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I Can’t Afford to Write Screenplays

May 21st, 2009 · No Comments · Screenwriter Chat


By Poor Literate Writer

Not long ago I took a break from writing to market a service to screenwriters – I won’t go into details about the service since it failed miserably and left me for broke – but I did do some homework at the time to find out who my potential customers really were. Turns out aspiring screenwriters are loaded, at least according to a subscriber survey conducted by Creative Screenwriting magazine about eight years ago.

They concluded the average Creative Screenwriting reader was a wealthy, highly educated adult making a hundred grand a year. And half of the subscribers held a Master’s Degree or Ph.D.

So, forget about that image of the poor sap scribbling dialogue down in the boiler room, screenplays are written by lawyers, doctors, bankers and professors. No wonder I can’t sell anything. I wish someone would have told me I had no business writing screenplays at my level of income. I guess no one told Diablo Cody, or David Benioff, or Joe Eszterhas either. If they had, these folks could still be dancing, teaching, and stealing cars instead of writing screenplays for a living.  🙂

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