Film Courage: Can you explain how anxiety almost ruined your writing career?
Glenn Gers, Screenwriter: It almost stopped it from starting. I was a terribly, terribly anxious young person. I am still very anxious. Actually writing has become the way I sort of counter anxiety. It’s one of the few things that’s totally within my control and control is what helps with having the feeling. Having something in your control is what helps anxiety. Being able to go into a fictional world or create a world or follow a story in your mind is one of the few things that would prevent me from feeling anxious and yet when I tried to write them down I was always very self-critical, it always seemed more complicated than just making it up in your head to actually get it down on paper…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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Glenn Gers has been a full-time professional writer of movies and television for 25 years. His credits include theatrical features, no-budget indies, TV staff and episodes, original movies for cable and streaming, such as BROTHER’S KEEPER (2002), FRACTURE (2007), MAD MONEY (2008) and many more. He has won multiple festival prizes and an Emmy. He provides tips for writing on his Youtube channel Writing For Screens and offers script-consulting via his website Writingforscreens.com.
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