ScreenCraft: What’s the lasting screenwriting advice over the years for all screenwriters?
Dave Trottier: Relax and have fun; you cannot write when you’re uptight. Screenwriting is a profession; most professions take years of preparation, so be patient with your progress and be steady with your efforts. Your first script should be based on the idea you have the most passion for, regardless of market suitability. Thereafter, concept is important.
In terms of selling, think small. Everyone’s trying to write a blockbuster. Maybe break in with something less grandiose. The single key to writing and selling success is to set weekly goals and follow-through.
It’s a favorite experience because it’s painful, but I learned to be resilient and to keep writing. Good things followed. So… keep writing!