Screenwriting takes talent, perseverance and audacity, but the road to success isn’t paved with gold. In fact, it’s probably not even paved. There are all sorts of bumps on the way – writer’s block, rejection, mistakes and mishaps. Take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. These famous screenwriters have been there and done that. Heck, they might even be experiencing similar woes right now. But they know the lay of the land and how to push through to create amazing material.

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So you’ve gotten notes on your screenplay. You’re excited to see what someone has to say, and then you realize it’s like a whole other language. You have no idea what to do with half of it. Learning how to incorporate script notes is almost like a game of “telephone.” You try to communicate your story and the reader attempts to relay their impression of it back to you. Not everything makes it through the filter.

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As writers, it takes focus in order to achieve our creative goals. Writing is only one part of the process. A career in screenwriting requires the ability to present ourselves as a business. We prepare a product, market it, advertise ourselves, and seek new opportunities for growth. Learn how to take control of your creativity and make it work for you.

Set Goals

Setting goals serves the same function as outlining a script.

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The secret to killin’ it in the entertainment industry is figuring out your goals and following a plan of action. Take your best work, make it better and get it into the hands of someone who can make it happen – even if that person is you. The writing process can be broken down into 4 components: Planning, Writing, Revising, and Getting Your Work Seen. Mold the specifics of your process around your strengths to see success. 

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Networking is about building an authentic, professional community. Surround yourself with “your” people – peers, advocates, mentors. These relationships act as pillars of support, holding you up in the entertainment industry. Building connections with new and existing contacts takes your career to the next level.

This takes time! Yes, time. Throw away instant gratification. You are becoming a smart, proactive, and productive writer by building a solid career foundation.

Networking for Newbies is part of a four-week series to help you break into the industry! 

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