Introduce Yourself : Amateur Screenwriter: Sitcom, Romcom, Fantasy... by Craig Parsons

Craig Parsons

Amateur Screenwriter: Sitcom, Romcom, Fantasy...

I hail from the Great Northwest and want to introduce myself to the creative community! I am hoping that more colleagues than crickets respond, but we'll see how the moon and the stars align.

I'm an occasional amateur screenwriter (e.g. unrepresented, unproduced) that once in a while, chases a wild hare down a rabbit hole to see where it will lead.

I've recently finished a draft of a low-budget comedy pilot (who hasn't, right?) which features an ensemble cast showcasing a female lead.

I mapped out the first eight episodes and paid for "coverage" which gave me a "feedback score" of 73 out of 100, a.k.a. "pass".

Is my writing career forever tarnished? Should I bury this script in the very rabbit hole I unearthed?

What say you?

Human and cricket feedback appreciated.

Thank you,

CP

Jose Eduardo Penedo

Best of luck and welcome to Stage 32! We're on the same starting-out boat, but I haven't signed for a coverage plan yet so I can't really help you with that.

Aray Brown

Welcome to the community, Craig! Pleasure to meet you ;) My name is Aray, I’m a screenwriter/content creator. Congratulations on finishing your pilot! Your writing career is just beginning. Keep going. Writing is rewriting. I speak from personal experience. Feel free to reach out to Jason Mirch, Director of S32 Script Services, directly j.mirch@stage32.com he would love to know what you’re working on and how he can help move your career forward. Jason will also give you a free month in The Writer’s Room. Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday they meet via zoom for script breakdowns, practice pitches, coverage reports, executive hour and much more

Aray Brown

Have you updated your bio yet? Tell us about yourself, what you’re working on and what you hope to accomplish in order to get more eyes on it. You can also post your logline/loglines for free

Phil Clarke

Welcome, Craig Parsons. Understand your concerns, but all I'd say is keep persevering. One person's comment or view on your work is definitive. Rejection and passes are part of the process we writers must go through. Established, jobbing screenwriters still have their work rejected by production companies; it doesn't change. So take the hit, but keep moving forward. Keep honing your craft, keep striving to get better and better at telling stories. And if you believe in your project, keep sending it out there. Here if you ever want to talk further, Craig.

Christiane Lange

The important thing is not the 'grade'. Focus on the actionable feedback you got. Then do a rewrite.

David C. Velasco

Welcome Craig. You'll find a lot of encouragement here.

Always keep in mind the only person who can end/bury/finish your writing career is you.

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