Hate to burden you with my writing goals but, like I said, I need you to keep me accountable, dear lovers and friends (don’t worry, you don’t actually have to do anything).
My professional goals are pretty ambitious but… when you’re trying to break into a super competitive field, the least you can be is ambitious, right? Right.
1. Write six spec scripts
Breaks down to two months per script. Insanely slow rate for a real TV writer but with my day job and all the other stuff I’m doing, this will definitely be a challenge. Still, I need to speed it up if I’m going to make it in a writers’ room.
2. Write at least two pilots
I’ve got a couple ideas, including one with my high school BFF Philly. The time has come to actually write the scripts and all the other stuff that goes along with them.
2a. Film a pilot?
I saw so many awesome independent pilots at the New York Television Festival this year. I’d like to enter for 2013, but I know little about film production and it might not be feasible. But I’m trying.
3. Enter all fellowships and three festivals
There are 4 or 5 major TV writing fellowships, with the first deadline being Nickelodeon, starting this month. The good thing about the fellowships is that they all want spec scripts and I can use the same one or two for all of them.
The first festival entry is just a 90-second pitch for the Austin TV Festival, due on youtube in two weeks.
4. Create website
I need a website that has more than this blog on it. Not sure what, but something.
5. Increase blog following
If I knew how to do this one, I would’ve done it already. I think part of it involves migrating to wordpress, which is giving me problems. This is especially important because I’ve heard that studios are looking to blogs for TV content, so if I could actually make this blog happen, it could concretely help me out.
Take, for example, Myra at www.myparentsarecrazierthanyours.com, who is getting her mini-series financed based on her blog (also about living at home) and pretty much living the dream.
Last year, I made it my resolution to pursue being a TV writer. I’ve kept it up for a whole year (a long time for me) but I’ve only just dipped my toe in the water. I guess my professional resolutions can be summed up as Get Serious in 2013.
Feel free to leave me some words of encouragement. Or, you know, tell me to shut up and talk about Daddy‘s latest shenanigans.