Bit of a shorty today – lots going on around Maximum Z HQ, but I wanted to post some items to show writers trying to break in that you’re not alone, and there actually are people out there willing to help you out.
-There’s been a lot of activity on Twitter to help non-WGA writers work on dropping the “non” from their status (as well as connect and network with other writers), and some positive results are starting to develop. Seek out hashtags like #ForYourWGAConsideration, #PreWGA, #WGAFeatureBoost, #WGAStaffingBoost, and #WGAmegamix.
-Read a phenomenal script by another writer? You can help give both it and them a boost by listing it on the Spec Script Shout Out site. It officially launches on May 31st, but you can sign up and register now. You’re also more than welcome to register yourself and your own projects. Bonus – it’s free.
–The WRAC Group is a great way to help yourself out when it comes to personal accountability. It’s good, solid, and effective. Also free.
A few simple rules to keep in mind while you’re doing all of this:
-Be nice. Treat people the way you’d want to be treated.
-Be willing to help others out (leads, referrals, etc.). It makes more of an impression than you realize.
-Don’t whine. It’s tough for everybody. We all get frustrated.
-Don’t lie. The truth will always come out, and your name and reputation may not recover.
-Somebody else has something good happen? Offer some congratulations.
-Don’t be afraid to tout your own accompishments. You’ve worked hard to get there.
-Everybody has their own path to success. Some take longer. Don’t compare your progress to theirs.
The biggest takeaway from all of this is, as it is with screenwriting – YOU HAVE TO DO THE WORK! Dedicate whatever time you can spare each day. Make it part of your routine. Productivity yields results.
Good luck, chums. Now go write something.