Unpaid Me Will Rock Your Overpaid Development World
I like knowing Greg, because he’s hooked up to the world of film, and sometimes he gives me unproduced scripts to read. I read two of them this week, and I realized something:
I’m a better writer than most people.
I know you’re all surprised to hear that a screenwriter thinks himself better at the craft than other people who are actually making money (screenwriters are usually such humble people), but it’s true, I tell you. Every single one of these scripts has had quite obvious flaws to which I am pretty sure I have simple solutions.
Of course, no producers are paying me to develop these ideas, so this helps me not at all, in a practical sense.
But for encouragement, there’s nothing like it.
I managed an hour-and-a-half-ish of writing tonight before exhaustion overcame me, and I brought the page count up to 20 on the rewrite. More importantly, I summitted a minor story hill I’d been climbing all week, leaving the path open for some solid progress next time I write.
And what’s even better, most of it is feeling at least mildly funny, and much of it very funny. This may not sound like a big deal to all you other comedic geniuses, but for me it’s bloody amazing.
From now on, only dramas. Comedy is stressful.