Perhaps more aptly titled the Screenwriter’s Lament. I’ve read many a thread here on the Stage 32 forum that center on the difficulties and frustrations of screenwriting to the point that some (quite a few) are ready to throw in the towel. So let’s look at this screenwriting under the harsh light of the truth – the unvarnished truth with no politically correct chaser. (Yes, I know that a lot of us can’t handle the truth.) Screenwriting is one of hardest forms of writing there is. What makes you think you can do this? Why do you want to do this? Let’s start with the “why” first. The world is full of people (like myself) who are too lazy to work and too nervous to steal. After all, screenwriters are rich, attend all the swanky parties, and hang out with all the beautiful people and drive expensive cars. Sounds good to me – easy; I get to hang out in my PJ’s all day and peck away at my computer all day until I’m rich & famous. The cold hard truth is that fantasy just ain’t so. If you believe that myth, you’ll be nothing but road kill along life’s highway. There is no shame in not being a screenwriter. Maybe you’re better suited to be an Accountant, Barber, Chef, Dentist, Engineer….Lawyer (okay, a little shame there). My advice is not to delude yourself wasting your talent on something that just ain’t right for you. What makes you think you can become a screenwriter? Do you ooze natural creativity? Very few of us do. We’re all born with some creativity (watch little kids at play) but frankly, by the time we’ve made it through the sixth grade, most of it has been beaten out of us. As out adult lives come into focus, most of understand that we have to earn a living and we must deal with the day-to-day responsibilities – time becomes scarce to take up such a daunting undertaking (we all get the same 24 hours a day). Are you truly dedicated to carving out a block of time to pursue such a failure prone task? The point is, screenwriting is not an easy path to follow. Have a little heart to heart chat with yourself and remember to be forthright and truthful.