Matthew Weiner on Writing

Copyright David Shankbone
Copyright David Shankbone

Sorry I’ve been so quiet everybody, been currently working on private projects and side stuff that I’ve been away from my blog for too long! Today a friend of mine sent me a piece by Matthew Weiner, creator of Mad Men, about his road into Hollywood.

It was a great piece for a writer like me, and I hope it brings some inspiration to you as well. It’s easy to think of writing and just assuming that the great writer’s pop up on publisher radar’s instantly, or that they don’t go through the same period of rejection’s that the rest of us do, however it really is a game of time and luck.

Matthew Weiner spent his time out of college, until he was 30, pursuing his first paying writing gig. He also had to chase his dream project for nearly 4 years before anyone saw any interest in it. For someone that’s a few months into his own big project, that’s both inspiring and also humbling.

It’s also humbling to remember that Stephen King, current reigning horror king, got his start with a novella about a murderous industrial washing machine while he was working with a giant, potentially murderous, industrial washing machine.

Success comes from the strangest places. It’s up to us to stay in the game into we stumble into it or it finds us.

Happy writing everyone!