Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Three Rejections and Two Responses

So far this year, I have been rejected from three theatres. The last one was this morning, and at first, I was bummed. I went in the living room and told the fiance, and I said also that I was getting to the point where I didn't want to look at my email anymore because of the rejections. Then I looked at the email, and realized this one was different.

I got not one, but two responses from readers of the plays for the competition.

This is a rare thing, I have heard, and, in my experience, this is the first time I have gotten this kind of in depth analysis of something I have written.

Both responses didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. This play is desperate for character development and there's a lot of stereotyping, and not always in a good way. Then I was told several things I wasn't aware of.  

I really struggled with the dialogue and at the end found it too Disney for my taste. I think that this play would make a perfect episode of the Wizards of Waverly Place.

The same responder also suggested I get a copyright on the play and send it to The Wizards of Waverly Place.

I might just do that.

Here's the funny part--I've never watched any of those Disney tween shows, or at least that's what I am assuming this Wizards of Waverly Place is. Crazy. Part of me feels like I should  be insulted, but these shows are popular for a reason. I never expected such in depth analysis from a rejection.

It does give me hope that I might be able to get my writing out there yet. It might just be in a different way.


dirtywater22 said...


Rejection is never easy, but it is part of the process. I've gotten my fair share of rejection letters for my scripts and it just reinforces that I have to continue to grow as a screenwriter and hone my craft.

Rejection can be discouraging but the coverage and feedback I've received reinforces that I have a story to tell. I just need to do a better job of telling it.

I saw you post on Ken Levine blog and decided to check you out. I hope he responds. Best of luck and keep writing.

Toni Wilson said...

Thank you so much for your comment! Wow, I didn't think that I would get anyone else looking at my blog based on my begging Ken Levine to talk to me. :)

Part of the problem was that I was getting rejected and got no explanation as to HOW to make the script better. I know that theatres are very limited on the time they have so it's not their fault (I've been a script reader, I know how tough it can be), but it was the feedback I got after that year and a half of NO, NO, NO that really helped light a fire again. Not that I ever lost it, but I guess I had it hiding under a bushel.

Thank you for your encouragement. It means the world to me.

And best of luck to you as well!

Write on!

dirtywater22 said...

I will. If your not already in one find a group of playrights that you can trust to give you that writer's feedback. Writing groups have always helped me despite coverage of lack there of.

Best wishes:)

Toni Wilson said...

I should see if there is a group of playwrights in Little Rock. There aren't a lot of playwrights in Conway, Arkansas, virtually none that I know of. I have some online friends who are willing to look at my work and I trust them, but you're right, a writing group would be helpful. I am going to check it out.