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Writing for the Screen by Anna Weinstein

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A Script Reader’s Perspective

How to Love What You Do When You Can’t Do What You Love

▶ By James Napoli

Anyone who has made the leap into a creative field has at some point heard the advice, “Follow your dream.” Have you ever tried to follow a dream? First you’re running, then you’re flying, and the next thing you know there’s your second-grade teacher with the body of a human and the head of a Thomson’s gazelle.

Dreams are the wrong template for the writer’s journey. They’re phantoms. And chasing phantoms is crazy making. Dreams have no continuity, but your choice of profession does. The choices you make along the way build one upon the other to shape the artist you become.

If you want to endure in this business, you need to uncover the many ...

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