Some days this is quite the struggle. You slave away on a script, send it out (contest, query, what have you) and hope for the best.
Unfortunately, a lot of the time, the best isn’t what happens. There will be rejection. A lot of it.
But every defeat is temporary, and a chance to regroup and try again.
In the beginning, when somebody tells you “no”, you take it personally. But you eventually grasp the concept that they’re addressing the writing, not the writer. You hunker down and keep going, continuously striving to improve.
The “no”s will still come, but eventually you get to the point where you simply shrug it off.
“Why even bother?” some might say. “Why keep doing this to yourself?”
Because the longer and harder you work at it, the closer you get to reaching that goal.
Because we feel this is a goal worth pursuing.
Because we’re compelled to.
Because we believe in our abilities.
Because we love doing it.
Success, especially when it applies to screenwriting, does not come easy. Or quickly. You will need an unlimited amount of patience and perseverance. This is going to be a long, perilous journey.
I’ve started walking. Who wants to come with me?
And I think this is a pretty good way to get things started.