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This week's question: 

 I know it's petty and immature, but, when I do everything I can to make something happen and it doesn't, I get so frustrated!  I'm starting to believe that I'll never sell a script.  Do you think I'm going a little bit crazy,  DcH?

Gina D. from Kansas City


This week's Answer: 

Investing in Yourself

Thank you for contacting me, Gina from Kansas City.  I think it's courageous of you to feel your feelings (although I don't know what else you can do with feelings -- except stuff them, which doesn't sound at all pleasant and can cause constipation).  No, I don't think you're going even the least bit crazy, Gina (but I do hear that in Kansas City they have a lot of crazy women there...).  You're being human (or you're being a human being -- which is redundant and means you're doing far too much being and need to do more!) and you're present with how you're feeling about your business of selling screenwriting.  

It can be and often is frustrating (or should I say, "Frustrating!"?) when what you want to come about doesn't come about.  Don't despair; I have a simple solution for you.  

You know you're talented; you know you've written the Mona Lisa of screenplays.  A voice within you wants to cry out (or sometimes does and wakes the neighbors):

Won't someone, anyone finally recognize my genius?!

Isn't that about the size of it?  (Actually, the size is 36-point font.  And sometimes we need to think and feel in 36-point font, to be heard, and seen, and appreciated.)  But then you might have a second thought such as: 

Wait.  Let me amend that last outburst:  Won't someone, anyone who is a producer or anyone who has at least a million to invest finally recognize my genius?!

There.  That's much better.  You want the recognition as being a real "player," a successful screenwriter (and the money that comes with said recognition).  Of course.  You deserve it.  You should have it.  Yes, but...

Wait.  Let me amend that last amendment I made to the first outburst:  Won't someone, anyone who is a producer or anyone who has at least a million to invest and isn't in jail or fleeing the country finally recognize my genius?!

There.  That's even better.  But wait again.  Take three:

Wait.  Let me amend that last amendment I made to the amendment of the second outburst:  Won't someone, anyone who is a producer or anyone who has at least a million to invest and isn't in jail or fleeing the country finally pay me a whole bunch of money and buy my screenplay?!

That's all very well and good.  But I then must ask:

But what happened to the part about someone recognizing your genius?

And your only answer is...

Genius schmenius.  Just give me the cash.

You see how simple that was?

DcH

 


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