Looking at the IMDB listings for some screenwriters, I noticed that some of them had very few entries over quite a long period of time. I’m not just talking hack screenwriters either. Some screenwriters of very popular shows and/or movies have resumes that may only include four or five credits over several decades.
Is screenwriting by its nature something people do on the side of whatever pays their daily bills, or do screenwriters make enough off of successful shows to not need to work a lot. It seems like the high volume demands of writing for a television show in production would necessitate a very prolific writer to keep up, but then that doesn’t seem to fit with the long gaps between projects.
What does a decade in the life of a screenwriter look like?