LA: It’s a Different Writing World

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When it comes to writing, LA is a different world.

Actually, when it comes to everything, LA is a different world.  But that is a topic for another time.

The LA writing world revolves around screenplays (duh).  If, as a writer, you are not writing a screenplay, pitching one, writing a treatment, or sleeping with the producer who you want to make your movie, you are not writing. 

In other writing worlds, I like to think we are not quite so provincial.  This may not be true, but I like to think it is.  I like to think that when I go to the Mayborn conference on literary non-fiction this summer, my non-literary non-fiction pursuits will be given full respect and accord.  I like to think that I have equal respect for all genres of the writing world, screen-writing included.

Maybe it is because I attended a MFA program that emphasized, to the point that students got nauseous, the interrelatedness of the arts, and every semester we had to write in a different genre.

But this kind of broad-based respect for the arts just doesn’t extend to screenwriters.  Hey–don’t get me wrong, I love them to death, and some of my best buds (Hi, Brian) are screenwriters. 

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But they just don’t see any worlds other than their own.  The corollary to this is that people in the industry are the most provincial I’ve ever met.  I once had a lengthy discussion with an entertainment attorney, a guy who lived in Beverly Hills, and he couldn’t believe that I regularly visited Nashville and Dallas.  I couldn’t believe he rarely left LA.

Ah, but I’m just a girl from Oregon, where there are trees and fresh air and robins instead of the wild parrots that chatter outside my window here.

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