10 steps to becoming a professional screenwriter

Today I’m sitting by the phone waiting to hear if I’ve got my second short film commission. While I’m doing that, I’ve just been reading through an excellent series of articles by¬†Danny Stack on how to become a professional screenwriter. They’re so good, in fact, that I thought I’d share them with you:

  • Professional Screenwriter, Step 1: Reading
  • Professional Screenwriter, Step 2: Writing
  • Professional Screenwriter, Step 3: Networking
  • Professional Screenwriter, Step 4: Industry Insider
  • Professional Screenwriter, Step 5: Get an Agent
  • Professional Screenwriter, Step 6: Discipline
  • Professional Screenwriter, Step 7: Attitude
  • Professional Screenwriter, Step 8: Choosing Work
  • Professional Screenwriter, Step 9: In the Know
  • Professional Screenwriter, Step 10: Doing the Do
  • If I do get that commission, I might just try and put step 5 into practice. Wish me luck!

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    3 comments on “10 steps to becoming a professional screenwriter

    1. Andy Philip on said:

      All the best for the commission, Fiona. Hope you get good news.

    2. Best of luck Fiona!

    3. Fiona Veitch Smith on said:

      Thanks guys. Unfortunately I didn’t get it. Got down to the top 5 of 350 applicants, but didn’t make the final three that were commissioned. Oh well, onwards and upwards in the New Year. I’ve got a few projects on the go and I’m ever hopeful (or maybe just deluded) – time will tell.

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