Action? Horror? Comedy? Drama?…  The key to answering this question is to be in touch with who you are as a writer.  The biggest key to screenwriting failure is to try and figure out what is selling and ignoring your unique voice.  The quest for success in the arts lies inside each and every artist.  Find your voice and share that with the world.  This is the true key to success.

 

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How can you improve your chances of screenwriting success?  Have you ever thought about adapting a novel, short story or even a play based on your screenplay.  It’s all about gathering a following these days.  Hollywood is all about calculated risks when it comes to purchasing a screenplay.  If you already have an audience in place they are much more apt to be interested in your story.

 

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Finding your unique voice as a screenwriter is something that takes time to develop.  Trust the process.  No true growth has ever come about without challenges.  Continue to write, work on your personal development and when you are wanting to quit and do something else… keep going!  Your next script could be a masterpiece.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

-Dr. Seuss

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We have all had these types of days when our negative thinking gets the best of us.  The key thing to remember is that this is temporary.  Do we really know what tomorrow has in store for us? It is best to nurture ourselves through the challenging times.  No one ever said chasing ones dreams was easy but it beats the alternative.

Patience, persistence and perspiration make un unbeatable combination for success.

–Napoleon Hill

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When it comes to pursuing our writing dreams, we can come up with a multitude of excuses for not having the success we desire.  One of the best excuses we can make is…  “I am not in charge of my life.”  We may not be completely at the helm of the universe but one thing for sure is that we have the free will to take actions that will advance our lives and dreams.  So, why not take every action possible today to take me one step closer to making my screenwriting dreams a reality?

I am in control of my daily actions.

–David Jensen

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I know my role as a screenwriter.  It’s to write the script, cast, direct, score and edit, correct?  Many writers make the mistake of reviewing shooting scripts, which leads them down the wrong road if they want to sell their script. Many masters of the craft find they make some of the same mistakes.  The story and characters are the most important elements in your screenplay, so keep it simple and leave everything else out.

I do not over-intellectualize the production process.  I try to keep it simple.  Tell the damned story.

– Tom Clancy

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If we enter the world of our screenplay with our fixed goals in mind we may miss amazing miracles that often happen during the intuitive writing process.  Yes, it’s good to have an outline but if we are so married to what we think the movie should be we could be setting ourselves up for failure.  There are many factors at work when we undertake the journey with our characters in their universe.  Remember, it is their world after all.  If I want one of my characters to turn left when they want to turn right, I have altered their true course.  When I trust the characters to take me on a journey where they are in control, I just may have a masterpiece in the creation.

If the story you’re telling, is the story you’re telling, you’re in deep shit!

–Robert McKee

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What is it that I focus on when thinking about my screenwriting?  Is it the current story I am writing?  Is it the odds of making it?  Is it on networking with the buyers?  –  If I identify as a writer, my first and foremost responsibility is to the craft.  It is amazing how much time we can waste by getting caught up in worry.  If we just focus on what is in front of us everything else usually takes care of itself.  

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence

– Mark Twain

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How long do we spend writing a screenplay?  We all have a different answer to this question.  It could be weeks, months or years.  The truth of the matter is that a screenplay is ever evolving and is always being rewritten, even on the set during production.  The entire journey into screenwriting is about learning to trust ourselves and our intuitions.  If we wait for the script to be perfect we may miss a window of opportunity to sell our work. The key to being a successful screenwriter is knowing when to release our baby out into the world.

Perfection is not attainable but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

–Vince Lombardi 

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What do I want to be most remembered for regarding my writing?  Is it something in the works?  Something yet to be written?  Something on a shelf?  Where is this most valuable piece of work?  Am I putting it off? Only we have the answers to these questions.  

If we are not working on our most important piece of writing, maybe our priorities are out of order.  It is today that we are living.  Today is the day to start realizing how important it is to get on with the work that needs to be accomplished.

Good things happen when you get your priorities straight.

–Scott Caan

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