When A Screenwriter Is Frustrated And Quits Writing by Corey Mandell
Corey Mandell: Because here is the truth and this is really sad. Intuitive writers…I’ll give you a true story…I’m am mentor for Film Independent and they have a lab. And they bring in these writers and then you’re mentored by writers and directors of some of the best independent films. And I came in at the end to sort of clean up where the writer had all these notes and before they went to do the rewrite and to sort of make sure their plan was in good shape. So I came in at the end of the process. I worked with this writer, a wonderful woman. And she’d gone to one of the major film schools and she had a MFA. And ever since she was a little girl, all she wanted to be was a writer. And she was so excited to get into this program and she’d written a script. And some of the writers and directors of some of her favorite movies read her script and give her feedback.
And so my job is to see what a rewrite plan is and see and see if I can bring any value to it. So I go “Hey, how’s it going?” and she said “It’s going good” but she said it in a really ‘it’s not going good way.’ And I go “So what’s going on?” and she says “I quit!” and I go “You’re not going to write?” and she says (Watch the video interview on Youtube here).