Seven stages of coping with being a writer.

Shit, I’ve become one of those assholes.

I’ve never sold a script and I’m going to tell others what it takes to be a success.


Well here it is.

I’ve been writing screenplays for about 15 years now. You see that, I’m not a writer. I write, and would say I spend most of my time writing, but I’m not a writer.

I think I’m close though.

I’m in one of these phases.

  1. SHOCK & DENIAL- When you start out and surprise yourself that you actually wrote something good.
  2. PAIN & GUILT- You stop writing cosmetically and reach down and really put yourself into it, sharing every scar.
  3. ANGER & BARGAINING- Though you’re not quite there you’re angry that you know you have it in you, but are just not there yet.
  4. "DEPRESSION", REFLECTION, LONELINESS- After completing each script there’s a sadness that it is over. These people you have created are done playing together for a while if they ever get to play together ever again.
  5. THE UPWARD TURN- Not only do you think you’ve written something good others are starting to see this as well.
  6. RECONSTRUCTION & WORKING THROUGH- With this new confidence a support system recalculate the value of all your past work and start to tell your friends you’re a writer and not just writing things here and there.
  7. ACCEPTANCE & HOPE- You’re a writer.

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.