Happy 4 Year Anniversary to My Blank Page!
December 5, 2014 § 2 Comments
Wow! Time sure flies when we’re busy filling our blank pages. Yes, it’s my FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY here at MY BLANK PAGE! And a solid year with over 48,000 views of the blog, I say thank you to all of my loyal readers for a fantastic fourth year on the net. I hope my articles helped in some way to you surviving in the trenches of Hollywood as a working screenwriter. As you know, screenwriting is a long haul journey to reach any level of success, but when you know other writers are out here slugging away, fighting the good fight, and being successful, it can help to give hope and strength to fill yet another blank page and follow your dreams.
In addition to my nearly 170 articles on the blog, I’ve also had guest bloggers too—the talented screenwriter Mark Dark who contributed a hilarious piece on what a nightmare TV pitch meeting from hell might be like, also his great article on the movie The Town, screenwriter/producer Christine Conradt‘s great article “Your Value as a Screenwriter: What are you Worth?” and actor/standup comic Rawle D. Lewis’ piece on “The Actor’s Perspective: Great Dialogue is Like Audible Gold.”
I hope this has been a productive year for you as it’s been for me. I completed two screenwriting assignment jobs (my 12th and 13th paid gigs), one of the movies wrapped production in September and it’s in post-production, and I just completed a first draft of the other script gig this month and turned it into the producer a day before my contracted deadline. These two projects were the 27th and 28th screenplays that I’ve written since I started on this wacky adventure. It’s always a new experience every time up to the plate and I never take it for granted. I feel blessed daily that I’m living my childhood dreams of being a filmmaker.
I’m also wrapping up the final touches on my new book A Screenwriter’s Journey to Success set for an early 2015 release on Amazon, so keep checking back on the blog or my Twitter account for a solid release date.
I have a new free mobile app called SCREENWRITING GURU from Yapp. Once you download it, you’ll receive screenwriting tips a few times a week from the app and it has links to my videos, website and other places to find script advice. On the video front, I’ve also created a screenwriting YOUTUBE CHANNEL where I post weekly script videos with my tips, tricks and tactics to help you survive in Hollywood’s trenches.
And as you complete your latest magnum opus, if you find yourself in need of professional screenplay consultation, check out my screenplay consultation services. You never get a second chance to make a first great impression with your screenplay.
I have renewed energy for 2015 and I hope you do as well. If haven’t done this already, make the time to craft a checklist and game plan for the new year so you can hit the ground running. Analyze your experiences this past year, examine your mistakes and failures, celebrate your successes, adapt and find new strategies to move you and your projects forward down the paying field.
My sincere thanks for your support of this blog. Remember to always respect your craft, keep the faith, and if you stop writing, you’re guaranteed to never have a shot at any success.
All my best wishes for 2015,
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”—Pablo Picasso
“You must be confident enough to believe that you can “make it”—but humble enough to know it’s a long journey with much to learn.”—Scriptcat
“This is, if not a lifetime process, it’s awfully close to it. The writer broadens, becomes deeper, becomes more observant, becomes more tempered, becomes much wiser over a period time passing. It is not something that is injected into him by a needle. It is not something that comes on a wave of flashing, explosive light one night and say, ‘Huzzah! Eureka! I’ve got it!’ and then proceeds to write the great American novel in eleven days. It doesn’t work that way. It’s a long, tedious, tough, frustrating process, but never, ever be put aside by the fact that it’s hard.”—Rod Serling
“It is no small feat to get a movie made, on any subject, on any screen.” —JJ Abrams
“People really are afraid to find out just how much hardship and poverty they can stand. They are afraid to find out how tough they are. Nothing can destroy the good writer. The only thing that can alter the good writer is death. Good ones don’t have time to bother with success or getting rich.”—William Faulkner