QOTD

“The odds of making it as a screenwriter always seem daunting… If you took every single person that said, “I want to be a writer,” in Hollywood, everybody who ever said that, then the percentage of people who actually make it in terms of actually being a working writer would be extraordinarily small.

But then, if you took the percentage of people who said, “I want to be a writer,” and wrote something, then the percentage gets a little higher of people who are successful. Then if you take the percentage of people who say, “I want to be a writer,” and wrote several things, and kept on refining them and kept on working at them, then the percentage gets higher yet.

By the time you get to, and this is the last step and the step that took me the longest, the time you find a person who said, “I want to be a writer,” and then writes several things and then actually submits those things to people, and bothers their friends and such, and sends them out to agents – then the odds don’t look so bad.”

Lisa Joy, from an interview with Scott Myers on his blog

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3 thoughts on “QOTD

  1. hilarycustancegreen says:

    This is cheering. I feel the odds are still vastly against me, yet I have done all these things. Come to think of it, I have even published two books. Funny, I am still not convinced that I have made it as a writer, I suppose it is necessary to go on feeling the hunger.

    • emilybolcik says:

      That is funny – and I’ve heard that often, that writers have trouble identifying themselves as writers. Could be a good thing, if it means we’re always trying to improve and get to the next level.

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