I just added a comment to Lucy Hay's Bang to Write blog on the issue of how to succeed as a writer so I thought I'd also post it here. See Lucy's post and the comments When you get a job, even it's the most menial, put in 100%. Knock their socks off. The person in the drama department making the tea today will be head of drama in 5 years. That person will want their own stable of new, committed (and cheap) writers. The number of new writers I've heard trash the jobs they've landed - eg soap. Hello? Speaking as an experienced writer when you hear a new writer speaking like that it's hard not to make a mental note that this person might be hard to work with because their hearts are not in the job. You're thinking 'What if they're asked to do a major rewrite, will there be a tantrum? Are they seriously concentrating on this script?' etc So when a pal asks if you know any up and comings they might employ you have to qualify any recommendation you might give with the proviso that this person might not be as committed as others. Go figure
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Linda is a screenwriter, novelist and playwright. As well as teaching and mentoring writers around the world, she regularly consults on screenplays at the highest level in the US, UK and Australia.