Writing is difficult because it is never easy to create something from nothing, all while having only one tool at your disposal to do that with; your brain. However, once you finish a screenplay/novel/short story, you have to figure out what is the best way to get your work to the masses.
Which does indeed open up a whole new bucket of madness and frustration. I am realizing that writing the darn screenplays will be the easiest part of this whole endeavor. Because while writing produces seeds of doubt, preparing a marketing plan opens up way more. Allow me to walk you through some my own thought processes in just the last couple of hours.
The journey began by reading selling strategy advice in The Screenwriters Bible by David Trottier. I will summarize.
Be persistent, but not pushy; be original but familiar. You need an epic hook, sell your story with awesomeness, be exciting, be captivating, showcase your work on a stage made of gold and dreams. Have your ducks (not regular ducks mind you, the best looking ducks you can find) all lined up in the perfect row, follow the rules, do your research, and don’t forget to shoot for total perfection.
Yep, I knew it everyone in Hollywood is Lord Business
***after stewing in self doubt for several minutes***
I’m not a genius okay, I’m just a writer. Your average human writer. Where do they expect to find people who can do all this crap. And speaking of crap, Hollywood, you got some ‘splanin to do.
I can’t do it. Nope. Can’t handle the pressure. This is madness. What kind of sick person would put themselves through this torture on a daily basis.
**sit and ponder for a moment**
Yep completely craz — Wait! I’ve got it, the perfect logline/hook! **write it down**
Oh and this is a nice thought, maybe could be included in a pitch or query letter! **write it down** And this too! **write, write, write, writey, write, write**
Awe look it the little ducks finding there way to the row. Isn’t just…
So what kind of person would put themselves through this?
A writer. And that is what I am.
Until next time,