Daniel Martin Eckhart links to the documentary "Malkovich's Mail
" about the unsolicited scripts and queries that John Malkovich gets. They track down the writers of some of these very original ideas ("cyborg dinosaurs!" "climactic warthog attack leaves one dead!").
My takeaway from this is that the "odds" against you aren't numeric. It doesn't matter if only 1 out of 1000 scripts, or 10,000, or 100,000 gets optioned, bought, or made. It matters where you are, compared to the 1000, or 10,000, or 100,000. If you're a reader of this blog, you're far more clued in than most of these people. If you've been following my advice, I bet you're a far better writer, too. It is entirely possible that the "odds" against what you're trying to do are 10,000, but you're in the top 10. Still tough, but if you keep at it you'll hit pay dirt.
Anyway, if you're a writer, it doesn't really matter what the odds are, 'cause you have to do it.
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