I’ve been all over the place lately. I’ve been questioning my projects and what contests I should enter. Should I even enter contests this year? Are my scripts strong enough to even place? Do I really want to write that TV spec this year? With all these questions I keep coming back to one main goal.
I just want to focus on my writing and making it stronger.
I want to spend the rest of the year immersing myself in research, reading scripts, watching movies/TV shows and writing/rewriting my scripts. I will seek out feedback down the road for certain scripts and I will still submit my script to the Finish Line Script Competition for feedback at the end of the month.
What’s caused me to shift gears?
I’m just tired of throwing things at the wall to see what will stick. There are so many screenwriting contests out there and thousands of people applying. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the money to keep applying to these contests in hopes of making it to the quarterfinals or the second round and not going any further. It’s especially frustrating for someone who doesn’t live in the LA area. There are those few success stories where people from outside of LA have gotten their work recognized or gained representation, but it feels like you’re not taken seriously if you don’t live there already, especially if you want to be a TV writer.
So, I’ve come to the decision that I will be moving to the LA area. It won’t be tomorrow and it won’t be next year. It probably won’t be able to happen until my daughter goes off to college. And no, my daughter is not a newborn. She’ll be eighteen in six years. I know that six years seems like a long time away, but time has been flying by watching my daughter grow up. Six years is nothing.
So, unless I win the lottery or a writing opportunity takes me to LA sooner rather than later, I’m going to start saving up to make that big move in six years. I do hope to make a couple of trips out there between now and then, but I see this time frame as an opportunity to get my scripts in the best shape possible. I started this blog to document my journey as a screenwriter. Most people hear about writers selling scripts or getting repped and they think it was an overnight success story. Most of these writers have been writing for years and putting in the hard work to get to that point.
This is MY JOURNEY as a screenwriter. I’m only five years in and it may take six years or more for something to happen! I hope it takes a shorter time frame for me to “break-in,” but I’ve always been aware that this could be a long journey to get to the next point in my career. Once you “break-in” you have to work ten times harder to stay in! No matter what happens in my life I will always be a writer and it is something that I will pursue for the rest of my life. I DON’T HAVE A PLAN B! This is it people! I’m making it happen!