Screenwriters' Survival Tips


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From researching the London Screenwriters' Festival archives. I uncovered a document entitled, 60 Screenwriter Survival Tips, written by 
Screenwriters Danny 
Stack, 
Daniel 
Martin
 Eckhart, 
Mark 
Pallis,
 Richard
 Dinnick,
 Micho
 Rutare,
 and David
 Varela. What could be better than insider information to make it as a professional screenwriter!

Writer’s tips include how to find your genre, writing motives and ambitions, writing for oneself rather than for the media, rejection strategies, sharing enthusiasm, and helping others to help yourself. There were so many excellent ideas included in this jam packed document. Screenwriters Richard Dinnick and Daniel Martin gave the following advice:

“This 
is
 your
 life
 now. 
Know
 who 
the
 movers 
and 
shakers 
are. 
 Find
 out
 which 
companies
 are
 the
 ones 
to
 follow. Read
 Broadcast
 and
 Variety. 
Get
 online! 
 There’s 
a
 host
 of
 online
 blogs; 
there
 are 
loads 
of
 writers, 
 producers, 
 directors 
on
 twitter. 
 There’s 
a 
lot 
of
 expertise
 out
 there
 for
 free
 these 
days, 
Use
 it!” Richard Dinnick

“There's
 never
 just
 the 
one, 
­
don't 
put
 all 
your 
hopes
 in 
one
 script
. It
 ever
 so 
often 
happens 
that 
fresh
 talents 
write 
their 
first 
story
 and
 then
 fiddle 
around
 with 
it, 
shape
 it 
and 
reshape
it 
‐ 
always
 hoping 
for 
this 
one
 script 
to 
become
 their
 big
 break. 
Well, 
99.999 (keep
counting)% 
of
 the
 odds
 are 
against 
that
 ever
 happening. 
If
 you
 rely 
on
 the 
one, 
 you're
 doomed. 
Write 
it, 
put 
it 
aside, 
 write
 the 
next
 one
 - repeat.” Daniel Martin

"Rejection 
is 
the 
normal 
state 
of 
affairs," according to Screenwriter Richard Dimmick. "Right 
from
 the 
get go, 
 you’re 
going
 to 
be 
rejected. 
No
 one
 owes
 you 
a 
living! 
If 
you 
can’t
 handle 
rejection, 
this 
may 
not 
be 
the 
job 
for 
you!
 I 
keep 
all 
my
 rejections 
letters 
in 
a
 folder.
 They’re 
a 
motivational 
tool
–
if 
only 
for 
revenge!
” Richard Dinnick

Who would have thought of writing for revenge of rejection? Now there’s an interesting motivation.

The last but not least bit of advice is from Mark Pallis, who says, “Just
 do
 it
.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

The London Screenwriters’ festival is an annual three day event for screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, actors, and industry executives to build relationships, share ideas and express creativity, with over 1,000 attendees, 100 sessions, 150 industry expert speakers and the biggest names in film and TV from London Hollywood.

http://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com/assets/50-Screenwriter-Survival-Tips1.pdf

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http://www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com/

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