I would read all these scripts that were being written by writers who had deals with major studios. That was my grad school.
We’d get together for lunch, or for beer in the evening, talk story, and help each other with our scripts.
I hand delivered the scripts to those agents, and then we didn’t hear anything. For two weeks we didn’t hear anything, so then I started calling back the assistants to the assistants of agents.
They just don’t work hard enough. They think that it’s easier than it looks, or they think that everything they write is great.
Think original. Have something interesting and fresh to say. Make your story emotionally relatable and gripping in some way. Make us care. Make us turn the page.