How I became a writer. Part 8

How I became a writer. Part 8

Having handwritten 13 episodes for a series off the cuff in a different country with a different culture was my great big start. Having sold the scripts about 3 months later made me a professional writer. A paid one for that matter. 

It was quite a shock at the beginning and something I would never have ever dreamed of. 

Writing scripts were so far removed from manufacturing furniture that when I told my parents they didn’t believe me. 

Writing them and being paid for them, well… That was something amazing indeed. But that was far from writing books. The creativity jump from poetry to short stories was pretty simple. 

Short stories to scripts was a far-fetched idea that did work out. In the years to come my then-wife told me that she thought I was absolutely off my rocker for even attempting to write a script. Just goes to show you that when you do try, you can succeed. The scripts went on and on and we wrote thousands of episodes over the years. 

It was amazing to be thrown into the depths of creative writing. To create characters from thin air, or from people we saw on the street. For me, it was always important to know who would play what character. Real or someone off the street with a made-up background worked to keep me going. A man with a tattoo who would play a mean-ass guy but be a loving dad. A washed-up model who comes back and gets her life together. Or the prostitute that was supposed to be killed off in episode three becomes a character that people root for. 

That character was very memorable. I forget her name, but she was to be in three episodes along with her boyfriend who was also to die. I loved them, but more importantly, I loved the two real actors who played them. We met them so we grew to like them. They were super happy because their contracts got extended and two nobodies became somebodies. That is how life goes, you just never know…

I stopped writing scripts around 2003 or 2004 and went back to a thriving family business. That sort of drew the curtains on that part of my life. 

But not to the poetry and the short story writing. It became easier when we could all whip up a storm on Blackberry and then the iPhones and so on. It was all digital and there were so many days I would pull over the car and type up something that popped in my head. 

The brewing process continued…

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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