Originally Posted by holly
i really agree with all of that JL.
but two things - i have the feeling your first scripts were really, really special. ready for prime time. should they all be? of course. are they all? no. a lot of relationships do start out as varying degrees of potential.
second, this board makes me more aware than ever how much harder it is to break in now than it was ten, fifteen, years ago. not only has the market completely contracted, but i feel like there are more aspiring screenwriters than ever. more college programs. more on line programs. so many more people who think they can do it.
so many more writers means yes, a few more special ones, but a whole crapload more of ones with potential. for just a few spots.
of course its not good management or management at all. feels kindof inevitable, tho.
For what it's worth, I thought I was ready for prime time years ago. But I see how much of a better writer that I am today than 4, 6, 8 years ago. And I think most people think that they are ready (script-wise, attitude-wise) way before they actually are.
I don't know if it's harder now than it was in the past. People will always think that because it's hard for them.
Keep writing. Send queries once a year on your best script of that year. Push yourself with each new script you tackle. Enter the Nicholl. Push yourself even harder. Get feedback from writers. Give feedback to writers.
Eventually you will break or break in.