In this microwave world of instant gratification, text messaging, IM’s and 24-hour instant news cycles, the craft and business of screenwriting needs to catch up. Many writers are hesitant and fearful of starting their journey, knowing that there is no guarantee of success at the end of that journey, and it will probably result in years (not weeks or months) of time and dedication to the craft.
Anything worth doing and worth doing well is going to take a major investment of time and resources; of that, there is no question.
These are but a few points of helpful advice that The Script Mentor has learned and developed along the way that might — just might — help save YOU a significant amount of that time and those resources.
These points are in no particular order:
1) You must write something worthy of being purchased, or write with a fresh voice or style worthy of getting paid. This means that it is unique, fresh, perfectly formatted, grammatically and punctually correct, exciting and appealing to the masses.
2) You must write a perfectly constructed logline that highlights all of the elements, including the “hook”- the one element that separates your story from all others in that genre.
3) You must prepare an excellent query letter, preferably in the format that is now considered the best for a query letter (from recent polling data).
4) You need to develop a networking and marketing strategy and stick to it, spending a set amount of time each day to nurturing it, and as much time as your spend writing. You should do both concurrently.
5) You should explore multiples avenues for marketing and/or breaking in. This includes contests, offering assistance, writing assignments, adapting source materials, etc.
6) You must understand that there are many ways to achieve your goal (whatever goal that may be), and that your avenue to success is as different as there are goals. In other words, someone wanting to work as a script reader may have a different tact than someone wanting to sell spec scripts for a living.
7) You should understand that because one person wrote a script this way, doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Writing spec scripts are much different than the way QT or Cameron write theirs.
8) You need to develop your three completely separate support systems we like to call our “cheers”, “peers”, and “rocketeers”, and build that circle of trust around you.
9) People may offer constructive criticism and sound advice to your writing, but the vision is yours. Stick to the vision.
10) You have to be someone that others WANT to work with. Be polite and professional, and people will know you as such.
If you want the complete list of target points developed by The Script Mentor, please contact and join The Script Mentor program today, and get your writing career off on the right track.