The Road To Hard Work

The hardest thing about writing is "breaking in". The main point I'm gathering from my reading on the subject is that it's more like chip-chip-chipping at the door rather than fetching an axe - Shawshank over Shining. In that vein, some excellent comment on these issues from the British industry: Lucy V on how to get read - including querying anyone and everyone, and making your own works. BBC writersroom on their role as the "interface" between writers and the industry. Bottom line: be patient and persistent. Phill Barron's #scriptchat on agents is also worth a read (if you can navigate the transcript - I advise searching the thing for "phillbarron" to skip to the relevant bits) and introduced me to Mandy.com, where one can find work - paid and lo/no fee. And How to Hustle from Michelle Lipton - the guide to getting work, which basically involves putting in the effort to be seen and to be known. All before you land the gigs actually...
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