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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Reality Check

Search Dictionary:

2. Bitterly abusive feeling or expression.

Haven't made it yet? Join the club. The club of thousands of screenwriters who still write despite the reality of rejection. Here is an article that was published in Written By about Michael Traeger, a 45 year old writer who was mad as hell and couldn't take it anymore. So what did he do? He suffered silently and wrote and wrote and wrote. A stack of unproduced screenplays that are endulging something inside of him. Something cathartic, something filled with bile (kind of like this entry). Something that can't be produced. Well, maybe not. He has written and directed The Moguls and now has the likes of Kevin Bacon and George Clooney checking out his work. Does this mean if you stick your middle finger up the ass of Hollywood long enough you will get produced? Who knows but you should read the article, if only to convince yourself that you should stick by your guns and write what you need to write, regardless of the outcome or the sale. If it's good writing it will find a place. And if you want to find out if Traeger can actually write you can download a .pdf of his screenplay Vikings from that article. Oh yeah, he's on Variety's 10 director's to watch list.

Figures, he's a New Yorker. Hey, I'm 38 and I still have my health, cough. Thanks to Emon for the link.

Photo by Deverill Weekes


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