The Single Greatest Way to Learn How to Be a Screenwriter

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The single greatest way to learn how to be a screenwriter is…

Hold that thought while I share the following story from Justin Mark’s essay in Hollywood Reporter titled “My Life as a Screenwriter You’ve Never Heard Of.”

Here’s a day in the life of a writer that you don’t always get to hear about.

It was 5 p.m., and I was playing Call of Duty. Why? Because I wanted to. The phone rang; it was a producer with whom I’d just spent the past two years laboring over a cable pilot, a time-travelly science fiction thing. We’d delivered the final cut to the network, and we were awaiting The Call — the one where you hear that your show, which tested well, is being picked up, that your life is about to change.

But the producer had That Voice. Any experienced writer knows That Voice. Because That Voice means…

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