How To | Turning Points

The First Time I Got Paid to Write

My first screenwriting gig, a skateboarding chimpanzee, and a hospital cancer ward.

Sometimes there are these hinge moments in life, infrequent but dizzying in their intensity, when change is less like a dripping faucet and more like a tsunami, a flood, a tornado that turns your world upside-down and drops you in a whole other version of your life. The result may be good or bad or somewhere in between, but what marks this sort of change, the kind that feels like a natural disaster, is that it’s permanent. Wherever you end up, you can’t go back again.

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