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June 27, 2011

How to Handle the Rejection Inherent in Screenwriting

Jeanne V. Bowerman recently wrote a great article about her own experiences with rejection (something that every single writer throughout the ages has dealt with) and how we as writers can make the best of each let down:

The life of a writer is one full of rejection. How many times have you heard, “pass,” or queried a company that didn’t even want a read? I don’t know about you, but I stopped counting.

The bigger the company or contest, the harder the fall. But this is the career we chose, for better or worse.

You can imagine our anxiety waiting to hear from Sundance Screenwriters Lab about the fate of our adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name. Weeks passed as we plugged away at rewrites and fantasized about mentors such as Quentin Tarantino reading our words. Hell, in my mind, I was already drinking bourbon with the great QT by the fire.

Then my phone pinged. The e-mail alert arrived. I raced to my laptop only to find a standard, impersonalized, form rejection e-mail that went out to every loser on their list. “Thanks for submitting, but …”

We were bitchslapped by Redford.

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June 27, 2011

Quote of the Day: Lord Byron

To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.