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Stories from a seasoned screenwriter. Take heart! Your creative source is infinite and un-ending. Sometimes Hollywood just rips up the roadmap back to it. The bottom line is that Hollywood is not at all as bad as it sounds. Additionally, it's worse than you can imagine. Remember to pack a sense of humor.


I am a screenwriter living in Southern California. I've written screenplays for most of the Hollywood studios over the past 20 years. One of the uncredited writers of FANTASTIC FOUR, I wrote FIRE DOWN BELOW starring Steven Seagal, and the TV Movie 12:01 PM starring Martin Landau and MANEATER with Gary Busey. I have directed short films. I have written on numerous Hollywood studio assignments, some for big shot actors, some for small shot nobodies.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

From a Master

Ray Bradbury's rules on writing. I heard him speak recently, and he was full of life, incredibly passionate and speaking almost as a minister to his congregation.
1) To Hell With It, Whatever It Is. (translation - don't let anything get you too wrapped up, too upset, too distracted. Move on, continue with your life, continue with your work.)
2) Get Your Work Done. (translation: make sure you make your pages, your word count, your deadlines, whatever bar you're setting for yourself, employed or unemployed, professional or amateur, veteran or beginner. If you don't sit down and do it, and ultimately FINISH it, all you will ever have is talk.)
3) Don't compare yourself to anyone else. (Translation: we are all unique, all creative expressions are unique and all levels of success are unique. Comparison will only make you feel bad about your gift, your talent and your ability to get it done.)

Good words, good thoughts for anyone who picks up a pen or hits the keyboard to tell a tale.


Blogger David Anaxagoras said...

Ray always charges me up. I read Dandelion Wine and Martian Chronicles every summer. Zen in the Art of Writing is one of the few books on writing that I continue to dip into when I need some inspiration. Nice to see another screenwriter who appreciates him.

To Hell With It... sounds SO Bradbury.

Thursday, July 07, 2005  

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