Writing can be a lonely process, even when you’re writing as a team.
For the majority of the time, you write with absolutely no knowledge at all of whether people will ever respond to your writing. You’re writing in the dark. That’s the job; we signed up for it, it’s part of the crazy wonderful life of being a writer. That said, it’s always nice when, every now and then, someone shines a light on the writing that you’re doing. We look up, blinking, slightly taken aback that someone likes what we’re doing. It’s a funny life — you have to believe in what you’re doing 100% with ironclad certitude — you couldn’t possibly make it through the rejections and knockbacks if you didn’t — and yet when someone actually says, this is good, there’s always that feeling of surprise. Like… really? Us?
So, when our TV pilot script USE OF FORCE was one of three finalists for the Greater Philadelphia Film Office SIP Screenwriting TV awards, we were shocked. When our script won, officially the Comcast/NBCUniversal TV Prime Time award, we were stunned and overjoyed! That recognition and validation meant so much. It was a particularly nice kind of light to have shone on your work.
Plus, writers don’t get out much. So getting to attend an award ceremony in a beautifully designed space in Center City (with a great view), talk to some awesome people, and eat some fine food… yeah, that was nice!
So we’re grateful on many counts — we really appreciate all the people who helped get us there — the readers, the GPFO (special shout-out to Joan!), and the judges. A heartfelt thank you to all who believed in us.
Here’s the official press release.