Focusing on the Future of My Writing Career

In the past month, I’ve come to realize that I’m entering a transitional period of my life, in which I’ll need to start making some big changes in the months ahead if I ever want to get to where I hope to be someday, which is out in LA, writing TV shows. If there’s anything that’s going to be holding me back, though, it’s myself and myself alone. That being said, I want this too badly to allow any fears or doubts to truly stop me, and so, no matter what happens, I’m determined to make my goal happen sooner rather than later.

The original trajectory plan I had given myself was to write a few really good, solid scripts (a pilot, a spec or two) and move to LA in 2016. I gave myself that 2-year breathing room to figure out what the hell I’m going to do financially, as I’m still only working part time (as a matter of fact, my one-year work anniversary is approaching in a couple weeks :)). There are many hurdles that’ll have to be dealt with along the way, such as where I’m going to live, how I’m going to find a job once I eventually move to LA, making sure my writing is actually good and original and funny, etc. As long as I prepare for these obstacles the best way I can, I know I’ll be able to handle them, and they won’t stop me from reaching my goal.

The biggest thing that happened to me since my last blog post is that my instructor from the TV Comedy Writing Workshop (which recently finished up) invited a select group of students (including myself) to join a TV Comedy Master’s Class. The commitment is for an entire year, and it’s a little pricey, but I accepted it (and got the last spot in the class!) because I got so much out of the 10-week workshop and knew that I wanted more. It’s an intimate group of just 10 of us, and every other week we meet and take on a few people’s scripts, story outlines, etc. We’ll read scripts aloud, or pitch ideas, or help to break a story, or throw out possible “what if” scenarios and ideas for jokes. It’s the same format as the other workshop, so it’ll be fun to have this community of writers for an entire year so that we can help each other with our work with the same goal in mind of possibly getting our work produced someday.

In the previous workshop, I worked on an original pilot script. I wrote the first draft and met with my instructor one-on-one to go over the script scene by scene. I’m honestly so appreciative that he’s not only extremely knowledgeable, since he has the professional experience, but that he genuinely cares so much about helping us as writers and making sure that our scripts are of the absolute highest quality. I’m so grateful for this opportunity, and I just know that it’ll open doors for me.

So, now, after I revise my pilot script, I’m going to take a break from it and move on to writing a Modern Family spec script. As of now, I don’t really have too many story ideas yet, so I need to focus on that first, and of course once I have the plots mapped out, it’ll be a matter of getting the characters’ voices down as well as matching the humor of the show.

I’m just going to keep at it, keep learning, keep reading, keep watching and, obviously, keep writing. 🙂


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