If you write for a living (or think you might want to try), do yourself a favor. Watch this movie:
What the 50 screenwriters in Tales from the Script (2009) tell me is important for any writer, especially one with a client. However you define that.
Here are four of the many lessons they offer:
- Get used to chaos. No matter how sincere the time line and approval commitments, life has a way of showing up. Things slide, and before you know it, you’re part of a train wreck.
- Develop a thick skin. There’s never any way to predict how your work will be received. Clients are human, and it’s impossible to know who might have a bad day or when. Plus, people can disagree. Your take on something might not be their take on something. Even if it’s personal, don’t take it personally.
- Great writing alone isn’t good enough. Writing for hire is a team sport. If you’re not good with people, find something else to do.
- Don’t quit. It can be discouraging to go through draft after draft after draft…even when you’re getting paid to do it. Nothing ever gets created, however, without the risk of failure. Be brave.
The sooner you accept the legitimacy of these things, the happier and more serene your writing life will seem.