Hey, call up a stranger and tell them you want some advice. Better yet, call up a famous stranger.
That was an assignment my husband and I had in one of our Screenwriting classes. The assignment was to get a mentor – someone who is established and knows a thing or two about writing for film. Someone we can ask questions of, and get real life advice about the do’s and don’ts of screenwriting and the film business.
Sure, no problem, let me just get Spielberg on the line. He won’t think I’m crazy at all. OK in all fairness he probably wouldn’t think I’m crazy, because I’m sure he’s been asked to be a mentor for many number of things – writer, director, producer, etc. He is, after all, a man of many talents. But, I seriously doubt he has time to answer the questions of a small-town Kentucky girl who would probably spend more time yammering and stammering than asking actual questions.
I’m sure this applies to folks writing novels as well – give Stephen King a call!