How To Know If You Are A Writer? – Mark Sanderson

Film Courage: How does someone really know they’re a writer? Maybe they just like the idea of being a writer, the identity of it?

Mark Sanderson, Screenwriter/Author: It’s a good question (as always). I’ve found with actors as well who I have come in contact with that some people like to play the role and others like to actually do the work. You can see because when it starts getting difficult those who want to play the role go Hmm…this is hard. And then it becomes Well, do you really want to do this? I always say writers write. Writers are a special breed, you know what I mean? I don’t know. It’s hard to explain but you are the one up at 2 0’clock in the morning with passion and you can’t (to use a double negative) not write. It’s something that is in your blood, it’s in your DNA to be a creative person like that. So those people…like I said I used to work in a restaurant as a waiter and there were some people who wanted to be actors and writers as well. I’m working on that thing. And they never finished something. That’s also another indication where you can’t see it through where this person who writes, yes there’s a lot of fear involved because it might be crap. You may not be able to level where you want to be but you have to get through that to get to the other side to master anything (martial arts, whatever it is that you’re studying).

A lot of the people wanted to be acteurs like the brooding Yeah, you know I’m an actor. Wearing the leather jacket. And you say: 

Well are you going on any auditions? 


Are you taking classes? 


You know, I have a good look.

Okay, well that will only get you so far so I think some people may try writing Oh I think I’d like to write a screenplay. Which is fantastic. It might not be maybe novel writing is better suited or maybe both of them are not. It takes a big commitment so I think you…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

Watch the full lecture here on Youtube

In this special Film Courage video lecture, Author/Screenwriter Mark Sanderson presents Staying In The Game: Surviving As A Working Screenwriter in Hollywood for a live audience (with Q&A) – recorded in North Hollywood, CA September 25th, 2018.

Watch the video interview on Youtube here


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About Mark Sanderson:

Mark Sanderson (aka @scriptcat) is a Los Angeles based screenwriter, author, script consultant and sometimes actor blessed to be living his childhood dream of making movies with thirty-six screenplays written in genres ranging from comedy to drama. His work ranges from his sketch comedy writing and performing as a founding member with The Amazing Onionheads, writing for MTV, to his spec sale, and twenty screenplay assignments with television premieres and worldwide distribution of his fourteen emotionally compelling films— the WWII indie feature “I’ll Remember April,” Lifetime Network’s “An Accidental Christmas” and “Deck the Halls,” the stylish indie noir feature “Stingers,” action-packed thrillers “USS Poseidon: Phantom Below” (aka HereTV’s “Tides of War”) and SyFy Network’s “Sea Snakes” (aka Fox’s “Silent Venom”), Lifetime Network’s highly rated thrillers “Mommy’s Little Girl,” and “A Night to Regret,” and the LMN Network premieres “Mother of All Lies,” “A Wedding to Die For,” “One Small Indiscretion,”“Hunted by My Ex,” “Family Vanished,” and the upcoming thriller “My Daughter Vanished.”

Mark’s films have premiered on Lifetime Network, LMN, SyFy, Fox, HereTV, HBO Canada, Christmas 24, NBC/Universal, The Movie Network, and have been distributed globally. His films have been recognized at festivals including a premiere and opening the Palm Springs Int. Film Festival, premieres at the Hawaii Int. Film Festival, St. Louis Int. Film Festival, The Rainbow Festival in Hawaii, Newport Beach Int. Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale Int. Festival, and nominated for the Starboy award at the Oulu Int. Children’s Film Festival in Finland.

Mark’s long association with award winning Hollywood filmmakers dates back to his first produced screenplay and has since worked with Academy Award® winning producers, veteran directors, and has written films starring Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and Emmy® acting nominees and winners. Mark is also a screenplay consultant and his new book, “A Screenwriter’s Journey to Success” is now available on Amazon…(Read more here).

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