Happy 6th Anniversary to MY BLANK PAGE!
December 3, 2016 § Leave a comment
I can’t believe it’s December again and my six-year anniversary for this blog. Time sure flies as we’re busy filling our blank pages, right? Yes, it’s my SIXTH ANNIVERSARY and it’s been another solid year of readership and with over 20,000 views of the blog. I want to thank all of my loyal readers for a fantastic sixth year on the net. I hope my articles helped with your survival 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 give you hope and strength to fill yet another blank page as you follow your dreams.
I hope 2016 has been a productive year on your screenwriting journey. I’ve been blessed to keep busy with two more screenwriting assignment jobs (my 14th & 15th gigs), I completed my 30th feature length screenplay on my journey, I co-created, produced and co-wrote a TV talk show pilot that will be out to the networks in early 2017, my latest thriller MOMMY’S LITTLE GIRL premiered on Lifetime Network in the spring to their highest ratings in over a year (1,825,000 viewers for the premiere), and I just completed a script doctor job on a film that begins production this weekend. A fitting way to end a great year. I’ve also completed my online store that sells my COFFEE RING CARTOONS MERCHANDISE for screenwriters. Check it out!
I’m also wrapping up the final touches on my new book, A Screenwriter’s Journey to Success, set to be released in early 2017 on Amazon. Keep checking back on the blog or my Twitter account for a solid release date. The book has been a long haul journey and shares my twenty years of experiences in Hollywood’s trenches with advice about forging a career.
If you haven’t yet, check out my screenwriting YOUTUBE CHANNEL where I post weekly script videos with my tips, tricks and tactics to help you survive in Hollywood’s trenches. I have twenty seven videos uploaded to help with your screenwriting survival in the trenches. I also provide on-demand webinars from my Pivotshare Channel to help you reach your screenwriting goals.The webinars make great holiday gifts for the aspiring screenwriter in your life. And as you complete your latest magnum opus, if you find yourself in need of professional screenplay consultation, check out my screenplay consultation services. Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first great impression with your screenplay.
As the year ends, take some time to reflect on your experiences — celebrate your successes, analyze your mistakes and failures, and adapt to find new strategies that can move you and your projects forward down the paying field. Always set realistic goals and do whatever you need to go after them with passion. Remember, it’s later than you think, and life passes quickly while you attempt great things with your screenwriting career.
My sincere thanks for your support of this blog. Remember to always respect the craft, keep the faith, write from a passion for the work and not seeking fame and fortune, and remember—if you stop writing, you’re guaranteed to never have a shot at any success.
See you on Twitter/Periscope and the big and small screen.
All my best screenwriting wishes for 2017.
Copyright 2016 by Mark Sanderson on MY BLANK PAGE blog.
Don’t miss my Lifetime Movie Channel double feature to kick off 2017 –
“Mommy’s Little Girl” and “Mother of All Lies.”
“… a basic “must” for every writer: A simple solitude—physical & mental.”—Rod Serling
“Being an artist means not having to avert one’s eyes.”—Akira Kurosawa
“Hollywood is Hollywood. There’s nothing you can say about it that isn’t true, good or bad. And if you get into it, you have no right to be bitter—you’re the one who sat down, and joined the game.” —Orson Welles
Stephen King with advice from his old newspaper editor John Gould: “Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.”
“Don’t think of it as art, think of it as work.”—Paddy Chayefsky
Hemingway said it best, “I still believe, though, that it is very bad for a writer to talk about how he writes. He writes to be read by the eye and no explanations or dissertations should be necessary. You can be sure that there is much more there than will be read at any first reading and having made this it is not the writer’s province to explain it or to run guided tours through the more difficult country of his work.“
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”—Pablo Picasso
“I never feel the need to discuss my work with anyone. No, I am too busy writing it. It has got to please me and if it does I don’t need to talk about it. If it doesn’t please me, talking about it won’t improve it, since the only thing to improve it is to work on it some more. I am not a literary man but only a writer. I don’t get any pleasure from talking shop.”—William Faulkner