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Landing his first acting gig may have been easy for Chris Pratt, but selling his first screenplay has been considerably tougher.

“I’ve written four or five, none of which have sold,” he says. “It’s truly a hard thing to do.” Pratt offers aspiring screenwriters his advice on how not to sell a script.

Have an Air of Confidence
“When you’re working as an actor, there’s less necessity to sell something,” Pratt says. “I’m not quite as desperate as my writer counterparts.”

Be Busy
“Shooting a TV show is intense,” he says. “I haven’t put in the necessary time to write screenplay after screenplay.”

Be Impatient
“If it takes you 30 years to get good at screenwriting, that’s okay,” he says. “There’s more longevity in writing [than in acting].”