Updated: May 23
Over the past ten years, as my network of writing associates and contacts has grown, along with my interaction with a lot of these people, because of the evolving pattern of technology, and the techno-culture. In most of my networking video I say, I’m a professional screenwriter and ‘your personal story coach’.
Earlier times of my career, I would’ve called this statement self-praising. If at all some considered me a professional screenwriter, weighing on my popular works, then it would be very kind of them to say. But I wouldn’t necessarily appraise that true. Like a lot of you, I write scripts, but I didn’t get paid the way I deserved doing it. The long-going plan was to keep at my work until that last part changed.
But I was really gripped. What would make somebody say such a thing? Is it how I present myself?
I try to be professional, which includes being polite, respectful, and patient, whether it’s in person or online. But that’s just common sense and good manners. And I always wondered if these things vanished the more a writer brings out his professional writing? Most of the professionals I have met in my career-life have been really congenial, well-behaved, friendly people, but I also had heard some these professionals showed off, totally arrogant and made quite a bit of tantrums as they dealt with their profession. Of course, there could be an anomaly for everything!
Is it about the scripts? How they’re written on the page? I’ll be the first to say my writings may not be the model everybody else should follow, but I try to present a well-crafted story that paints a picture in your head while also being easy on the eyes while you read it.
But that’s what we’re all putting our efforts for, right? Is it because I keep trying? I love putting my stories together, and want to do it for a living. Why wouldn’t I or anybody else constantly work on anything and everything to help improve the chances of making that happen? Everyone has the freedom and the opportunity! Now that it’s all online!
There’s no definitive path. Each writer finds success their own way. For me, it involves networking, talking to people, making aspiring writers aware of certain principles of screenwriting, writing for movies and web series with a professional approach to diligent writing, and what about you?
Maybe, others film their own script, enter into a few festivals, or decide to turn the scripts into a book, or a web series, or serialise chapters on a blog, or a graphic novel. So many options!
Trust me, these are the days where I’ll see something great happen for writers. The stage is ideal for the writers to play hero and win their elixir because these are the best times to harvest the best of your talents and efforts.
The only way to make this happen is to keep trying, so no matter what kind of day it’s been, or whatever kind of new obstacle been thrown into your path, you keep pushing forward.
A really interesting thought will evolve if I tell you that you deserve success. I don’t necessarily agree with that one. Would it be nice to see the results I seek for all the work I’ve done? Of course, but I prefer the idea that I’ve earned it, rather than ‘I put in all this work, so the universe owes me. I’ve seen/read a few aspiring writers state words very similar to that effect. It’s not attractive – on several levels.
Dear aspiring writers, the world doesn’t owe me, you, or anybody. Naturally, there’s no guarantee it’ll ever happen for me, but I remain assured and embrace a promise for the future. Every day is a new opportunity to try. My skills and my scripts have improved over time, so hopefully something positive will happen, preferably sooner rather than later.
Having said so much let’s talk about opportunities NOW! I’m planning a platform to find good screenplays across vernacular languages. Good screenplays are choices to make professionally of course, even deciding on the genre. And then perhaps, we’ll make opportunities actualise with those who who are in search for good screenplays.
That means you are assessed as a screenwriter and get paid for your work.
Many years ago, I saw a popular screenwriter on a panel at a writing conference. He had told the crowd then: ‘Don’t call yourself an aspiring screenwriter. That just means you want to be a screenwriter. You write a script, no matter how it turns out, good or bad, you are a screenwriter.’
When you tell people you are a screenwriter, most of the time the first follow-up question is 'What all screenplays have you written, and got produced’. To which you have to say ‘Not yet, but I’m working on it.’
I’m looking forward to make a bridge here.
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--Sab John Edathattil