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Monday, January 29, 2018

Thornton P. Knowles On Writing Screenplays in Los Angeles

If you throw a stick into a crowd in Los Angeles, chances are you will hit an aspiring screenwriter. According to Chuck Palachniuk, no one in LA is ever more than fifty feet from a screenplay. They're packed into car trunks, stuffed into desk drawers, tucked away in briefcases, and stored in computers. And every one of them, if you believe the author, is a surefire box office hit. In the vast aspiring writer community, the unpublished screenplay has surpassed the novel. Because people now prefer TV over books, that makes sense. Still, the odds of selling a screenplay are worse than becoming a millionaire via a lottery ticket. In the screenplay business, it's hard to know when hope and ambition fade out and foolhardiness fades in. In one of my crime novels, a failing LA screenwriter finds success by getting into the murder-for-hire business. I'm converting that book into a screenplay. Just kidding.

Thornton P. Knowles

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