Free Work

Josh Olson, writer of the screenplay A History of Violence, explains (in vehement detail) why it is so difficult, yet necessary, to turn down unwarranted requests for reading beginning writers’ work.

The whole article is great, but this sums up the argument:

[W]hen you ask a professional for their take on your material, you’re not just asking them to take an hour or two out of their life, you’re asking them to give you–gratis–the acquired knowledge, insight, and skill of years of work. It is no different than asking your friend the house painter to paint your living room during his off hours.

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