Thinking Makes It So: 4 reasons everyone should write

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By Kelly LeVan

4. The pay is fabulous

Seriously: Columbia Pictures paid Scott Rosenberg $1.2 million just to rewrite his own script, titled “Black Ice,” in 2000. Of course, he had a bit of an amazing track record with “High Fidelity,” “Con Air,” “Gone in Sixty Seconds” and “The Sentinel.” Nevertheless, since “Black Ice” remains unproduced, it’s hard to say whether he deserved it.

“Well, sure, but he wrote for the movies,” you’re saying – out loud, in unison with the person sitting beside you on the bus, who has been reading over your shoulder – “and I want to write novels!”

Here’s a story for you: Two novelists climbed into a bus. One said to the other, “I can’t imagine why the bus was so late!”

“Ha! YOU can’t,” the other said.

OK – I stole the punch line from “The Simpsons” but the truth remains: You just need a fantastic imagination and a willingness to do the work. Then you get rich.

It’s too late now, of course, but if you had just taken the time to scribble down a few Harry Potter novels, you would be making something like $140/minute or $200,000/day, according to Forbes magazine’s calculations.

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