PDB: Can you pitch THE NEW SCREENWRITER’S SURVIVAL GUIDE in 25 words or less?
No, but David Trottier, author of The Screenwriter’s Bible can: “Before you even think of marketing your script, read this book and change your screenwriting life.”
PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?
I enjoyed Looper a lot. I like smart time travel pieces. I’m a fan of Justified, Game of Thrones, and Being Human. I don’t do cable though so I get most of my television on discs or on iTunes a bit after they come out on the air. I like Adele.
PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader/ viewer?
Well that is maybe not the right question. The right question might be, Can a human being be an objective reader/reviewer? Human beings in general have a hard time with objectivity, I think. But. I also think writers, because of their craft training, can be more objective than most, evaluating a piece of writing based on the craft, because writers have craft skills that allow them some distance where someone without those craft skills may be simply reacting to a piece of writing on an emotional level. So if anybody can be at least close to objective, it probably is writers first, the rest of humanity second.
PDB: How useful or important are social media for you?
Very to both. My entire school is online in an online forum and an online chatroom. Most of my professional interaction with people is through websites and email. And that is just the professional side of things, not the personal. With personal stuff, I follow politics and news online mostly through social media. When storms are coming in in Texas, you get more information faster about what is happening and where if you are on Twitter following the storm chasers than you ever will on TV news. I told a guy on Twitter once that a storm was headed right for him and he should hit a hotel. He did, and when he got back the next morning, the house was leveled. He would not have known to cut and run if someone on a social media site watching the storm chasers hadn’t known he was in a direct path. Social media is powerful.
PDB: What’s on the cards for the rest of 2013?
Find an assistant. Put out the hard copy of The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide. Hit some festivals. Teach some classes. Write some episodes for a couple series. Buy some pretty shoes. The usual. [smile]
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