Wednesday, November 15, 2006

C'MON PEOPLE

Ever since I started bloggin about 1 year ago, I noticed something about a handful of my fellow bloggers.

Well, some of you....have QUIT. What the fuck, man? How long do you think this takes?

It's strange, I mean, coming into this, you had to know it might not be EASY to sell a screenplay. It's usually a long damn road. And a road that sucks ass most of the time. Filled with MANY disappointments and dickheaded producers.

But don't give up! Christ!

I've seen it - they'll write one script, maybe 2, and try to get some action on it. And some do, but when it ends up not panning out, they pack it in. Oh, well, gave that a shot, let's go work at Target.

People - this is a hard career. I've been at it full-time (other than the day job) for a good 7-8 years now. And I still have the day job. Sure, I've had minor successes here and there, but even now, none of the projects I have out there in development are "sold" and they could just as easily fall apart. And if they do, will I quit? Well, fucking hell, no. It'll piss me off, sure. But I'll try again. And again.

So you wrote a script that didn't sell. Write another one. That one not sell either? Then write another one. Or re-write the 1st one. Or go make it your damn self.

You will be disappointed. You will be pissed. You will be in tears. Frustrated. Blocked. Did I mention disappointed? And all the while you better be blogging about it, cause we all go through it, and it sucks, but we move on, we get over it, and we fucking write. Cause we love it.

But quitting? Not. An. Option.

11 comments:

Scribe LA said...

Here ye here ye. Say from the roof tops, Patrick.
Scribe

Robert Hogan said...

Amen Brother!

Screenwriting Guy said...

I really hope this was in no way directed at me. Quitting BLOGGING and quitting WRITING are two completely different things.

MaryAn Batchellor said...

The writers I know of who quit were not really writers anyway.

Patrick J. Rodio said...

Ah, true, true. Thre are a few of those "writers." And, relax, SG, I agree that quitting blogging isn't the same as quittung writing, although we're all in this together and I think it's interesting to see/read about each of our journies, good, bad, or whatever.

oneslackmartian said...

wow, that was some serious ruckus.

i know it's been awhile since i've commented because last i was here, you still had 3 fish . . . .

word verif: suubfekn
definition: subtitle for Das Boot

Patrick J. Rodio said...

One fish to go! He's hanging in there though. Little bastard, I love him!

Greg said...

Hi....

I just wanted you to know that I didn't give up. I'm back in business. I'm writing more than ever and I also have a new blog up and running.

Greg

Patrick J. Rodio said...

Awesome, Greg!

Bang2Write said...

Could agree more Patrick - but those that have quit maybe didn't have the stamina and in which case, it's better for everybody they got out sooner rather than later when they could have had nervous breakdowns : )

The Moviequill said...

same here, not much to say in bloggage anymore that isn't already covered by my fellow blogrollers, so I am sequestered in reading/writing mode (reading blogs, writing my scripts). The few little lovetaps to the nutsac I got about my latest scripts are not enough to deter me, no siree... I can take up to emasculation levels