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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Taking Stock

Are you trying to break in as a Film/TV writer?

How many hours a day do you pour into your scripts versus pouring into your networking versus balancing a day job?

Which is more important to you? Why?

When do you sleep? How do you sleep?

Do you wake up early and pound the pavement, set up meetings, call your agent -- look for an agent?

Do you work a 9 to 5 and call it a day?

Do you write on your lunch break? Do you talk aloud to the air on your way home?

Do you have a set time to write? Or do you write in the moment? Do you create inspiration or wait for it to arrive?

Do you write a script or an outline? A scene or an exchange?

How do you start? Where do you draw the line? When do you throw up your hands and say 'okay, okay, that's enough for now'?

When is your script done?

And when it is, do you put it out there? Do you seek criticism?

Do you take negative criticism well?

Do you hold a stiff upper lip? Or clench your fists or sneer or snicker? Do you work to make it better or shrug off the obvious lunatic?

Do you roll your eyes and sigh?

Are you a wide-eyed newbie? A calm realist? A sadistic overlord? A jaded mensch?

Can you imagine it? What your goal looks like?

What's your end-game?

How do you plan to get there?

Do you work to lift up those around you? To make a team of friends? Or do you go it alone? Make a name for yourself?

Who do you appreciate? Who do you miss?

Who eggs you onward or lifts you up or reminds you why you're on the right path?

What's your sacrifice? Are you willing to make it?

Will you see the opportunity? Know the right time to strike? Will you snatch it when appears? From the hands of another, if need be?

Are you ready for it if it comes?


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