Archive for July 1st, 2011

July 1, 2011

Learning to Say ‘No’ to the Wrong Writing Gigs

Scott Myers wrote this helpful article on the importance of knowing when to say no to a writing job:

In the event you break into the business as a screenwriter, you need to be prepared to say this word: “No.”

The  simple fact is if you say yes, you can make a lot of money as a  screenwriter.  You can also end up writing a lot of crap.  And over  time that can kill your soul.  Call it blood money.

As  soon as you say “yes” on a project, the studio in effect owns you.   So in a way, the only true power a screenwriter has — other than their  writing ability — is to say “no.”

Here’s an example:  Let’s say you have a deep, instinctive hatred toward all things related  to horses.  Perhaps you fell off a horse when you were a child and broke  your coccyx.  Maybe your father gambled away the family’s life savings  by betting – and losing everything – on the longshot Snotblossom at  Santa Anita. Maybe you get physically nauseous if you’re channel surfing  and you happen upon My Friend Flicka.  Whatever.  The thing is – you despise horses!

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July 1, 2011

Quote of the Day: Elias Canetti

The process of writing has something infinite about it.  Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation.