Surviving and Thriving in Hollywood

Eight Principles to Empower Your Writing and Your Life

▶ By Jim Jennewein

Becoming a successful screenwriter—or any kind of professional storyteller—is as much about attitude and commitment to a certain kind of behavior as it is about learning the many elements of story craft. It’s a disciplined way of thinking and behaving—on paper and off—that determines your ability to develop the stories you want to tell.

Here are a few things I’ve learned during my journey as a professional screenwriter and teacher of writing. You want to make a living as a screenwriter? Join the club!

It Isn’t a Story Until You Write It

Yes, of course you live and write in your head. That’s what we writers do. It’s an occupational hazard. ...

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