing as "overnight success" when it comes to screenwriting. If you go into this thinking that all you have to do is write one draft of a screenplay, then you will be extremely disappointed when "Revision Time" comes knocking.

What is "Revision Time?"

I'm glad you asked.

"Revision Time" is literally 99.9% of what the game of screenwriting is all about. They don't say "writing is rewriting" for no reason. If you are a person that hates editing, developing, planning, and organizing your stories, then you will end up getting discouraged early on because it will all be solely about the money rather than the art of storytelling.

Also, selling or optioning your script is no easy task either. It can be done, but it takes work, time, discipline, commitment, and dedication. For a screenplay to be sold or optioned, it has to be quality in terms of story structure, formatting, plot, character development, pacing, tone, dialogue, emotional impact, theme, etc.

Anyone who has gotten to the point where they were able to successfully sell or option their project put time, money, blood, sweat, and tears into the entire process. It was not met without highs and lows.

Before you decide to get into the craft of screenwriting, I challenge you to be 100% honest with yourself.

Ask yourself these 5 questions:

  • Why do you want to be a screenwriter?

  • Do you have a love and passion for storytelling?

  • Does the idea of your story being brought to life onscreen excite you?

  • What is your personal story or core wound that you have been dying to tell?

  • Do you love screenwriting and why do you love it?

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