blog today all about how if you want to make it in the screenwriting world, you must live in L.A. Of course, like most screenwriters NOT in L.A. I felt discouraged. Right out of undergrad my first plan was to go to New York. A few years later, I attempted to move to L.A. with another friend who is a writer.
That very year I decided I wanted to have a family instead and adopted my two kids. Dreams deferred I thought. Writing went on the back burner. I knew how difficult it was to become an established writer not living in L.A. So I gave up. Why even bother, right?
Years later, I decided if screenwriting was so hard to break into in my hometown of St. Louis, maybe I could try my hand at writing a novel. I studied SCREENWRITING in college, not novel writing. That was not my passion. But yet, I learned the craft and drafted my first novel (currently editing it).
Do I still want to become a screenwriter? YES!! Can I do so not living in L.A? Maybe. Doubtful. VERY hard! But I think if you have the goods, and you are writing what Hollywood needs at the time, anyone can become successful. So for me, I like to think I will get in where I can fit in. Either I write and publish an awesome book so that when I shop a screenplay, people know my name, or I write an AWESOME screenplay that Hollywood can't refuse, no matter where I reside.
Will I ever leave and head for LaLa Land? I keep my options open, but there is no rush. If I am a good writer in St. Louis and can make some connections (and you can outside of Cali), I'll be even better in L.A. I don't think I am the best writer I can be right now. I'm not the best person either, because I don't do well with schmoozing with those types of people. Let me practice my schmoozing here in my safe comfortable home.
I will continue to WRITE, any and everything! I will continue to network, meet the people that make things happen in all areas of the country. I will find an agent willing to work with my novels. I will learn EVERYTHING about becoming a professional screenwriter, be it film or television. When I am ready to make that plunge to L.A. I want to hit the ground running, IMMEDIATELY, get it done, sell some screenplays, get a contract, get my own television show, all that!