Author Topic: Scripts. How do you carry on when its not WHAT you know.........?  (Read 2044 times)

Offline Fagins girl

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Hi.

I am just wondering how other writers persever when other people tell you its not what you know its who you know? I feel like giving up when I hear that. Is that why much of what we see on tv is rubbish now? Are the scripts by only select people who write them all if they are any good or not?

Thanks,

FG xx

 

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Re: Scripts. How do you carry on when its not WHAT you know.........?
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2008, 02:45:14 PM »
you write for yourself first. if others like it that's great.

take a look in http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/ where they will read your scripts. if they are good enough you will be contacted. great site too

Offline CoreyBlake

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Re: Scripts. How do you carry on when its not WHAT you know.........?
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2008, 07:11:18 PM »
It's a combination.  The reality is that you do need to know people.  That's why it takes ten to twenty years to build a successful writing career.  Accept it and get busy on the marketing of your work so you can be seen.  Writing is a business. If you fail to treat it as such, you'll wind up pissed off with nobody reading you.  Your talent is only one of our elements you have to focus on:

1. Development: all things related to your writing ability (classes, exercises, writing gigs, your novel, conferences, writing magazines, reading competitive work).

2. Marketing: This is how you communicate with your potential audience.  Who would benefit from reading your books? You have to find them, reach out to them and convince them to spend their time and money reading your work. You can do this through a website, through getting short stories published, through a blog you write.

3. Networking: everyone you meet falls into one of two categories: 1) they can buy your work; 2) they can commission you to write something for them. It is imperative that you collect contact info from everyone you meet for step 4.

4. Publicity: whenever you have a writing victory (getting published, receiving an award, getting reviewed, etc), you have to have a mechanism for reaching out and telling people.  If you don't shout it form the rooftops people will assume you're doing nothing and that does not benefit you.  People love watching artists become successful - it makes them feel they are a piece of the dream. Publicize your successes.

Focus on each of these 4 areas equally and you build a legit career.

Best of luck!
Corey
 
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