10 Reasons Why Your Screenplay Will Never Sell

November 20, 2012 at 10:00 am

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I don’t write many screenwriting posts that attempt to ‘teach’ anything and the reason is simple:  It’s very difficult to teach something you haven’t experienced yourself.

XTRA | I’m not a screenwriting expert.  I just love to write screenplays.

With that in mind, I feel I have inside knowledge about screenplays that do not sell… Because I’ve never sold a screenplay.  Obviously, these aren’t the definitive reasons your screenplay won’t sell but they certainly don’t help.

1. You lack confidence.

2. You make excuses.

3. You rush to the finish line.

4. You think your first draft is glorious.

5. You’re Your grammar needs to improve

6. You spend more time talking about your script than actually writing it.

7. You can’t take criticism.

8. Your screenplay isn’t good enough.

9. You aren’t passionate enough.

10. Your screenplay has no heart.


Number 1 is a tough one to get over and is usually the cause of number 2.

Number 4 is an extension of number 3 because you never want to rush things but it happens.

If you think your first draft is incredible you likely aren’t enthusiastic about the rewrite process.  Which could mean your grammar is terrible.

When you’re stalled, you don’t put the work in.

Number 8 will haunt you.  You could easily lose focus and the work will suffer.  You can always make your screenplay better so stop talking about it (#6) and get the work done.

Most of all, if you aren’t passionate about the story you’re trying to tell, it won’t show in the pages you write.  Number 9 & 10.  Figure out those and you’ll find the fundamental cure to 1-8.

Of course, it’s my goal to one day write about the 10 things I did to SELL a screenplay…  It’s a work in progress.  I sincerely hope there are no grammar mistakes in this post.

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