Author William Wright
I have been writing with the goal of selling my work
since age 17 (Iím now 35). I was a fan of Prince and wrote a novel based
on one of his songs. The novel took nearly a year to write. A few days
after graduating high school, I drove from Indiana to Minneapolis to get
my book to Prince, only to hear from one of his managers that they donít
Disappointed, I came
back home and told what happened to a writing teacher Iíd had. He
suggested I try a literary agency, mentioning one in particular he
had heard good things about. The only problem was, this particular
agency charged roughly $300 to review a manuscript. I raised the
money and sent my manuscript. A few weeks later, the agency said
that while I have potential, my manuscript was not sellable. So I
wrote another manuscript, then another one and another one and
another one, sending each (with fee) to the agency, which told me
the same thing each time. Tired of the constant rejection, I
decided to just forget the whole thing.
wasnít until several years later, after getting my bachelorís in
journalism and enlisting in the Navy, that I decided to give writing
another try. I was sitting at work, bored, and a story came to me.
Though it wasnít much at the time, it was interesting enough for me
to write it down. Over time, I extended the story into a screenplay
and attempted to sell it. As before, I was met with rejection.
This time, however, instead of starting a new manuscript or giving
up, I decided to rework what I had written. A little change here, a
little change there Ė and in retrospect, Iím glad I was initially
rejected. The experience has made me a better writer.
been several years since I first wrote my story, and only now can I
confidently say that my script is where it needs to be. I am proud
of A Family Affair, and the time has come to unleash it.