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8 Famous Screenplays That Were Rejected – Part 1

Writers, in general, don’t sell their first script, book or novel.  They get lots of rejections, over and over.  Only the most driven and committed writers are able to stay with their commitment for the years it may take to see success.

In an effort to demonstrate to new writers how thick their skin must be to handle rejection, and shed light on the roller coaster of getting packages together, only to watch them fall apart, I want to run down how even the best scripts had major problems getting sold, and often fell apart in studio development.

The point is it takes perserverence, and great internal confidence to fight the odds and win.

William Goldman once said “nobody knows anything” in Hollywood.  Studio executives make decisions based on what worked last week, or which scripts their girlfriends liked.

Keep that in mind.  And remember you can get 1,000 “no’s,”  but all you need is one “yes.”


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