Ack! It’s been too long since one of these posts.
I’ve successfully been in LA for four months. Which is kind of crazy, because it goes so quickly and in some ways, it feels like I just got here. For the first three months it seemed my body was in LA, and my heart was in NYC. But now, I slowly feel the tide turning. Perhaps it’s because I’m surrounded by like-minded hungry screenwriters who share my goal. When I returned from my holiday break and reunited with my classmates, I felt a connection and a joint sense of purpose.
Granted I’m only one quarter in, but coming to UCLA for my MFA in Screenwriting was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. It was hard at first, primarily socially, but it’s getting better every day. And I can see the opportunities for writers that abound here. It’s elevated my understanding of screenwriting as a career, and already, I see my work is improving.
If you’re thinking about your MFA, I say do it. It’s an amazing opportunity to truly devote yourself to your writing. As one of my classmates told me – at UCLA, you don’t “learn” to write, you learn to “invest” in your writing.