Once I graduated high school, I started applying enormous amounts of time to getting a screenwriting career going. That became a very, very focused effort in my early twenties, during which time I was set dressing…I was not making much money doing it, but it kept the rent paid, and when the job was over, I would have enough saved up to sit at home for a month and just write. I treated writing like a full-time job. I would sit at home until the bank account bottomed out, and then I’d call my friend Greg, who was an art director — and these days, my production designer — and I’d say, “Get me on the next gig, dude!”
Nine years after graduating high school, I started making a living as a screenwriter, and I haven’t looked back — but that nine years involved a lot of sittin’ in the chair and trying to figure out how to become a professional-level screen storyteller.
-Frank Darabont, excerpt from the book “Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories“