By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Drew McWeeny

“The job of writing about film and entertainment on a daily basis [is like] walking on a treadmill. You’re in constant motion, but you never seem to get anywhere or accomplish anything substantial. I can’t tell you how many things I’ve wanted to do over the years, only to have the demand of the daily grind gradually beat all of the ambition out of me. You get to a point where you’re just trying to keep up with the always-hungry maw, and you never really have a chance to step back and look at what you’re doing. The last few months, I’ve had a chance to really look around at the state of movie journalism and, honestly, I’m not sure where I fit in it at this point. There are so many good writers out there right now, and it feels like they’re all being asked to run a marathon with one leg tied behind their back. In a world of clickbait, what good is it to be a real writer? I don’t care about writing breathless stories every time a new trailer is released, and I don’t care who just got cast in a film that won’t be out for three years. There is such an ugly competitive thing in our business, and yet the stakes are so low and the actual things people are fighting over are often ridiculous.

So can I do this in a different way?

Can I do this in my own way?
~ Drew McWeeny Muses, December 2016 pdf

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