Every year at Austin Film Festival, I take a nap in one of the armchairs inside The Hideout, out of sheer happy exhaustion from information overload. I learn a lot from the advice of so many seasoned screenwriters, but more than anything I just need to hear from their mouths the things I know in my gut to be true. That all writers doubt themselves, that success is nothing more than refusing to give up, that you have to stop thinking about "the industry" and start writing from the heart. The filmmakers who have "made it" deal with the exact same frustrations that us "aspiring" ones do. There's no changing that. But as foolish as it is, we'll always be hopelessly in love with movies.

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