Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Yesterday when I realized I got the job I was like yay!

I was kind of excited.

But then today I was driving down the 405 and remembered the little girl who won a contest when she was 12 by writing a story about her dad. I think that was when I decided I wanted to be a writer.

So here I am, so many years later, finally getting an opportunity to prove I deserve to be here. In the meeting I was told I wrote amazingly well for someone so green. Green? I wrote my first book when I was 9 and sold it to some girl for 5 cents. It was about how a girl could get a boy to like her. I used to make up stories about my stuffed animals and draw up a newspaper for the town they lived in. Most kids were playing with Legos. I was inventing news with this old ass typewriter my parents gave me as a toy. I have a masters degree in creative writing.

And yet I'm still very green to some degree. We're all a little green, aren't we? Even if you write something brilliant, don't you have moments where you wonder if it's garbage? I would think so. But I think she meant I was green because I'm new to screenwriting when compared to every other working writer. I'm a nobody. I write pretty well for a nobody.

So when I was driving down the 405 thinking about how badly I wanted to be a writer, I started randomly cheering. There may also have been some singing along with the radio.


  1. Hi Emily

    This is great news. So exciting for you, I'm sure. Congratulations.


  2. Anonymous8:57 AM

    I'm really impressed you wrote a book at 9. I'm TOTALLY IN AWE you sold it for cash. You are such a girl after my own heart...awesome. :)

  3. Even if you write something brilliant, don't you have moments where you wonder if it's garbage?

    Hell, yeah. It's Imposter Syndrome, and I'm told it never ever goes away.

    Congratulations yet again, and keep swinging.

  4. Anonymous12:24 PM

    congrats! so exciting! Can you share any details about the project? I'm sure I'm not the only longtime reader who's very curious...

  5. I can't say much, just that it's a genre that normally runs very R rated, but this script has to be PG or PG-13.

    I can't say Fuck. Not even once. And I can't rip anybody's arms off.

  6. sweet! I've had your blog bookmarked through GITS for a few months now. And just had to congratulate you on your representation and job. Definitely inspiration to all us newbs here. congrats again, have fun!

  7. Hey there Emily,

    It ain't easy being green but if it's any consolation - I'm way greener than you. And a bigger nobody! Congrats on the recent successes -it's inspiring to see hard work winning through.

  8. Can you rip their arms off if there's no blood? You know, if they pop off like a barbie doll?


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