I recently read an interview with story guru Robert McKee. The interviewer asked all the typical questions one might want answered by one of the stalwarts of the story-telling community, including this one:
Q: What's the best advice you can give for emerging screenwriters today? Is there one thing that you could say is most important when trying to break in?
His answer surprised me.
Robert McKee: Go to the gym and work out. Writing burns you out, but then you have to get up off your tired ass, put your script under your arm and knock on every door 'til your knuckles bleed. That takes the energy of a five-year old, the concentration of a chess master, the faith of an evangelist and the guts of a mountain climber. Get in shape.