Should I continue to pursue screen writing?

by admin on February 21, 2011

I am good at coming up with good stories, ever since I was little. I think almost most of the day about my stories, and I like to find music that matches a good scene for my story, and I write down ideas for my stories in a notebook. I even like to imagine my own trailers haha
I would write a book, but I worry that I will end up making it too short or too long. I mean, I’m a good writer, but I’d prefer screen writing.
Only thing is, I keep hearing EVERYWHERE that people wanting to be screen writers never get anywhere, no proper jobs out there for them, it’s like winning the lottery. And I fee extremely discouraged from that. 🙁 I don’t want to end up poor and living like crap and write stories for something that will never be. So idk what to do. >_< Advice?
Omg wtf is wrong with this world. You ask for simple advice. and all you get is a bunch of shitty trolls telling you things that are completely unrelated or hella rude. God.

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    marnefirstinfantry February 21, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Never give up a dream. If you have a desire to write, try writing letters to the editor of your fave magazine/publication. For the cost of postage and a letter, you may get published. Subscribe to a few publications and write letters to the editor on a continual basis for at least one year.

    If you have any talent and can relate to the readership by offering your opinion, you will get published. Start out by writing no more than three/four sentences and always include your full name/mailing address and telephone number where you can be reached for verification of the letter.

    Have fun….All the best to you.

    onlytheballboy February 21, 2011 at 4:06 am

    no start waiting tables at the local Denney’s

    Johan from Sweden February 21, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Well if you want a safe and secure day job then screen writing isnt for you. But if you feel to work hard to learn the trade and get the contacts neccessery then it could be really rewarding in the end.

    Its tough for unknown writers to get noticed and get as far as being the writer (or in a group off writers) in a major production and its harder if you dont know any one that can help you out getting youre scripts filmed.

    I dont tell you either, its youre life, but if you do starts a writing career focus on writing a lot off stories (a few off them might be used later when youre known in the industry) and presenting youreself as a good and creative person to whomever you got a chance to meet. Johan.

    Tamara Nartichti February 21, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Do you have any complete screenplays?
    Do you read any?
    If the answers are "no", the tough part hasn’t even started yet. I’ve written 4 feature-length scripts and still can’t find an agent. All the screenwriters I come across say that you need to write at least 10 to get an agent, and even more till you get one produced. And that’s true for most people. Still there are exceptions like Diablo Cody – one script – it’s produced and she got an Oscar. So, you never know. Things happen: she was approached by the director, not the other way round.
    In any other case, it’s good to have connections – even friends who make low-budget short movies. Doesn’t matter if they are shooting it on video or film, the key words are "shooting" and "movies". If you could work with them, get your movies to the indie festivals, that would be a good start.

    Good luck, it’s hard for me to tell you "do it" or "don’t do it". I’m not sure even for myself. But Tarantino never hesitated, when asked what he would do if not the movies, he said he had never thought about doing ANYTHING else but making movies. Ever, since he was 4. He also added that could never understand how it was that some kids didn’t know what they would want to do.

    Acid February 21, 2011 at 4:06 am

    I’m in exactly the same boat as you and to be honest, I’ve always felt discouraged because I read the same things. Yes, it’s hard but it shouldn’t be something you do because you want to make it big in the business. It’s something you do because you love to do it, it’s a way to express yourself.

    Think about screenwriters you admire. They all had humble beginnings but they never gave up. It took them all years to perfect their craft and they’re doing it for reasons that have nothing to do with it being a way to make money.

    I’m still going for the simple reason that I love to write, I lose myself in the characters and the worlds that I create. I think of all those people that I admire most and that inspires me to keep on trudging through the thick sludge of Hollywood.

    You may never know if you’ll make it or not but the only way to find out is to keep working at it and keep honing your skills. That’s exactly what I’m doing. I may not have an agent yet or anyone who wants to read my work but I’ve finished my first screenplay and I’m proud of that as it is a big step for me.

    Good luck.

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