VERY GOOD IDEAS
A young reader asks if I can confirm screenwriter Terry Rossio's address, which she got off http://www.whitepages.com, because she has a good idea for a script he's writing (according to the trades). (He used to have these large parties every month, which is how I know where he lives.)
It's sorta scary that someone can find your address like that, isn't it?
I had to tell her that no, writers don't really like hearing other people's very good ideas. 'Cause first of all, the ideas aren't always so good. Second, if they are good, it makes us jealous we didn't think of the idea ourselves. Third, we're scared the person is going to come back later wanting a share of the money and credit.
Write your own stuff, I told her!
Especially when there is complete lack of originality in Hollywood films. All we get now, are adaptions from novels, reboots, sequels, and remakes. Nothing original right off the script. Makes me sad. =( That's why I actually took this advice and wrote 3 half-finished screenplays and am in the process of writing a novel (which will end up as a screenplay - there's no stopping it).
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