I’m coaching a person at the moment on how to write screenplays. He’s very good but his ego at times seems a bit meager to me. At other times, his confidence brims over. He’s wanting to submit something to an agent or production company and he asked me if I thought he was ready.
I said yes, but let’s polish your work and make sure it is exactly as you want it. He then asks, “I don’t want to submit if I am going to be rejected…”
WHAT? I proceed to tell him that 99.99999% of the writers I have known (including me) have been rejected at least once or twice in their lifetime (I was being kind). He seems baffled by that statement.
“But you said I was good, right?” Hell, John Grisham is good and he was rejected by every major publishing house when he was shopping The Firm around.
So I asked this question, “What drives your destiny? If an agent or other critic tells you your work stinks, does it? Are you going to change your work to suit every single opinion you recieve?”
Maybe it’s because he is new to this process. I don’t know. He simply states, “Everybody that has read my work says my work is awesome.”
There’s something to be said for knowing the truth deep down inside however unpleasant or pleasant that might be.
Having the courage to acknowledge it one way or the other speaks volumes about a person.
It’s something to think about.