Notes For The Writer Who… Worked Hard and Still Got A “meh” Coverage
Bottom line for the project: Is this a project (even with the rewrite pass I recommend) a HOT project that you can query and get a sale from? It falls under the “small” “indy” category – a slice of life – so that’s not usually a big seller. But we don’t know for sure that a producer might not go crazy for it. So – what do you do? Well you sure aren’t going to toss your work out, tell you that much. You spent a lot of time developing it. Did you grow as a screenwriter as you did that? Yes.
I say enter the script into a couple of competitions and see how it fares in the larger world. Then you hang onto it as a writing sample. And you keep writing.
Every screenwriter has this trajectory: scripts that they labored over for months and then get to this point with: what to do with it? Usually, writers write a few scripts like this – they work and work but the magic isn’t there for the script for some reason – whether that means their own personal feelings and connection to the story or the characters, or whether that is a reflection of the evolution of your writing talent and experience – the script just isn’t received all that well.
Writers have a choice at that point. Keep trying or give up. What do you do? How do you know? You can probably intuit what you want to do – do you still feel that itch to create another script? Do you need to take a break? Do you need to try another medium? If you still have that itch, then there’s only one solution.
You keep writing. You keep improving your skills and you keep searching for that one script, that topic that light you up like a Christmas tree. This is the process. And it can be a long and infuriating one. If you have the bug, you have the bug. Many will tell you that if you buy THIS book or THAT cd or go to THAT seminar, you will have some kind of golden ticket or fast track. This is not true. The only way is the way you are currently on – if you have the bug, if story ideas keep coming to you – then you give each script your ALL and if, when that script is done, it’s still maddeningly not that great – you do it again. And again. This is the dreamer’s disease. This is the way it goes. If anybody tells you there is a method (or a product, or a book) that can speed up or avoid this they are lying to you. The only way through it – is to keep on doing it.