Advice for Writers Who Think They're Amazing
She thought she was being insulting when she said, "I don't enter contests or any of that shit. I don't compete with anyone. When my script is finished, that'll be it and it will sell."
Now, as you can see, there are writers out here who already think they're the bomb. They don't need to enter contests and competitions, believing them to be biased, insignificant and a complete waste of time and money. They already have the "winning" script so why bother. Or maybe they have Spike Lee in their phone. I don't know.
What I do know is this: Writing at a high level is harder than hell and it takes more than placing in a competition to succeed. You have to write your ass off. All the freaking time. Not only that, your scripts need to be producible, one that won't cost two arms and a leg to get made. Having said that, I'm happy to be in the top 5 or 10 or 20 out of the thousands of scripts in the pile (which I usually am). It means my writing is getting better and it means I can fucking compete. Yes, many of these contests are biased and a complete waste of time and money. But some of them change your life when you get that call from a reputable producer who wants to develop stuff with you. So, while entering contests and competitions ain't for everybody, it's a great stepping stone to other things.
Oh, what about that writer who said she doesn't enter contests? Well, she reads tarot cards on YouTube. She can keep doing that while I get ready to direct this film I wrote.
That's it, that's all.