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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Friend of the blog Trevor Finn writes about how he just got an agent:
I figured the best way I can get an agent or a job is by becoming as good a writer as I could, and really all that meant was writing lots of spec scripts. So I did. And then I re-wrote and re-wrote and re-wrote and eventually some of those scripts were half decent. One of my friends read them (who also happens to be a screenwriter - this is why networking is key), and told Perry about me, and I was told to drop my scripts off at OAZ. And that's it. I didn't even send a query.
What Trevor stopped doing: entering writing competitions and sending endless rounds of queries.

Congratulations, Trevor!

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Thanks Alex!

By Blogger Trevor Finn, at 11:55 AM  

On the same note, (congrats, too!) I have a question. I've written some scripts, still working them. I want to send them to agents, production companies, so on and so forth, but I just read an agency on the internet who ominously intoned, "If you haven't written your script with software, we have zero interest. We recommend ***** software." Now, I've written these scripts, very carefully, with full attention to spec, and now I may have to rewrite them on software I can't afford and may not even want? Is this a trend everyone should be aware of, at least to lowly spec writers trying to break in? Please advise.

By Blogger merianne, at 2:38 AM  

What software?

So long as you abide by the formatting, you don't need to use any particular software. But there's plenty of free software out there.

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 8:55 AM  

I didn't know there was such a thing as free software! They recommended Final Draft. I'm very new to the whole computer/internet thing. I had a very old one(named Carmudgeon,) basically a nuts and bolts word processor. I'll figure it out though. Your blog is great, too. I always am learning something pertinent from it.

By Blogger merianne, at 12:20 PM  

Free formatting software

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 1:01 PM  

Thank you! I'm ordering your book tommorrow, too. I'm learning how to edit, which can be difficult, to say the least. I saw the chapter called Killing the Darlings and I laughed out loud. I'm not quite sure what it is exactly, but I have a feeling there's going to be a lot of murder going on at my house next week...

By Blogger merianne, at 4:02 PM  

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