I received it as a gift, when I was just starting out in TV. I was a Writers’ Assistant on Saved by the Bell: The New Class, which meant my job was to sit in the room with all the Writers, type up their thoughts and ideas, input their changes into the scripts as they gang-rewrote them, then make sure everything was formatted properly so the PA’s could xerox a zillion copies and send them out to everyone.
99.99% of Writers’ Assistants want to be Writers. Everyone knows this, and often it’s rewarded with freelance scripts or even shots at getting on staff, but most of the time it’s ignored in the mad flurry of assistant work that needs to get done now.
So when Christmas rolled around and Dennis Haskins, a.k.a. Mr Belding, traipsed through the office with presents for all the Writers, I didn’t expect to be included. But there it was on my desk: a Writer’s Block, just like the ones he’d given to all the other Writers.
I’ve had it on my desk ever since. Not just for the pun, which is always a quick way to my heart, but for that little vote of confidence. My title didn’t matter. The titles we hold in our daily lives still don’t matter. If we’re passionate about writing, if we commit ourselves to making our writing better and better, and most of all if we put finger to keyboard and write and write and write… we are Writers.
Tell me… what little votes of confidence have you gotten along the way that made a difference to you in your writing career? I’d love to hear about them!
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