Melissa: (advice to upstart writers) Find a way to live, if you're not independently wealthy. Have some life experience. Know how to type. If you can, get a job as a writer's assistant so you can find out how things are done, and be on hand if something opens up. If you can't get a job as a writer's assistant -- which are hard gigs to get -- get a job as a literary agent's assistant. It's a brutal job that will kill your spirit. But you will form relationships with people on the business. Take scriptwriting classes at UCLA or AFI. And all the while keep writing. Then somebody may give you a shot.