Not perfect, but getting closer each time


It’s that magical time of year once again: screenwriters are entering their works in some of the major contests. And I plan to be among their number. At least for a few of them.

Buoyed by some recent success (thanks, Screencraft!) and dismayed by the even more recent lack thereof (WTF, Bluecat?), I’m taking one more look at my western before sending it out. Nothing major; just seeking out any necessary last-minute fixes (of which there was at least one, which totally caught me off-guard and has since been taken care of).

I’d considered sending the end result out for some feedback, but quickly opted not to because I actually don’t need to. The script is pretty rock-solid as it is (at least in my opinion),  and is exactly what I want it to be.

How will it do in any of these contests? Beats me, but I believe it’s a quality script about unique characters in a fun, original story. I hear those are pretty popular. Is it the best you’ll ever read? Probably not, but I bet you’d still remember it long after reading it.

It’s taken me a while to trust that gut instinct about my own work. Sometimes the self-doubt and second-guessing is there, but definitely not as much as it used to be.

Ever get that feeling that truly amazing things are going to happen for you?

I do. Quite often. Especially lately.

And I intend on doing everything I can to make them happen.


2 thoughts on “Not perfect, but getting closer each time

  1. I’ve quit contests. Made a semi-final once. Paid extra for coverage & got page & a half of advice from some film student. My State (Colorado) has annual free feedback & I used it the last 2 years. I got 4 plus single space pages from someone who must teach scriptwriting. Excellent. You have a western? Good luck. I have a contemporary western & I hear, one week, no westerns, no horses, next week, a company who passed on my script two months ago, just bought one. If I wasn’t crazy & committed to my work, I’d spend my days painting & fly fishing. All the best to you.

    • Yeah, it’s that love for writing that can make you feel like a bird in the clouds one minute and a chained up dog in the yard the next. By the way, I’m based out of Florida. Any chance of getting in on that free Colorado feedback?

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