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10/01/2002 - A NEW SCHEDULE FOR COLUMNS
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A NEW SCHEDULE FOR COLUMNS

Dear Friends,

After writing a weekly column on HollywoodLitSales.com for nearly two years - through job offers, a few vacations, a script auction, a staffing job on a series, my first directing gig, my first trip to Burning Man, and lots of other adventures - I'm shifting my schedule around. As of this week, I'm not going to be writing a weekly column anymore. Instead, I'll be writing a column when I feel I have something compelling and new to say. To put it another way, I'll be writing when I damn well please.

The reasons for this change are myriad. First, I've already communicated the basics of what I know about writing. Most of it involves people just following those steps I've said many times: If you love writing, and you want to be a writer, you write every day, you read great scripts, and you rewrite and rewrite and rewrite until you're wishing you were never born, and then you rewrite some more, and then, after several more rewrites, you finally have something that you can call a piece of shit. At this point, you'll know you've done about 5% of the rewrites that are necessary to write a truly exceptional script.

Another reason is that I'm changing the way I live my life for a while. I'm heading out of the country in a few weeks. Starting in Thailand, but then I don't know where I'm going, though Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand may or may not be on the list. I'll work from the road sometimes, and sometimes I'll be out of touch for days or weeks. So I don't want to promise that I'll be getting a weekly column in every week.

A third reason is that I'd like to raise the quality level of this column, and that means taking the time to develop better pieces, on deeper themes, and with information you can't really find anywhere else. At the same time, don't expect every one of my upcoming columns to be groundbreaking, since I'll sometimes just want to rant about something annoying.

I urge those of you who haven't read my past columns to reference the index columns, dated May 21, May 28, June 4, and June 11 - all 2002. I don't say this because I think they're particularly brilliant, but because I genuinely feel that there's some useful information in there for writers who are trying to build a career or put a budding career into perspective.

So, in other words, you may not hear from me for a little while. If you've discovered nothing else from reading this weekly column over the past couple of years, take this one thing with you: WRITE EVERY DAY, NO MATTER WHAT.

Do it, and the career in writing becomes the easy part. Of course, living a life worth writing about remains as tough as Hell.

Tough enough,

Grady

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