Aaron Cooley nailed it in his article on HollywoodJournal.com:
“But what Syd Field and Blake Snyder and Robert McKee failed to tell us is that we writers are not in control of our own destinies. Check that; we’re not in control of jack shit.”
You spend months — possibly years — writing a script and how many people ever actually read it? 10? 12? Aaron did the math on one of his well received script. A screenplay that was sent out wide by his agent. It even ended up being optioned. The grand total?
And then the project died. Aaron’s suggestion to screenwriting glory? Write a novel.
Amazon’s self-publising makes it easier than ever. And each read/download is $ in your pocket.
And if they don’t like it? No rejection letter or call from your agent about how they liked the writing but it’s “jut not for them.” Even better? SHADES OF GREY was an online novel that was turned into a paperback and eventually will be a movie. Your novel doesn’t even have to be good!
(That’s good news for a lot of us.)
Let’s turn that screenplay..I mean novel outline..into money. And reads. Speaking of which: read the article. Aaron is much better explaining the whys and wherefores.
Plus…I got a novel to write.
Check out Aaron’s novel.
Follow his thoughts on twitter: @fleming17f
And HollywoodJournal.com gives great insight as well.