Writer To Writer: Katie Willert

This interview took place in 2010, but Katie Willert still is a young comedienne making waves online as a writer and actress. Willert has  has received much praise for her personal brand of comedy. She was kind enough to give me a great interview about her habits as a working writer and how she started writing in the first place.

Check out our interview below and enjoy.

Nick: How long have you been writing seriously?

Katie: I’ve been writing since I was 10, but I’ve only been writing seriously

for about 2 ½ years now.

Nick: How much writing have you done outside of comedy?

Katie: I’ve been writing prose and poetry for myself since I was 10 years old. In 5th and 6th grade, my closest friends and I had a writer’s workshop once a week and at the end we put together a pretty kickass literary magazine. All of my comedy writing has been what other people have read. All of the non-comedy writing I’ve kept to myself… Hopefully not for long.

Nick: What do you personally feel you can bring to the table as a writer?

Katie: My experiences. I’ve lived a LOT of life in 24 years. I’ve had a lot of crazy familial experiences and relationships and I think that makes my writing

very unique.

Nick: If you could write any movie that’s already been made, what would it be and why?

Katie: I love “Drop Dead Gorgeous”… It’s such a well written comedy with a great plot. It also does a beautiful job of capturing a small town in the Midwest.

Nick: How often do you write?

Katie: Every day. Not a lot always, but I try to write everyday. I hope I get to a point where I have a more regimented writing schedule, because that’s when the good stuff comes out.

Nick: Personally, what do you ultimately want to accomplish in your career?

Katie: I want to be able to comfortably support myself by writing and performing.

I want to have more than enough money to pay my rent and bills while doing what

I love.

Nick: What aspects of screenwriting do you like and dislike the most?

Katie: I love getting to find the journey of the characters through dialogue and hearing their voices and how they interact with each other. The part I dislike the most is just how daunting it all seems when you’re getting started. But that’s the most important thing… Just getting started.

Nick: How many non-work related scripts have you written and completed?

Katie: I’m in the process of writing four different screenplays. When I get blocked or overwhelmed, I take a break and try to write something else. I really hope I finish them someday. I’ve written nine short plays since high school.

Nick: What was the first script you ever wrote?

Katie: I wrote a play about a high school misfit who captures his bully and traps him in a cage in his basement. I promise it was a comedy.

Nick: What do you hope the last script you ever write will be?

Katie: Funny.

Much thanks to Katie for doing this for me. For more from Katie make sure to follow her on twitter.


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