1The Need for a Road Map

Imagine: Your agent calls to tell you that a producer recently purchased the rights to a book. She’s taking pitches from screenwriters looking to adapt the material. The basic premise is this: A man, falsely imprisoned, falls victim to the very worst in human behavior before finding his way to freedom and putting his life back together. Your agent asks, “Is this a genre that interests you?”

Of course, you say, “Yes.” You want the work. But think about the question: “Is this a genre that interests you?” If you get the job, you’ll be spending a year on this story. It will consume you. So consider the question carefully. You think about it, then you call your agent:

WRITER: Book the meeting. I love the genre.

AGENT: Really? ...

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