Singing Loudly: Getting to the No

Singing Loudly

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Getting to the No

Right now there are thousands of people who are learning whether or not they will be going to one of the many MFA programs to which they applied. Most applications were due from mid-January to the first of February, so I would imagine that some of the nos have been sent out.

There are some things that you should take into perspective if you are in the majority of writers, even the majority of very talented writers, who are receiving word that they aren't what the programs want.

Don't give up. That's the biggest thing to remember. Don't ever fucking give up. If you love writing then you should always write. The industry of writing, the business of theater, the world of Hollywood is all fucking bullshit. It's wrong almost all of the time. If you are going to be a writer living in this world then you need to remember that you're going to hear no all the time.

I've heard more than my fair share of nos. There were times when I couldn't get little start up theater companies to look at anything I wrote. That's nothing, for awhile I couldn't get community theaters to agree to perform my work for free. Guess what...they were wrong.

That's what you have to remember. Somewhere deep inside you've got to believe that they are wrong. That they made the mistake. You have to keep writing, keep growing as a writer, and keep accepting the constructive criticism. You'll hear no a lot in your career. You'll see backstabbing, lying, egomaniacs, power hungry bottom-feeders, and everything between. This is just a part of the business. Accept that it's not perfect and don't concern yourself too much with what's going on around you.


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