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Any readers who write screenplays? How tough is the market?

I have a question for any readers out there who are screenwriters: What’s the market like right now? Tougher in recent years, or about the same as it has always been? Is it possible for screenwriters to make a living without living in California, specifically in the Los Angeles area?

It has been years since I’ve read a screenplay, or any sort of play for that matter. I’ve never tried writing such a specialized form of fiction, and have no advice for how to write plays or screenplays.

But I would suspect, as our culture turns more and more toward television, DVDs, and other types of home entertainment centers, “live” theater on a major scale is dying. Outside of Broadway and other venues in New York City, I suppose only scattered local “little theaters” and dinner theaters are doing much of anything.

I suppose screenplays are still in some demand, if nothing else by small, independent studios and direct-to-video producers. But then I think screenplays, even at their height, were always pretty localized to the L.A. area, weren’t they?

I would love to know more about the craft of playwrights and screenwriters. If you have experience in these areas, please leave a comment and share your expertise with us.