I've been writing for over 15 years. Within that period of time I've written, directed, and produced 2 stage plays.
I started writing screenplays in July 1996. My first screenplay was called "Power Of Attorney". A true story based on the life of one of my close friends who broke out of Satanism and found his path to God and the call to preach the Gospel.
Writing takes a lot of time, if you want to make it good, and after several re-writes, I began to shop the script around, and around, and around. It bounced from various Christian companies through the summer of 1999. No one wanted it. Yet I was praised for my writing and the flow of the story. Yet they found the subject matter too radical for family value films.
Why wasn't I upset? Disappointed--yes, but HEY I COULD WRITE. I mean I knew I could, but it's nice to hear it from the pro's out there.
Now when I'm not writing I work as an Assistant Manager at Arby's restaurant. I was one of those who liked the company and rode the ladder up. It's a great job, and it gives me time to earn money for living as well as my short films, and they give me the time off to go make my movies, or run off to a film festival. It's kewl to be around a supportive environment. I sure none of them really think I'll make it to the big time, but look at Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, they didn't do too bad, for two guys tinkering with their own script called: Good Will Hunting. So hope is out there.