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How Do You Know You Are A Writer? — Mark Sanderson

(Watch the video interview on Youtube here)

Film Courage: How does someone really know they’re a writer? Maybe they just like the idea of being a writer, the identity of it?

Mark Sanderson, Screenwriter/Author: It’s a good question (as always). I’ve found with actors as well who I have come in contact with that some people like to play the role and others like to actually do the work. You can see because when it starts getting difficult those who want to play the role go Hmm…this is hard. And then it becomes Well, do you really want to do this? I always say writers write. Writers are a special breed, you know what I mean? I don’t know. It’s hard to explain but you are the one up at 2 0’clock in the morning with passion and you can’t (to use a double negative) not write. It’s something that is in your blood, it’s in your DNA to be a creative person like that. So those people…like I said I used to work in a restaurant as a waiter and there were some people who wanted to be actors and writers as well. I’m working on that thing. And they never finished something. That’s also another indication where you can’t see it through where this person who writes, yes there’s a lot of fear involved because it might be crap. You may not be able to level where you want to be but you have to get through that to get to the other side to master anything (martial arts, whatever it is that you’re studying).

A lot of the people wanted to be acteurs like the brooding Yeah, you know I’m an actor. Wearing the leather jacket. And you say:

Well are you going on any auditions?

Well…no.

Are you taking classes?

Well…no.

You know, I have a good look.

Okay, well that will only get you so far so I think some people may try writing Oh I think I’d like to write a screenplay. Which is fantastic. It might not be maybe novel writing is better suited or maybe both of them are not. It takes a big commitment so I think you…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

(Watch the video interview on Youtube here)

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