I just finished my first screenplay! What a thrill. I’m so happy with the final product and can’t wait for the next steps! The hard work is well worth it!
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Gavin: Congratulations! I wrote my first one about 3 years ago and have written two more since. I remember the feeling getting that first one finished. Cheers and best of luck with the next steps!
Congrats Gavin! That's super exciting!
Here’s to you and many more screenplays. Now go get some egg nog and relax. After Christmas start rewriting.
You seem to have your head screwed on straight, based on what I read on your profile. You're a real writer who knows structure; you have a passion for writing; and you're a researcher who knows how and where to find out what you don't know. So you have all the main elements for advanced success.
Use your strengths, and please don't become a jaded/cynical/delusional/ignorant person who starts to develop thoughts like "Hollywood sucks/Hollywood doesn't make good movies"; "reputable script consultants suck"; or "contests suck." Stay out of those wrong mindsets; utilize your strengths/gifts; work wisely and effectively manage your time.
If you do all that...you will have a real chance to succeed. And that's all anybody should want, you know? A real chance to succeed.
Best wishes to your and your loved ones, and best fortunes to you, bro!
Gavin, congrats! Good feeling, huh! =)
One of the best feelings in the world, isn't it? Congratulations.
Big congrats! Always a major accomplishment. Now come the rewrites... good luck with your project!
Congratulations, Gavin! "The hard work is well worth it!" I couldn't agree more with that statement :).
Congrats. It's always a great feeling. Are you finished finished or is this the first of a few drafts?
The Next bit of Hard work is burying the Script in a Desk Drawer somewhere, leaving it alone for about a week to 10 days, then reviewing it and seeing if you still like it.
Gavin you are a better writer now than you were when you started writing it.
So like others will tell you. Put it away and start writing the next one. When you hit a bit of a block in the next script. Go back and read your first. You will see all the growth you have done and what can be improved in that first script.
Some people say "Never show anyone your first script". That may be true. My first one placed in comps, but I wouldn't write it again. It was more like a series of ideas than a story. I was trying to glue depth onto the main character rather than build someone real.
Never stop writing.
There are two stories I have in my head that I know I am not good enough to write yet. I have written a lot of stuff. But these are important and I need to be the best I can to do them justice.
Congratulations! Give yourself a little mini-party! Remember to thank your Creative Self and everything she birngs to this existence.
There's really nothing like writing 'Fade Out'. Nicely done indeed. All the best on your journey.
Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support! This has been an amazing experience. I’ve already submitted my screenplay to a competition and will be revisiting it after the new year to make edit and do rewrites. This community is wonderful! Love to all!
Congratulations on getting it drafted. But when it comes to the hard work part - you ain't seen nothin' yet.
You finish the script, forget about for a week to 10 days, maybe even a month. Then read it through. I would suggest actually printing a copy out and reading the copy. See how you feel about it now that time has passed.
A. S. T.: LOL
Congrats Gavin Rhoades ! I'm still learning the Final Draft software and how to go from writing books to scripts. So happy for your success!
Congrats! What's your next step?
Yeah... there ain't no feeling like your first born. Ask my firstborn child who is now second to my first script :-)
Good luck. Hang on! It's going to be a bumpy ride.
Congratulations!! The best part is about to begin: the editing process.
Congrats! what a great feeling!
Congratulations! Now put it in a drawer for three months and write something else!