10 Screenwriters to Watch: Veteran Scribes on How to Stay Afloat

Originally posted on Variety:

What should Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch be wary of on their merry-go-round ride through the film business, as they reach for the brass ring of success and acclaim?

Ethan Hawke, star and co-writer of “Before Midnight,” finds a lesson in one of the great plays from perhaps the greatest of playwrights.

Hawke, who is appearing in “Macbeth” in New York, points out that the witches show up just after Macbeth has his first big military success, demonstrating “whenever people are starting to notice you, it’s a very scary time.” For that reason, “no matter what juncture you’re at in life, humility is your ticket to moving forward.”

It’s one of several nuggets writers who’ve experienced success offer to the new writers coming up behind them.

One theme is: “Keep writing, even if it’s not an assignment,” as Melisa Wallack (a former Screenwriter to Watch herself) advises. Her “Dallas…

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