Friday, December 04, 2009

Good advice

A friend of mine asked a TV writer to speak to his class today and teach them how to write dialogue and I took pictures and sat in on the lesson. She worked on Life on Mars, so I was able to tell her how awesome that ending turned out to be. She said they came up with it like the first week of brainstorming and were really satisfied with how it turned out.

My friend told her I write so she asked what.

Then this is the part of the story where I lose all confidence. See, this woman has no way of knowing if I'm just one more delusional wannabe who writes shit and hides it away in a drawer, or if I have even a modicum of talent. She probably meets people all the time who just suck horribly and want to tell her about their pilots.

So I stare down at the floor and shuffle my feet and kind of shrug as I say "Just screenplays. Usually action."

If she thought I was a loser she refrained from saying so. I told her I'd had a script out to some people but hadn't really gotten very far and she graciously gave me some advice.

"Just live your life," she said. "I went off and wrote for TV news and had a baby and went about my life, and then a representative came to me and it all just happened. If it's meant to be, it will happen."

Just live your life. Write your screenplays and live your life and eventually things will happen. Seems simple enough.


  1. Anonymous5:46 PM

    Great, Em! Yay on your house. How is the yard treating Cyrano? :)

  2. yeah... that's actually good advice. To constantly obsess and worry over screenwriting (or playwriting) everyday and anxiously waiting for a call is really not a healthy way to live your life.

  3. I...hated...that ending.

    Just watched the commentary on it the other day. Hoped for an apology.

    Still, cool of her to come in.

  4. If you ever, and I mean ever, see that woman again, thank her for me.
    My latest is out and I'm having a profound sense of "where to from here?"

    Thanks for posting her advice.


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