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This week's question: 

I don't know if I could survive without screenwriting?  Is that crazy?


This week's Answer: 

Surviving No Screenwriting

Not at all, T.K.  It's perfectly understandable that, if you didn't have screenwriting, your mental faculties would crumble like a cookie and you'd race madly through the streets, proclaiming, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to write screenplays anymore!"  Perfectly understandable.

Surviving without screenwriting can be very difficult.  Maybe even impossible.  But it can be done.  I'm not saying that it's easy.  But it can be done.  Your letter comes at an opportune time because I'm currently working on creating and producing a reality show:

Surviving Without Screenwriting

Concept:  Screenwriters are flown by helicopter to a remote island where they must stay alive without cell-phones, laptops, computers, typewriters, word processors, even paper and pen (not even toilet paper and pencils).  If a screenwriter contestant is discovered writing anything in a context that resembles a screenplay format, such as using a twig to trace FADE OUT: in the sand, or lining up cocoanuts to make a slug line, then the contestant will disqualified and sent back home, where he or she must remove all submissions to "Inktip" and not speak the words, "option," "three-pic deal," nor "points" for a whole year.  If the contestant is discovered to be secretly creating a screenplay in his or her mind, a lobotomy is performed on the contestant, wherein the contestant is sent home to participate in a second reality show:

I Want to be a Reality Show Producer



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