03-27-2012 07:44 PM
These days I am pretty busy with my books, where a writer has more control. At the end of the day, it's the writer's name on the book. Hollywood is different. Even if you sell a screenplay and even if a studio is interested, the odds on it actually becoming a movie are about 50 to 1. And if it does become a movie, there will usually be a number of writers involved - and everyone has "Notes" of things to change. It's very different. So I prefer to work on books, but I've learned never to say "never".
I can't imagine having to write a screenplay with several other people. How do you keep track? Even with notes, it sounds like a nightmare!
At least with novel writing, if you hit a wall or the characters don't cooperate, it's your choice where to take the story from there.