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Are talented writers born, not made? Jan 19

Screenwriter Fairy TalesCorey Mandell has an excellent post on what he calls the “dangerous fairy tale.” That is to say, “the fairy tale that talented writers are born, not made.”

The danger of this fairy tale is that it feeds the other seductive notion that naturally talented writers are able to write and sell great scripts pretty much right out of the gate, perhaps even win an Academy Award, just like it happened for (fill in some Diablo Cody-type name here).

Being able to write a first-ever script good enough to sell and get made is a great story.  But we have to keep in mind that the folks in Hollywood are staunch believers in never letting the facts get in the way of a good story.

Without outing anyone, I went to film school with several writers who say they sold their first ever screenplay, which is absolutely, positively one-hundred per cent true… Just as long as we are all willing to pretend that those six or seven less-than-stellar screenplays, written prior to the one that finally sold, don’t actually exist.

Please check out the full inspirational article, and the included video at the bottom of the post by Ira Glass on Storytelling. You’ll be glad you did.


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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by scribomatic, Trevor Mayes. Trevor Mayes said: An excerpt from Corey Mandell's insightful and inspirational post about a dangerous screenwriting fairy tale…. http://fb.me/NpeXed4p […]

  2. Lynn says:

    Good screenwriters are born…
    It must be in your blood…
    If you got some of screenwriting talent, then you are on your way…
    You have to have at least 50% screenwriting talent and the rest, well you can grow, like growing muscles, hard work
    But you got to start will some accolades…
    Got some good coverages…
    Acquired a mananger…
    Win some contests….
    Sold one or two…
    Optioned a few…
    Made it in top 20% at Nicholl…
    And producers like yout writing style baby….

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